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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.

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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.

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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 take a pill every morning T4 to regulate my hypothyroidism for 5 days a week.Can i take vitex too?

    • Dear Martha,

      We can not suggest taking anything with your thyroid medication. It will be best to talk to your doctor about also taking Vitex and should you choose to do so, take it apart from the thyroid medication.

  2. My 14 year old daughter has been struggling with frequent and long periods. Her cycles are about 21 days with bleeding lasting for about 14 days. The bleeding ranges from heavy to light during this time. She is going to start taking her basel body temp to see where she is in terms of ovulation. Would Vitex be appropriate for her to help her cycles?

    • Dear Kas,

      A longer period may be an indication of hormonal imbalance and/or a failure to ovulate. Progesterone secreted by the body after ovulation normally helps to stop excess bleeding because of its effect on preserving the uterine lining. If estrogen is high or progesterone low, bleeding may continue longer than usual.

      That said, a young girl’s period can be longer and perhaps more frequent as the body’s hormones shift and change. It can take some girls a bit of time to settle on a patter.

      We feel it’s best to work with a practitioner one on one with teen girls and share more about why in our guide Herbs for Teen Reproductive Health: Steps for Healthy Choices. Ensuring her diet is healthy and she’s exercising regularly as she can is a great starting point. Many teens have insufficient diets and could also benefit form a whole food multivitamin and omega-3 supplement as well.

      I hope you are able to find a naturopath or herbalist near you to work with.

    • Elizabeth – has she been tested for a bleeding disorder such as von Willebrand’s disease? It’s much more common than people know about. I have it and it is hereditary but many people don’t know they had it in the first place to pass down. I hve vWD type 1 (the most mild form) and had exactly the type of periods you described starting at 9 y/o. I was tested at 11 and found that I had vWD. Due to restrictions by my parents, I was not allowed on the birth control pill until 17 y/o but it was life changing for my periods. Best of luck!

    • Thank you for sharing Ashley!

  3. HI, Can I take this WITH Wobenzym N? I have some scar tissue so I just ordered Wobenzym but this seems like it may be a good addition. Hoping we conceive!!

  4. Hey There,
    I’m a 29 year old female who started taking Vitex 13 months ago mainly for period regularity and cystic acne issues (I got off the pill after being on it for 11 years). Both have become much better. I’m taking it in conjunction with Estroblock. I’m just wondering if there are any long term side effects I should be wary of? Can I continue taking Vitex for another few years, or has it done the work on my pituitary gland and should I stop? Will the regularity continue if I stop it or is this something I should continue taking until I begin conceiving (probably not another 3-4 years)?
    Loved the article!
    Many thanks 🙂

    • Hi Susie!

      Great questions!

      It is in general around 1 year of consistent use of an herb like Vitex that we suggest weaning off to see how the body is able to maintain hormonal balance on its own. This past year you have been nourishing the system of the body responsible for maintaining hormonal balance with the goal to help it remember how to do so on its own as it is intended to. It’d be okay to take a 3-6 month break or so to allow time to see what the body can do on its own and restart if you felt the need.

      So glad you have seen such positive changes!

  5. Hello!
    Do you know if it is safe to use Vitex if I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and I am treated with levothyroxine?
    Thank you!

    • Dear Petra,

      Vitex is not contraindicated with Levothyroxine, but that said it would be best to discuss with your doctor combining Vitex with your medication. We are not able to suggest herbs with medications unless your doctor approves and will monitor you.

  6. Hello, I got the green light from my GYN to take Vitex berry. Now I do have a regular normal cycle and ovulate on my own but have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility. I have been TTC for 3 years with no positive pregnancy tests. I was reading on some websites that for regular cycles, you should skip the first 5 days of your cycle and proceed taking vitex one capsule a day, on another site I see you have to take it straight. As someone who has regular cycles, should I start vitex on cycle day 5 and continue then skip the first 5 days of my period? Thanks in advance for your help

    • Hello Amber!

      Vitex is not necessarily our immediate go-to for women with regular cycles that ovulate monthly. May I know if your partner/husband has been tested for fertility or had sperm-health testing?

      With that, we support using Vitex all cycle long (no break) should you choose to try it. We have seem the most benefit from its use this way with our clients.

      I think our guide What About Unexplained Infertility? is also worth a read through to see if perhaps there are other areas of diet and lifestyle that may need support.

