Vitex… Fertility Super Herb?

Vitex… Fertility Super Herb?

Article Overview

Vitex is a beautiful shrub native to Greece and Italy whose berries have been used in herbal medicine for centuries. It is considered one of the most popular herbs in Europe and other Western nations for the support of gynecological imbalances.

Modern clinical research and traditional use of vitex have shown its amazing ability to help balance fertility hormones. Since vitex does not contain hormones it has a supportive, gentle and non direct action on the body. Vitex is one of the most useful fertility herbs available to us.

How Vitex Works

Our current understanding of vitex is that it has a supporting and regulating effect upon the pituitary gland. The pituitary is known as the “master gland” because it controls many vital bodily functions such as sending chemical signals to the ovaries, telling them how much hormones to make. This communication is known as the hormonal feedback loop.

Vitex has been shown in studies to:

Vitex is one of the best fertility herbs available to us when it comes to balancing hormones and regulating the menstrual cycle.

Inhibit follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH): Vitex increases the secretion of luteinising hormone (LH), which in turn increases progesterone.

Lengthens a short luteal phase: Studies have shown vitex to be affective at lengthening the luteal phase. While it does not contain any hormones itself, it does help the body to increase its own production of luteinizing hormone (promoting ovulation to occur) which in turns boosts progesterone levels during the luteal phase of the cycle.

Increased progesterone levels: Vitex has been shown to stimulate the formation of the corpus luteum. The corpus luteum is responsible for the secretion of progesterone. In a study of 45 women, 86% responded positively with normalized or significantly improved progesterone levels.

Reduces advancement of mild endometriosis: Vitex is used in Germany by gynecologists to treat mild endometriosis and prevent it from advancing.

May help prevent miscarriage: Vitex has a beneficial impact on progesterone levels. If miscarriages are due to low progesterone, vitex may help to normalize or increase progesterone levels. Vitex may be considered safe to use during pregnancy, but make sure to consult with a healthcare practitioner when using this herb during pregnancy. Also make sure to read our ‘Use During Pregnancy’ section below.

Relieves PMS: Clinical research has shown that vitex may be very beneficial for PMS symptoms, especially depression, headaches, rashes, acne, allergies and sensitivity of the breasts. In one study improvement of PMS by the first month was experienced by 32% of the women. By the third month 84% of the women experienced improvement of their PMS.

Lack of menstruation (amenorrhea): In a study of 15 women with amenorrhea, 65% had resumed a menstrual cycle by the sixth month of use. Progesterone levels also increased.

Irregular menstruation: Vitex has been shown to help balance both an absent menstrual cycle as well as aid a menstrual cycle that is heavy or too frequent.

Uterine cysts: Vitex has been found to be helpful at reducing cysts that are growing within the smooth muscle layer of the uterus.

Stabilization of menstruation after stopping birth-control pills: After discontinuing estrogen-containing birth control pills, vitex taken for several months has been shown to help stabilize the cycle and induce ovulation more quickly.

Helps stimulate milk production in new mothers: For over 2,000 years vitex has been used to help stimulate mother’s milk. Begin using vitex right after birth and continue for 10 days or more as needed.

Acne: Several studies have shown an improvement in the skin with the use of vitex. Along with appropriate diet changes vitex may help acne.

Vitex can help basically any issues that one experiences that disappear once pregnancy begins and returns after breastfeeding ends.

How to Use Vitex

For optimal results vitex should be taken long-term. Clinical research shows that vitex may start working within 10 days, but full benefits may not be experienced until 6 months or longer. For PMS results are normally seen by the second menstrual cycle. But for lasting changes it may need to be taken for up to a year or more depending on how long the imbalance has been present.

Vitex is making fundamental changes in the delicate chemical chemistry of the body, this is why it takes some time to have an effect. Since vitex is a harmonizing and nourishing herb, it works  behind the scenes to restore balance in a gentle way. Unlike a refined synthetic drug which forces the body to change, vitex works to nourish and support the system bringing about long term balance.

Vitex use & Dosage
Vitex is generally suggested to be taken once a day in the morning on an empty stomach (half an hour before breakfast). If vitex is being used as part of a herbal blend containing other herbs, use as directed on the bottle. Vitex should be used all month long without a break.

