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 luteinizing hormone (LH), which in turn increases progesterone.

Lengthens a short luteal phase: Studies have shown Vitex to be effective 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.

Most hormone related issues that disappear once pregnancy begins and then return after breastfeeding ends can be supported by the use of Vitex.

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 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 an 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 may 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 contraceptives (birth control), due to limited research, Vitex should not be used in conjunction with prescription medications that contain hormones 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 has 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 the placenta takes over progesterone production, so Vitex most likely won’t be needed.

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. I find that it works best when used all month long and taken as one dose in the morning on an empty stomach.

References:
– Hobbs, Christopher, L.Ac. (2003). Vitex, The Women’s Herb. Summertown, Tennessee: Healthy Living Publications.
– Romm, Aviva. (2010). Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. St. Louis Missouri: Churchill Livingstone.
– Mills, Simon; Bone, Kerry. (2005). The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety. pp. 333-36. St. Louis, Missouri: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier
– Gardner, Z., & McGuffin, M. (Eds.). (2013). American Herbal Products Association’s botanical safety handbook (2nd ed., pp. 930-931). Vitex agnus-castus L. Boca Raton, Florida: American Herbal Products Association, CRC Press.

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  1. I have been taking a supplement called Ovasitol for about 6 months now (after being diagnosed with PCOS in May 2015). I can’t say that i’ve noticed much change using this, and haven’t received any positive OPKs. Is Vitex something i could/should take in conjunction with Ovasitol or should i try Vitex alone? Thank you!

    • Dear Cassie,

      While this may be a better question to ask of the makers of Ovasitol, from what I know of the supplement, it can be taken with Vitex. In fact, Studies Show Benefits of Myo-Inositol & D-Chiro-Inositol for Women with PCOS.

      With PCOS, it is also important to support your 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. This is best done by not only taking herbs and nutritional supplements, but making dietary and lifestyle changes as well.

      We know that dietary changes are foundational and have seen many women with PCOS very successfully support themselves by simply eating a whole food PCOS Fertility Diet.

    • Thank you for the fast response, i have been reading up on the Fertility Diet link, and am happy to say i have started making some of those changes already – and will continue to do more. Is Vitex something that can be taken with Tribulus, or is it more one or the other?

    • Hi Cassie,

      Great, so glad to hear that you are making some changes!

      Vitex can be taken with Tribulus. If you don’t want to take two supplements at the same time, we do combine those herbs in our Harmonize Phase 1 program. It also contains some other supportive herbs that focus on additional aspects of living with PCOS.

  2. Hola yo tuve una operación de un tumor pituitaria hace 2 años, ahora estoy tomando cortef y el spray desmopressin, y cabergoline hace 4 meses deje de tomarla pero ahora mis periodos otra vez son irregulares. Puedo tomar vitex con cortef y el spray?

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    Translation: Hello I had an operation of a pituitary tumor two years ago, now I’m taking cortef and desmopressin spray, and cabergoline four months ago but now stop taking my periods they are irregular again. I can take vitex with cortef and spray?

    • Dear Claudia,

      I am sorry I do not speak Spanish fluently. We are not able to suggest taking Fertilica Vitex with prescription medications without a doctor’s approval. Do speak with your doctor about taking Vitex with your medications if you are interested in doing so.

  3. My periods were always very regular at 30-31 days and I would ovulate late around day 18. I had a successful pregnancy and after a year we started trying for for baby #2. Unfortunately it ended in miscarriage and I had a D&C back in October. My first 2 cycles (Oct & Nov), I had periods but no ovulation. I started taking Vitex in Dec and Jan and both of those cycles I ovulated on day 14/15 and my cycle length was 27 days. I’m wondering if I should continue to take the Vitex? Or should I stop now that I’ve jump started my cycle to start ovulating again? If I were to stop taking it, do you think I would not ovulate on my own anymore?

    • Dear Annie,

      I am so sorry to hear of your loss! The effects of Vitex for you are so great to hear!