    • Thank you for your reply Elizabeth .. My husband has also been tested and had a few sperm analysis which came back normal .. I am taking vitex berry because I also have slightly elevated prolactin and my progesterone is borderline low (certainly not high enough to get pregnant I guess)

    • Dear Amber,

      That is very helpful to know! Our research and use of Fertilica Vitex with clients has proven that it is best used all cycle long without taking a break for a minimum of three month consistently.

      I hope you see results quickly!

  7. I have heard that you should stop taking Vitex once you ovulate as it can increase the risk of miscarriage – is this true? I have 45 day cycles and am hoping that Vitex will reduce the length of these and increase my chances of conceiving.

  8. Hi,i am 30 years old lady ttc for 4 years. Done all tests and had low ovulation earlier hence with normal reports said unexplained infertility. I have been taking pregnacare conception for both hubby and myself. Now for a year after i am thinking of switching to pregnancy prep which has vitex and maca in it. Do i need to take a gap when trying this other multivitamin or i can start right after?

    • Dear Amy,

      Pregnancy Prep can be started right after stopping Pregnacare. Pregncare is a nutritional supplement that can be taken with herbs, such as those in Pregnancy Prep. They are different. With that however, we prefer a whole food preconception multivitamin like Fertilica Fertile Woman One Daily over Pregnacare. That could also be taken with Pregnancy Prep.

  9. Hi me and my fiance have been trying to conceive for 7 months and nooo luck. I have around 29-30 day cycle depending.. i had a miscarriage at 7 weeks last August. Was wondering what you recommend.

  10. Hi there,
    I am 43yrs and trying for a baby. I have a question around when to take Vitex ( for fertility ) , is it to be taken up until Ovulation only or through out the month as one is trying to conceive. apologies if this has been addressed before.

    • Dear LuLu,

      We suggest taking Fertilica Vitex all cycle long without taking a break when actively trying to conceive. It can then be weaned off of in early pregnancy.

  11. Thank you so much- I have two birthing center open house appointments scheduled– the journey begins! I have lowered my dose from two a day to one a day for now and will start with one every other day next week.

  12. Hi Elizabeth, I got a BFP yesterday at 11dpo! This was my first full cycle using natures way Vitex, 2 capsules each morning which totals 800mg. I have pcos and have miscarried before at the beginning of the year at 14dpo. Please can you tell me the best schedule to ween myself off vitex and hopefully not miscarry. I did not speak to a herbalist or midwife/doctor before starting vitex. Fingers crossed for a healthy pregnancy. Thank you in advance

    • Congratulations Kathleen!!!

      It will now be best to check in with your doctor. He may want to do a check-up, talk to you about how your feeling, maybe test progesterone levels to determine if they might need to be supported early on… to discuss your concerns and fears as well.

      Consider now also contacting an herbalist, naturopathic doctor or midwife trained in herbal medicine and ask them for guidance. The general approach is to continue program until at least 2 weeks past the last weeks’ gestation of the previous miscarriage. Should the practitioner you work with feel differently, do follow their advice as they can monitor your herbal program and you in pregnancy. German research has shown the safety of Vitex in early pregnancy, so find a practitioner you really connect with and go from there.

      Again, congratulations!

  13. Hi I have regular periods. I am 35 and been TTC for 3 years. I have unexplained fertility. I do get PMS and Acne. Would Vitex help?

  14. is vitex ok to take with tribulus?

  15. hi i had 4 hsg test n they are blocked dr said only way is ivf n i dont want ivf as dr said is not 100 percent that will work, as i had hsg tests n they are blocked last one was told that blocked im doing all reserech as much as possible as i have appoitment in sept as im looking into get reopen but the dr wont do as hes a arsehole sorry about my language. as all we want is have a baby. as what should i do as my partner had tests n hes sperm is fine, im thinking of getting a detox. im so depressed about my blocked tubes if can help what to do about my tubes

    • Dear Carolina,

      I’m sorry to hear this! Have you thought of finding another doctor who will support you and help you learn all of your options? You are entitled to feel supported and cared for!

      You may also appreciate our educational guide, Natural Therapies for Blocked Fallopian Tubes. It may also help to determine what has cause the blockage, as if it’s still a concern that may need to be treated.

      I hope this is helpful!

  16. Hello! I’ve been taking vitex (2pills of 400mg) for a mounth now, and I just found out I’m pregnant. How is the best way for me to stop taking it? I’m about 5 weeks long in my pregnancy.