  • Capsules: 900-1,000mg a day
  • Tincture: 60-90 drops a day

Which is the best vitex to take?
Vitex comes in many forms, loose herbs, capsules, tea, tincture and powder. We find that capsules and tincture offer the most consistent results since it is easier to control the dosage. Many of the compounds needed from vitex are easily extracted in alcohol (tincture) versus water (tea). Vitex is very strong tasting, almost bitter, so I would not suggest making a tea unless you blend other herbs with it, that is one reason capsules are so convenient.

Does Vitex Work for Everyone?

Vitex generally works for most adult women in their childbearing years (from age 18-perimenopause), but there are some cases where it may have no effect.

Women who have less than ideal lifestyle habits will probably not experience the full effects of vitex. For those who have low energy reserves, weak immune systems, eat mostly processed foods, have been on antibiotics or steroids for a while – changes in diet and lifestyle are necessary prior to beginning the use of vitex. Without making these changes in addition to using vitex, you may not experience results.

Perimenopause is the time leading up to menopause. Perimenopause typically begins at the age of 40. As perimenopause progresses toward menopause, it is normal for menstrual cycles to become irregular and for hormone levels to fluctuate. As ovarian reserve diminishes and egg health declines, FSH levels may rise. For some women vitex may be helpful in maintaining regular cycles and lowering higher FSH levels, but vitex cannot reverse the aging process. It may or man not be effective for women in perimenopause, each woman is different. Vitex cannot bring back the menstrual cycle in women who have gone through menopause.

Safety & Side Effects

Vitex has been used for over 2,000 years with no significant side-effects reported. Some minor and infrequent side-effects (1-2% of users may experience) have been nausea, gastrointestinal upset, skin reactions, and headache. Women with a history of depression taking vitex for menstrual irregularity may experience an exacerbation of depressive symptoms.

Even though it has been shown to have no interference with oral contraceptive vitex should not be used in conjunction with prescribed progesterone containing medication such as birth control pills in case it may interfere with their activity.

Some women do experience a shift in their cycle when they first begin using vitex. The length of the menstrual cycle may shorten or lengthen temporarily before it finally stabilizes. This is just the body balancing itself out and is completely normal.

Safety ratings

  • German Commission E has approved the use of vitex for menstrual cycle irregularities, premenstrual disturbances, and mastodynia.
  • The Botanical Safety Handbook had categorized vitex as a class 1 herb. Class 1 herbs are herbs that can be safely consumed when used appropriately.

Vitex use During Pregnancy

It is believed that vitex’s ability to increase progesterone levels has explained the positive results seen by herbalists and midwives who used it to help prevent recurrent miscarriages in women. No studies on humans have been done yet supporting this, only traditional use. There have been reproductive toxicology studies with female rats where they were given up to 80 times the concentrated used clinically in humans, showing no difference in offspring compared with the rats given none.

German research shows vitex can be taken safely through the end of the third month of pregnancy and may help prevent miscarriage. Vitex is still considered safe to take after the third month, but it is thought that it may stimulate lactation too early, so for this reason it is suggested to not continue after the third month of pregnancy. Also, during the third month of pregnancy is the time the placenta takes over progesterone production on its own, so vitex most likely won’t be needed anyways.

If you are deciding to use vitex during pregnancy, we suggest you consult with an herbalist or midwife for guidance and supervision.

Summary

Vitex is a fantastic herb for fertility, helping with a range of issues such as PMS, low progesterone, lack of ovulation, irregular menstrual cycles, lack of a menstrual cycle, acne and so much more. Vitex offers many benefits but requires patience and consistency of use. It should be used all month long and taken as one dose in the morning on an empty stomach.

References
1. Hobbs, Christopher. Vitex, The Women’s Herb, page 15, Vitex and Pregnancy. 2003
2. Romm, Aviva. Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. 2010

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  1. Hi! Can I take Vitex, Maca and Probiotics? Or is there any contraindication?

    • Hi Eliana,

      Vitex is best taken first thing in the morning, in one dose, a half hour prior to eating breakfast. The maca and probiotic are best taken with foods, so breakfast or lunch is a good time and yes, they are fine to take during the same time period (together).