      In general, we suggest using Fertilica Vitex at least 3 months, as many as 6-12 months for some, to experience its full benefits. It may be best to use it at least one more cycle before weaning off to see if the body can maintain balance on its own. A good way to wean off of an herb with hormone-balancing effects is to take less and less each day over one week. When taking herbs in a capsule form, open the capsule, dump a little out, close it back up and take it. Do this each day until you are no longer taking it.

      Our guide to the 5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages may be helpful as you begin preparing for conception again.

      All my best!

  4. Hello!
    I always had super regular cycles growing up (roughly 30 days, bled for 3-4), even when I was on the Paraguard IUD. After I got married and had the IUD removed in January 2015, I stopped getting periods regularly. I only had 3 natural cycles last year (April, November and December), and 3 others that were brought on by doctor-prescribed Progesterone and Clomid. The doctor has not confirmed if I have PCOS or not, and my hormone levels always come back normal, however, it is clear that I am not ovulating. I did not have a cycle this past month, and my BBT charts indicate I did not ovulate again.
    I randomly came across Vitex and bought some in hopes that it will help jump-start my O!

  5. After having my iud removed to try to conceive again, my cycles were all over the place with some cycles lasting longer than 50 days! after 10 days on Vitex, my period came back!

  6. 60-90 drops? What is that in ml?

    • Dear Kitten,

      This can be hard to concert depending on the dropper size, but in general approximate conversions are…
      60 drops = 3ml
      90 drops = 4.5ml

      It may be best to take the time to count out the drop dose you are taking in a small measuring vessel, if you have one that measures in ml, to learn an exact conversion.

  7. Hi there, I have taken birth control to regulate my hormone imbalance for 20 years. I also have taken spironolactone for 10. I am interested in transitioning to vitex as an herbal solution and I wonder about your recommendation for how to do this. I am foremost interested in replacing spironolactone. Can I take the birth control and vitex at the same time? I am not willing to stop birth control at this point as I am very scared of the symptoms that may emerge – they’ve caused enough trauma in my life that I cannot revisit that potential (awful skin, facial hair, complete mood instability).

    • Dear Sara,

      Given what you have shared (the trauma) I think the very best way to approach a transition would be to do so with help and support, like through a Fertility Consultation – to be guided in transitioning to a natural fertility program that is personalized for your specific needs.

      As you contemplate this, our guide to How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control may be worth reviewing as well for additional tips.

      Another reason it may be most helpful to work one on one with a fertility herbalist is because Fertilica Vitex, and other herbs with hormone-balancing actions, are best not combined with hormonal medications. Herbs that act on the hormonal system could affect how your medications are working.

      I hope you will consider! All my best!

  8. Can I mix Tribulus Terrestris with this herb?

    Thank you,
    Sarah

  9. I just bought the liquid form of vitex in hopes it will help with fertility. My husband and I are TTC our first. I’m 33. Never been pregnant. I’ve always had regular periods but they have always been painful unless I was on the pill. I bought vitex in hopes it would keep me from spotting. It seems I am spotting almost each time about 5-10 days before menstration. I also see it could also help my pre menstral symptoms of moodiness, sore breasts. I also get period cramps, back pain, inflammation, acne and fatigue. We’ve only been actively TTC for Two months. Have you seen that Vitex helps women conceive? Is it safe to use with prenatal vitamins? Also safe while using pre-seed?

  10. I am 30 years old and I already have a son, but me and my husband want more kids. I have pcos and I took this for 2 months and now no period in January as of yet. Should I keep taking this every day and while I’m on my period. Also I take Metformin 850. Is it safe to take together? I have type 2 diabetes.

  11. hello i am 32 years old, and my problem was i have an abnormal menstruation, its been a year since i had.. im from philippines. where i could buy vitex?

  12. I have been taking vitex, maca, and DIM for about a month now. It is day 16 of my cycle and today I noticed brown spotting, which increased throughout the day turning to a dark red by this evening. I have had to use a tampon to absorb the amount of spotting that is happening. I am 41, no kids, trying for 6 years, hydrosalpinx (surgery in 4 months to deal with this). I’m assuming the vitex is causing the mid-cycle bleeding – should I stop taking it? How do I know if vitex is not for me?