    • Congratulations Priscilla!!!

      It is best to seek the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner, perhaps a midwife, someone to help guide you through this transition. Yet, in general a good way to wean off of an herb or herbal blend is to take less and less each day, over a week. If you are taking herbs in a capsule form, you could open the capsule, dump a little out and then close it back up and then take it. Do this each day until you are no longer taking it. Should the practitioner you find to work with share a different way of discontinuing the herb, do follow their advice.

      My best!

  17. I have been taking a supplement with vitex in it for a while now and I am not sure if the positive tests (2) are correct due taking a total of three and the last ended in neg. I don’t remember ever getting a positive before though? Could my meds thrown off my test? I haven’t had my period either.

    • Hello Tina!

      Vitex is not known to cause a false positive pregnancy test if that is the test you are referring to. Or do you mean ovulation tests?

  18. Hi, Thank you for sharing this important information.
    I’m 36 yrs old and trying to conceive for the 3rd time. I have 2 beautiful daughters. With my first pregnancy, I didn’t have any problems to conceive at all.
    With the second, we tried for a year. My labs came with high prolactine at that time. I just took vitex for 15 days and got pregnant.
    Now I have been trying for 6 months already and nothing. Since I am 36 now, I am thiking on taking Vitex again.
    My question is: I have very regular periods, regular flow, no cramps, anything wrong. Do you think that if I take Vitex, will it mess my periods?
    How can I take it?
    Any advice will help me a lot.
    Thanks again.

    • Hello Yolanda!

      Has anything been determined to be out of balance or wrong thru testing this time? Do you ovulate monthly at or near the same time each month (and know you do)?

      The thing about Vitex is that it supports each woman differently and can (as you may have read) cause cycle shifts before helping the cycle balance. I can not say for sure this will or won’t happen for you. We have never seen Fertilica Vitex do harm to a menstrual cycle (there’s always something else going on that’s the culprit). With that, I think it’s best to learn as much as you can about Vitex to help you determine if it’s right for your needs.

      It may be a best first step to check in with your healthcare provider to try to find if there is something specifically standing in the way.

  19. I’ve been taking vitex for a few weeks because I have short, somewhat irregular cycles (21-25 days) and have been TTC for 4 years. On CD 17, I had some blood after intercourse. Could this be a side-effect of the vitex, or is it something I should be concerned about/look into? I haven’t bled since – now on CD 19.

    • Dear Annika,

      Intercourse can be a cause of spotting if cervical mucus or vaginal secretions were low. Ovulation can also be a cause of spotting. I do not know Vitex to cause spotting. I am not certain there is reason for concern.

      My best!

  20. Hello, I been trying to have a baby for awhile now, I went to the doctor and they check to make sure my egg was fine and they were but I’m trying to figure out why I cant get pregnant I already have little girl me and my husband want one more so do you think this can help us the doctor never told me that I had any problems put my cycle sometimes spot but the rest of the time it have came on fine I don’t what to do because I am thinking that I have the problem because I cant get pregnant again. please help me

  21. Hello, I just turned 43. I have gone through 5 rounds of IVF. I have no problem with egg quantity, but the embryos don’t make it past Genetic Testing. We are going to try another round this fall/winter. Would Vitex be a good addition to all the other supplements i am taking , and will be also considering your Fertility Kit. I am giving my self 90-120 days to prepare. Thank you for any and all advice 🙂

  22. I love Vitex. I have been on for about 18 months. I take 1 capsule (500 mg)/day, and I am going to be 12 weeks pregnant in a few days. Should I just stop taking Vitex entirely at 12 weeks, or taper off for 1-2 weeks and take every other day before cutting out? Thank you!

  23. I love Vitex. It shortened my period from an average of 7 days, to an average of 5 days; it lessened (almost eliminated) my menstrual cramps; it got rid of the blood clots; and it basically got rid of my spotting, which I had both before and after my period. With all that, I would bleed heavily, with clots, for about 9 days altogether, with heavy cramping. But not anymore! Additionally, I’d only taken Vitex for 3 months straight, and stopped after that. So it continued to help. 🙂
    I’m talking in past-tense, by the way, because now I’m pregnant, and have stopped having my period. Heh.
    But anyone considering Vitex, I totally recommend it, because it worked for me.