  2. hi Elizabeth, question please,y ou said generally suggested is for one to take vitex once in a day, half an hour before breakfast? I just started my vitex, folic acid, and maca today,is it ok for me to be take vitex 900 mg together with maca 500 mg, folic acid 400 mg,once in a day?half an hour before breakfast? thanks, your reply please.

    • Hi Gladys,

      Yes, we fine that vitex is most effective when taken first thing in the morning, a half an hour prior to eating breakfast. Vitex is fine to take at the same time you are also taking maca and folic acid. It would be best to take the vitex first, wait a half an hour and then take the maca and folic acid with breakfast.

  3. Good day,I’ve been taking the Vitex for over a month now,but i still haven’t seen a period,this now is making me question whether or not this herb works in regulating the cycle. Seeing that I’ve been plagued with irregular periods since it stated 9 years ago,i wonder if this could be a possible cause of why the drug haven’t worked as yet however i have since been feeling a little pricking feeling in my lower left abdomen, is this a good sign,and how much longer would i have to take the Vitex to actually start seeing results.? Should i take it along with another herb for better results?

    • Hi Neka,

      Vitex can take several months of consistent use to bring about desired results. This by no means suggests that Vitex is the right herb for your personal fertility challenges. Vitex is not a drug, but rather an herbal nutritional supplement. You might want to also consider other support natural therapies for regulating the menstrual cycle in addition to Vitex use. You can learn specific natural therapies for different types of menstrual cycle irregularities in our Natural Guide for Menstrual Health. Be sure to eat a nutrient dense fertility diet and get in regular moderate exercise!

      Best Wishes!

  4. Thank you, you made my day!

  5. Hello I am 39 yrs old and had an unsuccesful IVF last year. I am going thorough another IVF attempt next month. My FSH was high this month at a level of 17 and my doctor wouldn’t proceed with the next steps for IVF. Will taking vitex capsules help lower my FSH in two weeks since I will be getting blood work again in approxiatmely two more weeks?

    • Hi Kyia,

      It sounds like you are in a tough spot, so sorry to hear that! First, we don’t recommend combining any medications you are taking for IVF with herbs. So, if you are taking some medications, I would say no to vitex. In my experience, vitex takes many months to be truly effective, so with only a two week window I am not sure it will be effective in promoting fertile FSH levels. You never know though, you could consider giving it a try to see what happens, but I would say there are no guarantees.

      Wishing you all the best!

  6. Hi, i am 38 and doing fertility treatments. We took a break for the last few months from IUI. I have been taking Vitex and Maca root for the last two months and my prenatal vitamins. I got a postive pregnancy text the other day. My doctor now thinks i might have a false pregnancy due to the progesterone in the Vitex. Waiting for blood work to come back and say positive. Is this possible to have a false test from the drug?

    Thank you

    • Dear Carrie,

      Congratulations! This is wonderful news!

      I have not ever heard of the fertility herb Fertilica Vitex or fertility superfood Fertilica Maca (neither of which are drugs) causing a false positive pregnancy test.

      Again, Congratulations!

  7. Thanks for your reply Elizabeth. God bless.

  8. Hi Elizabeth! I want to start taking Chastetree Berry, Vitex Extract 300mg, 90 veg capsules, and Maca 500 mg now. Please how many capsules am I supposed to take in a day. I pray that this will help to bring back my period. Please, waiting for your reply. Thanks…

  9. Hi! I recently been trying to get pregnant and in mid-Feb I ordered 1 bottle of a product call FerilAid to help regulate my irregular period and to possibly get pregnant. I’m 23, no kids and one miscarriage years ago when I was 18. Since coming off the shot over a year and a half ago, I had very irregular periods. Sometimes it will come every 29 days and other times it will come every 38 or 36 days. It’s been very heavy and more painful lately. Anyways, after taking FertilAid I completely stopped getting a cycle at all. I took plenty of pregnancy tests and even went to the doctor where I haven’t gotten a positive test. This never happened before and I want to know if Vitex will fix this or not!

    • Dear Trish,

      I am sorry this has caused concern. I can only speak in general terms as FertilAid is not our product, but I wanted to share that FerilAid contains herbs that support the body in achieving hormone balance, one of which is Vitex. For some women, beginning these herbs can cause temporary menstrual cycle shifts as the body responds to the herb’s actions. While concerning, I do understand, this is often a sign that the body is in fact responding to the herbal actions… a good sign. We typically see menstrual cycle shifts like these work themselves out within 1-3 cycle of use of our Fertilica brand products.