    • Dear Carol,

      Some women to experience shifts in the menstrual cycle when they first begin using Vitex. We see this as a sign, a good sign, that the body is responding to the actions of the herb. Vitex can be continued. If dealing with depression, taking oral contraceptives or nearing menopause, then Vitex may not be the right herb. Otherwise, given Vitex can take some time to show its full benefits, the only other way to know if it is not the right herb is to simply give it a try to see what changes it has for you.

      The other bit of information that may be helpful as you continue to try to conceive and prepare for your procedure, are the tips offered in our guide to naturally supporting normal fallopian tube health.

      I hope this is helpful!

  13. Hi! If Vitex exerts progesterone-like activity, wouldn’t it be a bad idea to take it before ovulating if you’re trying to conceive? Wouldn’t it prevent ovulation?

    • Dear Amanda,

      Fertilica Vitex is not known to prevent ovulation, or increase progesterone levels if this is not needed by the body. The effects of Vitex are on the pituitary gland, the “master gland” that tells the ovaries how much of what hormones to make. Vitex does this without containing hormones itself. Rather than effecting one specific hormone or another, it works to support hormone balance where needed.

  14. olá preciso de resposta tenho 39 anos tenho cisto no ovário e mioma desde os meus 14 anos os médicos disseram que o cisto e o mioma iriam sumi quando eu tivesse mais idade não passaram nenhum tipo de tratamento , a quatro dias atras venho sentindo forte dores no útero e me indicaram um medicamento chamado vítex preciso saber se esse tipo de medicamento serve pra esse tipo de problema .


    Hello! I need answers. I’m 39 years old and I have ovarian cyst and fibroid since I was 14 years old. Doctors said the cyst and fibroid would sumi when I had older did not pass any treatment, four days ago I have felt strong pains uterus and showed me a drug called Vitex need to know if this type of drug is used for this kind of problem .

    • Dear Ilidia,

      My apologies I do not speak Spanish fluently, so I used a translating tool and will reply in English.

      While Fertilica Vitex may be part of a natural ovarian and uterine health program, we feel it equally as important to support the body in maintaining a healthy ovarian environment and environment within the uterus by promoting hormonal balance and supporting the body’s natural ability to reduce occurrences of occasional growths.

      We have two guides to help you learn natural ways to do this. They are…
      How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally and Safely with Herbs and Supplements… and
      The Best Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids…

      There is discussion in each guide about herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies for each issue and that may support both.

      I hope this is helpful!

  15. Can Vitex be used in conjunction with a non-contraceptive natural estrogen/progesterone patch (prescribed due to premature ovarian insufficiency)? Thank you!

    • Dear Elizabeth,

      If you are currently already on hormonal fertility medications, we suggest against combining herbs with that medication. Herbs that act on the hormonal system could affect how the medication is working. It is best not mix the two.

  16. I’ve been tracking my BBT for 1.5 months and my temps are on the low side. I haven’t been diagnosed with a hormone imbalance but i am going to get tested in a few weeks. Should I start taking Vitex now or should i wait to see what my doctor says? I don’t want to alter a pure result by taking it before a hormone test.

    • Dear JacklynB,

      While taking Vitex now or beginning later is up to you, it may be best to wait to begin taking Vitex until testing has been done. While Vitex often takes time to offer signs that it is working, it begins working to balance hormones right away upon taking it.

      Consider talking to your doctor about thyroid health as well. Fertility Awareness Method Teacher and NFI.com guest author shares that, “Studies have shown that BBT is an accurate indicator of thyroid health. Certain patterns of very high or very low temperatures are almost always linked to hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, respectively. There are many medical professionals who feel that BBT can be a better indicator of thyroid health than a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) blood test.”

      I hope this is helpful and that you get answers through testing!