  24. I have had POF for over 11 years and I am 26 now. Do you think trying vitex is worth it? I’m currently on birth control and use estrogen patches which I would stop using both if I were to give vitex a try.

  25. I took Vitex for two months and i stopped it in February cuz i saw a 2 day period instead of 5 days. Then i had breakthrough bleeding for 3 weeks and then i ovulated and had my 5 day period. in my second cycle, i ovulated but i spotted 6 days before a period. it continued to spot for 15 days and had a period for 10 days and not i am back to light bleeding. this has never happened to me before vitex, when will my cycles go back to what it was? please help. I am so stressed about this.

    • Dear Vee,

      As you may have read now, we know that some women’s cycles shift when they first taking Vitex. I am sorry you are stressed as that also can cause cycle shifts! In general we see the cycle begin to balance out within 1-3 cycles of use of Vitex when diet and lifestyle are optimal. Would you share more about your fertility health, why you started taking Vitex, what your diet and lifestyle are like and if you have any fertility health issues? This may help me better understand and guide you. If you would like, you can email me directly here…

  26. I have a period every 28.3 days according to my app, and am now 4 days late. This NEVER happens. I took 400 mgs of Vitex for three days last week and then stopped on the day I was supposed to start. Is this why I’m late? My tests have all been negative but I do have pregnancy symptoms such as being exhausted, cramping and dizzy and nauseous. I’d love any feed back 🙂

    • Dear Nikki,

      We know that Vitex can cause menstrual cycle shifts for some women, but it’s not common for it to cause the symptoms you’ve shared. I’m sorry you feel off! Could it be something unrelated to fertility health or the Vitex (a virus)? In the absence of pregnancy consider gentle abdominal massage to help encourage flow and improve circulation.

      We also know that although some women see cycle shifts that for Vitex to benefit the body as it needs to, that it needs to be taken consistently for at least 3 months, often 6 months (and for some more). Shifts do work themselves out too, most often within 1-3 cycles of use.

      I hope you feel better soon!

  27. Hello. 29 year old, married for 9 months. Used to have very very irregular periods. They would not come for 6 months or would last 30 days. Since taking Vitex, they have became more regular and last about 6-10 days. Healthy, bright red blood instead of dark, old blood. Question is… we are looking to conceive. I have been taking in home ovulation tests and have never had a positive test. I have been to a couple different doctors with no help on answers. Does Vitex typically help stimulate ovulation and if so… how long do it usually take? Thanks!

    • Dear L,

      What great news; that your cycles have adjusted!

      Vitex has been found to support most cases of irregular menses and any type of hormone imbalance. As shared in this guide, clinical research shows that 6 months to a year of consistent use proves most helpful for women. With that each woman will respond differently. With that, perhaps Vitex isn’t all the body needs to spontaneously ovulate. Consider learning more from my guide 5 Simple Ways to Promote Regular Ovulation.

  28. Hi,
    I am 28 years old. I recently started using vitex. I was diagnosed with PCOS. I used to have horrible menstrual cramps and heavy clots during my period. Also I have struggled with irregular periods. But the vitex has helped me, for the first in years I have had a 28 cycle period and so far I have not have any clots. I also had no cramps this month, I feel great. Question though, should I stop taking it during my cycle?

    • That is so great to hear Sara!

      Our research and use of Fertilica Vitex with our clients has proven that it is best taken all cycle long without taking a break, even during menstruation.

  29. I’m a 25 year old woman with a one-year-old son. I’ve had erratic periods before birthing him, and things have stayed the same since his birth. I decided to try Vitex to see if I could gain some normalcy. So far I’ve spotted for 22 days straight. Just pale pink blood on the tissue. And since my periods always came in light, I can never tell if it’s the spotting or my actual flow. My temps haven’t really change either. I’m going into my second month of using it, so I’m hoping I just need to wait.

    Do I need to stop or wait it out? Or do I need to see a doctor about another course of action?

  30. Hi, I have been recommended to take vitex to see if it will help sort my monthlies out as they are very erratic, I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2012. I’m just wondering how long do I take them for? My half sister takes 2 a day ( 1 am and 1 pm) but stops when she gets her period…is this the right way?