      It may be best to reach out to the makers of FertilAid to share your experience and receive their support as well.

      Sadly, it is not at all uncommon for women to experience irregular menstruation and menstrual cycles after stopping hormonal birth control. Take some time to learn How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control, Fertilica Vitex being one of several herbs to learn about that can support female hormonal balance after stopping birth control.

      I hope this is helpful!

  10. I started taking Fertilica Vitex February last year and I ran out in July. I ordered four more bottles, it came in September and I didn’t continue. Instead I started with Maca, Network Antioxidants, Cod Liver Oil, Wobenzym N, Royal Jelly, and Fertile Woman One Daily. After I was done with the 3 bottles, I stopped because my period became regular 29 days, but I still have hot flashes. I did a hormone assay on day 9 for FSH, LH and prolactin, but my FSH and LH where normal, but prolactin is still high. I want to start on Vitex again, but I don’t know if I should take Maca and Vitex, or Vitex alone. Is there a natural herb to use to lower my prolactin? Please I need help. Thank you.

    • Dear Rosemary,

      It sounds as though you are seeing positive results which is great. Vitex is an herb known to support healthy prolactin levels. Learn more about high levels of prolactin in the absence of pregnancy here…

      Fertilica Vitex and Fertilica Maca complement one another. They can and often are taken together. Each has differing fertility benefits and if you are wishing for the nutrient, libido support, energy boost, and egg health benefits of Fertilica Maca, it could be considered along with Fertilica Vitex.

      Take care!

  11. I have been taking Vitex for 2 weeks now. My goal is to regulate my period and also get pregnant. My last period start date was 2/4/15 and I haven’t started after being on the Vitex. Any suggestions or comments? I’m 31 and have a history of irregular cycles… just want another little one. Thank you!

    • Hello Lindsay!

      First, I have to ask if you could be pregnant. It would be important to determine this in order to best proceed with a natural fertility program.

      While one may experience the actions of Fertilica Vitex within 10 days of use, this is rare. It is not expected for one’s menstrual cycle to regulate, or period to return after only 2 weeks of use. In fact, Fertilica Vitex has suggested use of a minimum of three months and often six months to one year to experience its full benefits. The amount of time differs from woman to woman.

      Our Natural Guide for Menstrual Health may be helpful to read through, as may the article 12 Weeks to Improving Your Period.

      I hope this is helpful information!

  12. Hi! I have been HIV positive for some years now. I have been taking some medicine and my menstrual period had not been regular for some months now. I have not see my menses, as I’m taking this drug for HIV. I don’t know if it is right for me to be taking Vitex, Maca and folic acid? I used to take my drugs every night. Please just a question… Thanks very much.

    • Dear Ann,

      Guiding you in combining herbs and vitamins with HIV medications is beyond my scope of practice. If a side effect of the medication is that is may cause absent menstruation, or hormone imbalance, herbs and vitamins may not be effective in supporting healthy menstruation.

      It is going to be best to speak with your healthcare practitioner or a naturopathic doctor one on one to determine the best course of action for your specific needs.

      All my best to you!

  13. Hi!
    I recently started taking Vitex after not having a cycle for almost a year. Within 1 week of taking it, I began to suffer from *severe* fatigue, breast tenderness, and 5 lbs of weight gain (not even joking). I also broke out on my cheeks, but that has cleared up. I have only been taking this herb for almost 2 weeks and am concerned about the weight gain (will this continue??), as well as the fatigue. Nothing in my diet or exercise routine has changed. I am wondering if these side effects go away or is this my body not responding well to this supplement? I am really hoping Vitex will help me start my cycle again , but I’m worried I’m not tolerating it well.

    Any advice would be helpful!

    • Dear Dana,

      I am sorry this has been your experience. While I am not sure I know enough about you and your fertility health to best guide you, I can reiterate what is shared here that it is rare that Fertilica Vitex has an effect with only one week of use, but clinical research shows its effects can be experienced after 10 days of use. These are not side-effects I have heard from taking Fertilica Vitex. This being said, while there are very few reports of side effects “… Some minor and infrequent side-effects (1-2% of users may experience) have been nausea, gastrointestinal upset, skin reactions, and headache.”