  17. Dear Elisabeth or NFI team*
    I have a question about using Red Clover (capsules with dry extract of stem and leaves – Italian product) together with Vitex ? I am in my early 40-es, and having most of my life a slight hormonal imbalance which resulted in infertility and PMS, and in resent years strong fatigue, lack of sleep and occasional irregular cycles. I was always avoiding any artifical hormonal therapy and I improved my health through nutrition, diverse natural suplplements and also maca for fatigue issue. My holistic dr/homeopath suggested Red Clover which I started to use 2 weeks ago, but because of my estrogen dominance and lack of progesteron, can I parallely take Vitex ? Thank you

    • Dear Nat,

      Red Clover can be taken with Vitex in most cases. It would however be best to ask your holistic doctor/homeopath his/her thoughts about combining these herbs for your needs given he/she knows your needs best.

  18. Can vitex be started at any point of the menstrual cycle? Also, I’ve read that one should take a break from the supplement, for instance during menstruation. What are your thoughts?
    Thank you!

    • Dear Fallon,

      Fertilica Vitex can be started at any time in the menstrual cycle and general suggested us is to take it each day of the menstrual cycle without taking a break. Based on our site’s founder’s research and her use of Vitex with clients, we feel Vitex proves most beneficial when taken all cycle long.

  19. Hello from Europe! I am sorry, my english is not good. I am interested in vitex, but i am confused about dosage. What do you think about small doses that we can find on internet, 20-30-40 mg?

    • Dear Vesna,

      There are different forms of Vitex in the market and used in studies/clinical trials – capsules, raw herb (berries), liquid extracts and concentrated liquid extracts. Each will have differing suggested use and likewise doses. Each manufacturer may also have differing suggested uses.

      We have learned through our research and use of Fertilica Vitex with our female clients that the general suggested use of 900-1000mg per day each day of the menstrual cycle proves to provide the best benefit(s) in terms of supporting fertility health when taken for at least 3 months, but often 6 months to a year.

  20. I have a question about vitex. I am looking for something to help me with hormonal issues. It sounds like vitex might be the right thing, but if I am not looking to get pregnant is vitex right for me?

    • Dear Darla,

      Fertilica Vitex can be taken by women who are not wishing to conceive. It is known to support the body in achieving hormone balance. With hormonal balance and regular ovulation, there could be potential to conceive if still fertile. So, extra precaution may still be needed when having intercourse during the fertile window.

  21. Hello! I will start taking the Vitex very soon. I am wondering if vitex can be taken at the same time with the one-a-day prenatal vitamins?

  22. So, this is saying to take 900-1,000 mg first thing in the morning? My bottle says to take 1 capsule (400 mg) 2 or 3x/day. I have PCOS and have not had my period since February. I have been taking it semi-consistently for about 6 weeks – 1 pill, 2x/day. I finally got my period this week! YEAH! So, we are trying to conceive. Do you think it’s best to just take all of it at once in the morning? And if so, continue that same regimen once I conceive?

    • Dear Jana,

      This suggested use is based on the experiences of our site’s founders with clients and her research. This being said, it is my professional opinion that because you have seen results, it may be best to stick with how you are using Vitex. When conception occurs, Vitex is to be weaned off of either slowly over a week’s time, or as instructed by your herbalist, midwife or healthcare provider.

      As you continue to support the body, consider learning more about supporting it 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. You can learn more and how to do the above in the following article: How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs.

      Congrats on getting your period!

  23. I am currently using Paragard the IUD as my method of birth control and although it claims that is “non-hormonal” it causes heavy periods and cystic acne all around my jaw line and back. Ever since I had it inserted since August 2015, I’ve had cystic acne that is constantly increasing every time time my cycle starts. Can my acne be cause by high level of hormones ? Do you think Vitex can help me in clearing up the acne? Can Vitex affect the IUD?

    Thanks in advance for your help!!

    • Hello Sara!

      I have heard that high levels of copper in the body can prevent the liver from detoxifying properly and a resultant symptom of this can be acne. The copper IUD releases copper over the lining of the uterus continuously and theoretically too much copper for some women. It would be best to talk to your healthcare provider about what you are experiencing and consider asking for copper levels to be tested.