  31. Hi, I’m 26 years old and have been TTC for 2 years now in July, post IUD removal. Prior to IUD, I was on Depo for about a year. I have regular periods that last for about 4-5 days but have trouble pin pointing ovulation (tests & EWCM) I’ve recently started taking 2 – 1000mg capsules of Vitex/day and 1 – 500mg capsule of Maca Root three times day.
    Questions:
    Are my doses of both Vitex & Maca ok?
    Should I begin prenatal pills as well?
    Can I take Vitex during my period?
    Anything else I should check for before resorting to infertility testing/treatment?

    Sad & discouraged but praying for a miracle.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Alex!

      Thanks for reaching out for support!

      1. General suggested use of Vitex is 900-1000mg daily. We can’t suggest more than that really, so it may be best to consider less. General suggested use of Maca is 500-3000mg daily. Starting at 500mg is just fine. See how it goes and then if you want to increase, you could.

      2. A whole food multivitamin is a good thing to consider (a prenatal would be fine too). It’s an easy way to ensure you are getting nutrients daily – a back up plan if you will for a healthy diet.

      3. Fertilica Vitex can be taken all cycle long with out taking a break. It is fine to take during a period.

      Our guide titled Fertility Tip: How to Enhance Fertility After IUD Removal may be helpful as you think more about further testing. Know that hormonal balance takes time. It may take a few cycles to detect ovulation. Trust your body is strong and working very hard to balance again.

      I hope this is helpful!

  32. Hi,
    I started taking Vitex that is infused with Dong quai, 600mg (that is the required dosage on the bottle) last month. My cycle normally lasts 28 days but last month it lasted 32 days after i started taking Vitex. Now this month i am on CD 34 with no AF and BFN. Please advise whether Vitex elongates a cycle. how long should i wait before i test for pregnancy again?.. thanks

    • Hello Joss!

      Vitex is known to cause cycle shifts for some women when they start taking it. While I know this is concerning, it is we feel a good sign the body is responding to the herb’s actions. Vitex needs to be use consistently over time, 3-6 months or longer, to show the most benefit. I am not certain you need to test for pregnancy again, but if you actively tried to conceive, then you could at any point.

      Moving forward, be sure to be eating well, a whole food Fertility Diet, exercising regularly, staying hydrated and consider fertility massage.

      Trust your body is working hard to find balance!

  33. Hi, I have been taking 1 x 400mg vitex capsule per day for the last month and have just confirmed I am pregnant. I read that stopping Vitex abruptly might cause miscarriage so have been slowly weaning off of it (am starting to take it every 2 days now). Would this be the correct way to go about it, and what point should I stop taking it completely?

    • Dear Jellybean,

      Congratulations! I hope that you are feeling well! Do you have a history of miscarriage? If so, please do consult your healthcare provider or herbalist for support in continuing or weaning off of Vitex.

      We suggest a slightly different approach to weaning than you have chosen. We suggest weaning off of Vitex over a week’s time. In general if taking herbs in a capsule form, open the capsule, dump a little out and then close it back up and take it. Do this each day until you are no longer taking it. After taking it every two days for a few doses, you could consider the above advice, to empty 1/2 from a capsule take that on the schedule you’ve created.

      If interested, our archive of Pregnancy Health resources is here…

      Again, Congratulations!

  34. Hi, I successfully conceived in the 3rd cycle in November 2016 after starting to drink Vitex tea in dried fruit that I dosed myself (once a day only) but had a miscarriage in January at 7 weeks. After 2 months of rest we are back to trying for a baby but 3 months have gone by with no success…I want to start drinking vitex tea again (today I got my period) but came across some information on the internet that chasteberry must be drunk/taken up to 10th day of the cycle ONLY, otherwise it impact negatively on the hormones.. Can you please advise if I can drink it through my whole cycle for 28-29 days? I also have cysts on my ovaries and took progesterone for last 2 months, not any more though

  35. hi, Iam suddenly single again at 43 and we were planning to try to conceive for the first time this spring. Now I am concerned about fertility and preserving my fertility. My IVF clinic said I am too old to go through a hormonal treatment for such low outcome and freeze my eggs, BUT I had still a chance to conceive naturally, on the limit bc of age . My hormons are ok, menstruation always regular, 26-27 days. I have charted for 2 years and clearly have confirmed ovulation. BUT, my progesterone is going down and I have spotting 2-3 days before my period and my LP is shorter. I would like to meet a new man soon. Can vitex prolong fertility and increase progesteron while I wait? thanks

    • Dear Kerstin,

      I am sorry to here of such little support or hope from the IVF clinic staff! Makes me sad…

      Vitex and natural progesterone cream both have the ability to support healthy progesterone levels and luteal phase length. The are in my opinion worth learning more about along with vitamin B6 (well and B complex is best) as you will read in our guide
      Luteal Phase Defect: Natural Treatment Options. I think you will also find our guide Preparing for Conception Over 40 helpful.