      It may be worth considering a Fertility Consultation and working one on one with a fertility herbalist who can help determine the best natural fertility program for your needs. http://natural-fertility-info.com/natural-fertility-email-consultations

      I hope you feel better soon!

  14. I’ve gotten pregnant twice in the last six months (after almost a year of trying). The second one I conceived while on vitex after being on it for a month or two. Now, this month, after being on vitex for 4-5 months (I’m taking 1000 mg), I had spotting before ovulation and now I’m bleeding almost like a period since 15 DPO and I’m on 17 DPO. Is this normal? Should I cut back?

    I’m wondering now if maybe I shouldn’t have gotten on vitex as my cycles were very normal 28-29 days with day 13 ovulation. The only thing that it helped with was CM which had been too thick until I went on vitex.

    • Hello!

      Given what you have shared it may be time to wean off of Vitex to see how the body maintains balance on its own. Fertilica Vitex is not typically our go to when the menstrual cycle is regular for cervical mucus concerns, but I am glad it helped you.

      Spotting can really be tricky. There can be a variety of reasons. If stopping Vitex doesn’t prove helpful, consider learning more about Mid-Cycle Spotting.

      All my best!

  15. I think that along with raving about Vitex, you should warn about the changes it might cause. My cycle is just all messed up and my doctor said i absolutely didn’t need it in the first place.

    • Dear Kerri,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

      We do offer in this article that Vitex may not be for every woman, as well as information about the Safety & Side Effects of Vitex. Although it is known as a safe and supportive herb, there can be temporary menstrual cycle shifts as the body begins to utilize the hormone balancing benefits of Vitex. This can be concerning and I am sorry it had to be your experience. We typically see these shifts work themselves out within 1-3 cycles of use. There are also times when a woman thinks she has a “normal” menstrual cycle, but in fact it was not, and Vitex works to balance and normalize it.

      I hope this finds you well!

  16. Hi,

    I conceived twins via first clomid and IUI cycle and would like to try for baby number 3 “naturally”. The fertility doctor confirmed that I do ovulate on my own but that the follicles are not mature, which makes sense because I usually have a 25-26 day cycle with 2 days of heavy-moderate bleeding and 2 days of spotting. I’m curious to know how much Vitex I should start with and what brand(s) are best? And also would like any recommendations for Royal Jelly or other supplements that may be helpful.

    Thank you!

  17. Thanks very much Elizabeth for your reply. I want to start taking vitex now, but is it right for me to be taking vitex, maca, folic acid together? God bless…

  18. Question please…
    You said that perimenopause typically begins at the age of 40. Please when does menopause normally begins? Is it after 40 years? Please I want to know. My menstrual cycle has not been regular for some years now and for some months now I have not see my menstrual period. I have been taking pills, but still my menstrual period hasn’t come. I’m 43 years old now. Please i need your help. I’m happy my friend introduced me to this website this morning. Thanks!

    • Dear Gladys,

      Our site’s founder Hethir Rodriguez shared that “Perimenopause is the time leading up to menopause. As perimenopause progresses toward menopause, it is normal for menstrual cycles to become irregular and for hormone levels to fluctuate. The menstrual cycle may become absent for many cycles and then suddenly come back for a couple cycles, and then go away again, becoming sporadic for a some years. As ovarian reserve diminishes and egg health declines, FSH levels rise, the menstrual cycle will become more and more irregular, until eventually it stops.

      Menopause can begin anywhere between the ages of 40 and 55, and is defined as absent menstruation for a year or longer…” Hormone tests done by your healthcare provider can help you determine if you are either in perimenopause or have entered menopause.

      Our article Preparing for Conception Over 40 may be helpful as you seek ways to naturally support a health menstrual cycle.

      I hope this is helpful!

  19. Hi,

    My period cycle is regular. I am planning to consume Vitex to reduce my PMS symptoms and lengthen a short luteal phase. At the same time, I am looking forward to having a baby soon. I would like to ask, can I consume Vitex after ovulation? Would it be a possibility to miscarry if by a chance I got pregnant without knowing it? When is the best time to consume Vitex, and when does it need to be stopped?