      Vitex may not be as effective as you want if the IUD remains in place and is the cause of the acne.

      I hope you find answers!

  24. Can I take it while i’m on my period?

  25. I am currently taking Maca whilst ttc. Would I be able to take Vitex alongside the Maca? Which of the two has the biggest impact on hormones?

    Thanks in advance for your help

    • Dear Amy,

      Fertilica Vitex can be taken with Maca. They are complementary to one another. Both are known to support hormonal balance, Vitex being the herb that does so more, but Maca often faster acting.

      Happy to help!

  26. I took vitex for less then 30 days and I became pregnant. I was diagnosed with pcos when I was 13 and have tried fertility meds but nothing helped me get pregnant. Now at 37 I am 4 months pregnant. I couldn’t be happier!

  27. It absolutely helps with acne! (especially hormonal acne) Using this in conjunction with Omega-3 capsules literally will clear that hormonal acne right up!

  28. I am 26 years old. I have had 3 miscarriages all 6-7 weeks into the pregnancy. And each my progesterone was low. I plan on taking vitex while we are trying. Can I continue to take this throughout 1st trimester? The last two pregnancies they put me on a progesterone pill with no luck.

    • Dear Amber,

      I am very sorry for your losses!

      Fertilica Vitex is best discontinued slowly in early pregnancy (the first trimester). First, if choosing to take herbs in pregnancy it is important to work with an herbal practitioner, someone who can monitor your herbal program.

      The general approach by herbalists for miscarriage prevention support is to continue the herbal miscarriage prevention protocol, in this case Vitex, until at least 2 weeks past the last weeks’ gestation of the previous miscarriage. For example: if the previous miscarriage occurred at 8 weeks, continue the formula until at least 10 weeks.

      It will still be important to have progesterone levels monitored in pregnancy and follow your healthcare providers advise about supporting progesterone levels if need be.

      We also have a guide to Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages that may be helpful as you prepare for future pregnancy.

      All my best!

  29. Hi we are looking to start taking Vitex and was wondering what is the best or most highly recommended one. Thompsons, Fusion, Blackmores?

    Please help

    Vics,

    Ps great website, very helpful

  30. Hi,
    I am 33 yrs old and have just started trying to conceive. I was wondering if there is a detox period with vitex where the body is adjusting to it and cannot conceive (or it is dangerous/not recommended to conceive during the time)…I was hoping to get pregnant really soon..hence the question! Thanks :)

    • Dear Aditi,

      Vitex can be taken while actively trying to conceive and if conception occurs, it is best weaned off of in early pregnancy. Fertilica Vitex does not have detoxification effects and is not dangerous.

      Super sticky baby dust! 😉

  31. Hello. After taking Vitex my husband and I were finally able to get pregnant (4 yrs of trying). It worked for us. If when you start taking it, the top side effect is headaches, better to take at night to beat the headache. It helps me sleep as well.

    I started using Vitex in March 2014. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby. I take 400mg before bed (it helps me sleep and doesn’t give me headaches). My cycle was so out of whack but after 2 months my cycle became somewhat normal (for me at least) and I was able to chart when I ovulate. 4 years of trying and failing, 1 year after taking Vitex we got pregnant! Our son came 4 months early due to other reasons. I am now taking it to try again and we will know in a week if we are pregnant. Fingers crossed! I strongly recommend this to anyone with any hormone issues. Worked for me. 5 star rating!!

  32. I stopped the pill in July 2015, when we got married (Prior to ever being in the pill I had regular periods, almost to the day). Since I stopped the pill, my periods have been anywhere from 23 days – 41 days last cycle (ovulating around day 33, with a short 8 day luteal phase). I just ordered some vitex and am planning to start taking it this Friday or Saturday (day 6 or 7) and am hoping it will make my periods more regular and my luteal phase longer.
    Thank you very much for the very well laid out website, with concise information. :)

  33. We recently purchased Vitex tablets 500mg from iHerb for hormone regulation. However there is a warning on the bottle that says Do not use if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. Pregnancy is the ultimate goal. Can you elaborate further on the potential risks for our informed consideration?