      Lastly, if I may, have you considered a second opinion or working with a provider who will support freezing your eggs. I know of so many women in their 40s who choose this for various reasons and have success. I am confused as to why the clinic you work with isn’t supportive of this option.

      In any event, I hope this is all helpful information!

  36. Hello, I purchased the Vitex capsules 400mg and I am not sure how much I should take and on what time? What I meant is do I need to take only half of month, on periode or when I got pms (follicular phase or luteal phase) Or should I take it non-stop without a break after 3 month? I have hyperprolactinemia and want to lower my prolactin levels as I deal very much with pms and periode. I am estrogen dominans as I destroyed my body with birth control pill and took several morning-after pill in which I searched it all destroyed my natural progesterone. My cycles are stable (29-35 days) and bleed only 2-3 days, I can never ovulate as all I get high prolactin. Hope you can help me.
    Thank you

  37. Hello – my husband and I are trying to have a baby, post Mirena IUD. My IUD was removed in March and while I have had “normal” cycles (23 days, 32 days, 29 days) since, I have not ovulated. I have been temping and noting CM, and we are timing intercourse… but nothing. I have had no signs of fertile CM, nor had any positive OPK’s. Prior to IUD, I had plenty of fertile CM each cycle. My temping looks like I keep getting ready to ovulate, but then I do not. I am considering both Vitex and Maca. Are these ok to take together? Would both be recommended? At what point of my cycle do I start taking them? I am CD 8 today.
    Thank you!

  38. Hi, I just purchased the Vitex capsules 400mg and Raspberry leaf capsules as well with hopes that they should significantly help! I am integrating these two additions to my current load of vitamins, which are CoQ10, Prenatal, Folic Acid, Vit. E, Vit. D3, DHA, B6, B12, Vit. C, and Iron. Quick story… I had my first pregnancy in February via IVF, which only last 6 weeks. After 2 years of heartache, two surgeries, and two IVF cycles, diagnosed being a DOR and Endometriosis stage 3, we are heading towards of our last, but hopeful, attempt in August 2017. We are praying and leaving it in the hands of God. Should these two components aid with the IVF process? Thanks for your feedback in advance!

    • Dear Launa,

      I am sorry for all you’ve been through!

      Vitex and Red Raspberry leaf can be taken with the list of supplements you shared. They both have wonderful fertility health benefits for women, specific to hormonal balance and uterine health. Have you also seen our guide How to Increase Your IVF Success Rate Naturally? If not, I feel like you will appreciate the tips it shares.

      Then, consider talking to your doctor about the benefits of DHEA. While we do not suggest just taking it without a doctor’s guidance, we know DHEA may help improve IVF outcome in women who were previous poor-responders, or for women with Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR). We share more in our guide Should Women Use a DHEA Supplement to Improve IVF Outcome?.

      I wish you the very best!

  39. I am 25 years old and I have had Acne for 8 years now. I recently had a hormone imbalance/PCOS blood test done and my doctor has told me my progesterone is very low and FSH and LH are really imbalanced which could possibly indicate that I have PCOS.
    Is it possible that Vitex capsules can increase my progesterone levels and lessen my Acne?
    Thank you.

    • Dear Amna,

      Vitex is an amazing female fertility herb, as you have read here. It seems like it would certainly be worth learning more about.

      Regarding diagnosis of PCOS, while hormonal levels in pat indicative, circulating androgens, insulin levels, and the appearance of the ovaries are also often tested/observed. I would ask for more in-depth testing if you worry about having PCOS.

  40. I have been taking Vitex since December. I was taking 1200mg ( 3 pills 400mg in am) a day but got a new bottle that was more potent and went to 1000mg (2 500mgs in am) but found I started bleeding again after intercourse and before period so went to 1500mg as the pills are 500mg each is this okay? I have been taking since December and it def has got my periods normal and minimized the mid cycle bleeding and spotting. just want to be pregnant already….

    • Hello Maranda!

      How have things been going since you went to 1500mg and is this within the suggested dose on the product you purchased? I am glad you’ve seen such positive changes!