    Tqsm :)

  20. Hello,
    I have really long cycles (anywhere from 37 days to 77 days). This year on Jan. 16th after I had my AF, I started taking Vitex (2 caps in the morning). Well it’s now March 22nd and I still have no results. My husband and I have been TTC since I started Vitex as well. I also used OPK and I was positive. So, I am not sure what is going on. I’m due for AF March 29th, but if I’ve been using Vitex for 2 months, shouldn’t I have seen some type of result?

    • Dear Crystal,

      We have learned that while Vitex may have mild effects as soon as 10 days after beginning its use, it often taken 6 months or longer to experience the full benefit of Vitex. Fertilica Vitex is most effective when ones lifestyle is healthy – eating a nutrient-rich, whole food diet, exercising at least 5 times a week, a healthy weight, working to keep stress levels low, etc.

      OPKs detect a luteinizing-hormone surge (LH) right before ovulation, and may help you determine when you are about to ovulate. This however does not mean ovulation will happen, or will happen at the same time each cycle. A longer menstrual cycle may be an indication of hormonal imbalance and/or a failure to ovulate.

      Click here for 4 steps every woman can take to promote a healthy menstrual cycle…

  21. Is Vitex available in Dubai?

  22. Hi,
    Someone said Vitex is the reason they were able to get pregnant on babycenter.com. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for about 6 months. I have been diagnosed with PCOS and have never had a regular period. My doctor put me on 1000mg/day of Metformin and told me to start taking a prenatal vitamin. Would Vitex be something that I could take in addition to the Metformin to help me regulate my period?
    Thanks,
    Stacey

    • Dear Stacey,

      It is best to consult your healthcare provider about combining Fertilica Vitex with Metformin. Consider learning how to naturally support the body in re-learning balance by promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion through diet, lifestyle, herbs, nutritional supplement and natural therapies. Learn more about the PCOS Diet here…

  23. I have higher FSH levels then LH. I have PCO and acne and started taking Vitex for acne and fertility. It has been over three months and I have not seen any positive effects. Is it possible that because of my FSH:LH ratio, Vitex might not be the best option for me?

    Thank you.
    -Shelly

  24. Hello! I haven’t seen my period for a while and I was told that the Vitex is able to regulate my cycle. I can only get the Vitex capsules in 400mg doses. Should it take this three or two times per day? Which is recommended? Could I also use Maca powder along with it?

    • Dear Neka,

      It is always best to follow the suggested use of the product you have purchased. General suggested use of Fertilica Vitex is 900-1000mg per day each day of the menstrual cycle. It could be considered to take two and a half 400mg capsules if wishing to follow this suggested use guideline. One could simply open a capsule and dump 1/2 out, saving it to use the next day.

      The guide, How To Get Your Period Back, may also offer helpful tips.

      Take care!

  25. Hi. We have been ttc since April 2014. I have been having anovulatory cycles according to my DR. I started taking Vitex 17 days ago and last night I noticed my right breast is quite a bit larger than my left and quite tender (my left breast is tender but not as much). Is this a normal side effect of Vitex? Do you recommend I keep using it or discontinue use?

    • Dear Hayley,

      Some women to experience side effects of hormonal balance when they begin using Vitex. Although rare, there is potential for them as the body responds to the actions of the herb. This is just the body balancing itself out and can be normal. We see shifts work themselves out and side effects subside typically within three cycles of use of Fertilica Vitex.

      I hope this helps!

  26. Please how can I get the Vitex? I am living in Lome-Togo west Africa.

  27. I am 31 years old, and my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant since June 2014, with diligent tracking of my cycle (tracking ovulation days (using OPKs), cervical mucus, and BBT.) since August 2014. I have a cycle between 29-31 days, and ovulate between day 18-23. I get positive ovulation results, but I think I have a luteal phase deficiency.

    I want to try Vitex to try and see if it helps. I’m currently taking B-6 and a prenatal vitamin. My questions are: is there a particular point in my cycle that I should start taking Vitex, or is anytime okay? is there anything else I can do/ take to help lengthen my luteal phase?
    -Shannon

  28. I bought Fertilica Vitex and started taking it earlier this week. After a few days, I started spotting on CD 13 and now it’s bright red and getting heavier similar to my period on CD 14. The only thing I’ve done differently this cycle is take Vitex, so I’m wondering it that is causing mid-cycle bleeding? I’ve been taking the recommended dosage. I’m due to ovulate in the next few days, so wondering if this is going to affect my ovulation?