    • Dear Sharon,

      Thank you for asking! Legally nutritional supplement and herbal companies cannot say it is safe to use certain products into pregnancy. There simply are certain laws and regulations nutritional, supplement and herb companies must comply to. Information and some research has shown that it is indeed safe to use some supplements/herbs into pregnancy when used appropriately and under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner (in the case of herbs this person should be a skilled herbalist or midwife trained in herbal medicine).

      Fertilica Vitex can be taken in preparation for conception and while trying to conceive. German research shares that Vitex can be taken safely through the end of the third month of pregnancy and may help prevent miscarriage. As shared in this article, Vitex is still considered safe to take after the third month, but may stimulate lactation too early, so for this reason it is suggested to not continue after the third month of pregnancy. Also at month three of pregnancy is the time the placenta takes over progesterone production on its own so Vitex most likely won’t be needed anyways.

      If deciding to use Vitex into pregnancy, we have to suggest you consult with an herbalist or midwife for guidance and supervision.

      I hope this is helpful!

  34. I have PCOS. Ive tried everything to have a baby and lost faith in medicine. Doctors appointments are stressful and expensive. My sister told me about Chasteberry (Vitex). I have been taking it for 2 weeks and I just got my period after not having one for a few years. Call me crazy but I am excited about my period. I have faith that this will help me get pregnant. Please send me all your baby dust and share any successful stories with vitex. :) :)

  35. Hi!
    We have been trying to conceive for almost 2 years now. I have endometriosis which seems to be the “only” thing preventing a pregnancy. We will start IVF in January 2016. So, we have 2 cycles left now trying on our own.

    I’m on natural progesterone, Maca, prenantal vitamins, extra b- vitamins. I am eating right (no sugars, carbs, meet, gluten) and am doing Yoga and Pilates every or every other day.

    I have regular cycles, 28 days with ovulation CD 13 or 14.
    Can Vitex help us in this short period of time? Can I continue with Vitex while doing IVF?

    Thank you for a great webpage!

    • Dear Linda,

      I have to be honest, I am not sure more is necessarily better. As shared in this article, “Clinical research shows that Vitex may start working within 10 days (for PMS), full benefits may not be experienced until 6 months or longer.” Focusing on the additional suggestions for How to Increase IVF Success Rates Naturally may be more helpful.

      All my best to you!

  36. My gyno recently switched me to a progestin-only birth control. She said I was at too high of a risk to use my combo birth control, that was working fine, because of high blood pressure. I have been on the new pill for just over a month and have had 3 periods since then. I called her and she doesn’t seem to care to much. She gave me other options like an IUD, Depo shots, and having my tubes tied. I’m 26 and have only been married for a year and a half. We want kids. I am also over weight (325lbs) and a type-2 diabetic. I am working on loosing weight and my diabetes is controlled. Is there a natural option I could take with the birth control for heavy flow and PMS symptoms? HELP!!

  37. Hi, I have recently gone off the pill after 10 years as my husband and I want to try for a baby. I am currently on CD69 and no sign of ovulation or period. I know these things can take time but is taking Vitex something that may help bring on ovulation? is there any other recommendations for this type of Missing period?

  38. Thank you so much for this article! I’m 33 years old and have been ttc for a year with no luck. My period comes every month, but my cycle varies from 27 to 35 days. I haven’t been to a fertility doctor, therefore I don’t know if I have any fertility issues. Would I be a good candidate for Vitex, or is it more for those who have known fertility issues or low hormones? Thanks again.

    • Dear Jill,

      What’s beautiful about Fertilica Vitex is that it meets a woman where’s she at hormonally. It supports hormonal balance where it is needed without containing hormones itself. One does not need to have been diagnosed with a fertility health issue to use Vitex (but if you speculate that something is of concern, do reach out to your healthcare provider). Thru supporting hormone balance you are also supporting a healthy, regular menstrual cycle. Consider the other tips in our natural guide to improving your period as well.