    • Dear Hollie,

      Some women who begin taking herbs that have an impact in hormonal balance, like Fertilica Vitex, experience temporary cycle shifts. While these shifts may be concerning, not to worry. We consider this a sign that the body is responding to the actions of the herb. These cycle shifts are often temporary and work themselves out within 1-3 cycles of use. It may or may not affect ovulation.

  29. Hi I’ve been taking Vitex for nearly 4 months now and am now 10 weeks pregnant, and everything seems positive so far. You say on here to stop taking it at 12 weeks. How do you recommend coming off them? Gradually or just stop? You posted a link in an earlier post to a page about how to come off herbs but the page didn’t exist. I am a bit anxious about coming off the vitex as I have had 3 previous miscarriages and I think the vitex has helped me in this pregnancy.

    Thanks

    • Dear Jenny,

      Congratulations! This is wonderful news! I hope that you are feeling well!

      I am sorry the link you found didn’t work. I will investigate and fix that!

      Vitex is best weaned off of in early pregnancy. The general rule of thumb if using Fertilica Vitex as part of a natural miscarriage prevention program is to continue Vitex until at least 2 weeks past the latest weeks’ gestation of previous miscarriage (if the previous miscarriage occurred at 5 weeks, continue the formula until at least 7 weeks). Learn The Safe Way to Discontinue Herbs in Pregnancy here…

      It is important and would be best to contact an herbalist, naturopathic doctor or midwife trained in herbal medicine and ask them for guidance.

      We also have a wealth of Pregnancy Health information to share if interested.

      All my best!

  30. Hi Elizabeth,
    I noticed in the posting below by Gulen regarding Hashimoto’s, thyroid replacement medication and vitex, you stated that vitex should not be taken with thyroid meds. In the link you provided, however, in the herb section, vitex is one of the herbs suggested. I have been taking vitex every day for about 3 months in combination with my thyroid medication (levothyroxine). I take them at least 4 hours apart. My TSH levels are within normal range. Should I discontinue the vitex? I was also considering starting maca and evening primrose during my next cycle along with the vitex. Are those safe to use?

    Thanks so much! Love your site!

    • Dear cslorraine,

      We can not suggest combining herbs with thyroid medications unless being guided in doing so by your healthcare provider. This is in part because there may be potential for an herb to affect thyroid function. If this were to happen, there then may be need for the dose of thyroid medication to be adjusted, which is only something a qualified healthcare provider can assist with.

      Does that make sense? It would be best to discuss with your healthcare provider all that you are taking and wishing to take to support thyroid health so he can monitor you.

  31. Can I use Maca, Vitex and Royal Jelly together? Also is it ok to use these herbs if you have fibroids. I am also wondering if Systemic Enzymes can work for multiple calcified fibroids. Thank you.

    • Dear Hannefat,

      Fertilica Maca, Vitex and Royal Jelly can be taken together and can all be taken with Systemic Enzyme Therapy. Each has a variety of fertility health benefits, some of which include naturally supporting hormone balance, libido, the body’s nutrient levels and natural inflammation response and endocrine system health.

      Consider learning more about each, in addition to natural ways to support a healthy uterine environment as you design a natural fertility program for your specific needs.

  32. Hello, thank you for the useful information. I am wondering if Vitex is safe to take if you have Hashimato’s and taking synthyroid for hypothryoidism.

  33. Hi there! I have elevated prolactin of 869 and have been so far unable to conceive my second child. Would Vitex work well to lower prolactin? Thank you for your reply in advance, regards

  34. Hi! Can you please tell where I can get this product and the best brand? Thanks!

    • Dear Tee,

      Fertilica Vitex can be ordered from the Natural Fertility Shop. We feel the Fertilica brand is the best! Fertilica products are of superior quality, produced in small batches to ensure this quality, of highest potency and all natural and many are organic. The Fertilica line works with the body to provide a wide range of benefits, with a key focus on holistic wellness, to help improve the body’s nutrition levels, hormone balance, and reproductive organ function.

  35. I just started taking Vitex, after reading the info above I noticed the bottle I have says they are only 40mg and it says to take 1 a day. I’m guessing I need to buy a bottle with higher mg in the capsules?
    Also, I am not pregnant but would like to start trying. I have been taking prenatal vitamins for a while now. Is Vitex okay to take with prenatal vitamins?

    • Dear Alannah,

      While it is best to follow the usage guidelines of the manufacturer of any product, general suggested use of Fertilica Vitex is 900-1000mg per day… 40mg may not be near enough for Vitex to be as effective for you as it can be. This being said, I can not know for sure given I don’t know the product you purchased and have been taking. Fertilica Vitex can be taken with a prenatal multivitamin.

      Take care!

  36. Hi!
    I recently have been experiencing VERY tender breasts along with milk secretions (I stopped breastfeeding a year ago) and have been having hot flashes the last few months. I finally went to the doctor and she tested my FSH levels and they came back super low (.3). I am going to go back in to have my prolatin levels checked. I am wondering if VItex would help my FSH levels normalize? Also, I am taking birth control and wonder if that has any affect? Ive been having normal periods, but that could be because of the birth control….Thank you!

    • Dear Kate,

      While Fertilica Vitex works to support female hormone balance overall, it is typically used to decrease high FSH and prolactin levels. Are you underweight, or experiencing high levels of stress? It may be worth asking your healthcare provider if the birth control you are taking might be causing these symptoms and this hormone imbalance for you.

      I am not certain Vitex is the right her at this time and we also do not suggest combining herbs that have an action on the hormones with medications that do the same.

      All my best!

  37. If I take vitex to treat menstrual symptoms, will it increase my chance for unplanned pregnancy? (I tried the birth control pill, but it started causing migraines.)

    • Dear Charlotte,

      Fertilica Vitex works to support female hormone balance and in doing so also supports fertility health. If the reproductive system is healthy, there is a chance for conception (pregnancy) when unprotected intercourse is had at the time of ovulation, during your fertile window, no matter the herb, nutritional supplement being taken, or natural therapy being used.

      Does this make sense?

  38. I’ve been on vitex since the beginning of December and since then I have had the most HEALTHY, textbook period I have EVER had! Took about 1 month to kick in, caused the cycle at the time to lengthen for a bit. But when I started my next cycle, it was perfect, and I believe I may be pregnant now! Will be taking vitex throughout the entire pregnancy!

  39. My fertility specialist is putting me on Zolandex for the next 6 months to stop ovulation because of my mild endometriosis and PCOS. I have low progesterone when I fall pregnant and I have had 5 pregnancies and all ending in miscarriages before 2nd trimester. My question is, should I try Vitex while on Zolandex for 6 months or would this be a waste of time?

    • Dear Candice,

      Do you mean Zoladex? It is my understanding that Zoladex is a hormonal medication and for that reason we do not suggest taking an herb such as Vitex that has also been found to effect hormonal balance. Herbs that act on the hormonal system could affect how your medications are working.

      If you are currently already on fertility medications, you should not combine herbs with your medications. It is best to only use herbs in preparation beforehand and not mix the two.

      All my best!

  40. I started taking fertilaid (which has vitex) for almost a month and it had controlled my hormone and made me ovulate after months of not having a menstrual period. If ever i get pregnant, I plan on taking it till my first trimester to support progesterone levels and prevent miscarriage. I just want to ask how much vitex should I take when pregnant? Is it the same as TTC dose which is 900-1000 mg a day? Thanks.

    • Dear Katrina,

      Thank you for sharing what has worked for you!

      If you are deciding to use vitex during pregnancy, we suggest you consult with an herbalist, or midwife near you for guidance and supervision based on your specific need.

      All our best!

  41. Hi! Is it safe for an elderly woman over 75 to take Vitex?

    • Dear Michelle,

      The hormonal needs of women post menopause are different than the women we work with, those in their reproductive years. The female hormone balancing effects of Vitex will not bring back menstruation and may not have the desired effect for those who have gone through menopause. It would be best to find a natural healthcare provider or herbalist near you to work with.

  42. Thank you!
    I did take a look at the article (and many others) – there seems to be a “usual suspects” of dietary deficiencies when it comes to hormone imbalances and fertility issues. I’m covering all the bases!