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. HI,
    I have been taking a 1-a-day hormone support supplement with Vitex, Black Cohosh, Maca, Wild Yam, B6, Ginger, Chromium, L-Tyrosine and magnesium for just over 3 months. Initially it worked really well. Clear skin and def a lot less breast tenderness (which I get very badly) But now it seems to be getting worse? Is this normal or does this mean that it might not be the right supplement for me? I have now switched to just Maca to see how that goes and maybe just take Vitex seperate too. But could it be that it is not right for me? I have had 3 recurrent miscarriage in a years time (no trouble getting pregnant ) so am really wanting to my body to be in optimum health so they stick 🙂

  2. Can this help help with hot flashes?

    • Dear Cindy,

      It may worth considering. Is it age and the natural transition toward menopause that has cause you to have hot flashes, or hormonal imbalance prior to the aforementioned stage of life? When do you have hot flashes? Have you heard about homeopathic remedies know to offer support or Clary Sage essential oil? These may be worth learning more about as well.

      I hope you find something to help!

  3. Hi,

    I just purchased Solaray Vitex extract (225mg), this version is supposed to be more potent than the regular Vitex. The bottle indicates one pill per day but I have been taking one in the morning and one at night along with EPO (only for the first 14 days). Since I have the extract do you think 550 mg is sufficient or should I up the intake?

    • Dear S. Harmon,

      How are things going so far? Have you noticed any changes in PMS/mood or cycle shifts?

      This product can be taken 1-2 times a day (according to the website), so this if fine. It is always best to take the product purchased as instructed. Extracts are in general more potent and can be faster acting, so taking more would depend on how things are going I think and personal choice. The general suggested use shared in this guide is for Vitex berry (not extract).

    • I started on day 1 and I’m only on day 5 today, so I can’t tell as of yet. Perhaps, I should revert to taking only once a day?

      Also, do you recommend one over the other? Berry vs extract?

    • Dear Sonovia,

      My thoughts are slightly opposite. It may be best to stick with 2 a day and allow Vitex time to work for you… at least 3 cycles.

      Either the berry or extract are just fine.

    • Thank you, I will be sure to report back!

    • One additional question, can I also incorporate dong quai with the EPO and Vitex? I was taking it for about a month but then I discontinued when I read it is not good if you have fibroids (which I do) I’ve read conflicting reports on this. What is your take on these things?

    • Dear Sonovia,

      Dong Quai can be taken with EPO (Evening Primrose Oil) and Vitex. This is fine! I am not certain what reports were read, but none of them are contraindicated for women with uterine fibroids.

  4. Hi, i have hypothyroidism and pcos. I miscarry last year in july ,since then my cycle is kind of normal but i faces some restlessness in my body in second half phase of my cycle. My doctor consider it as pms. I am also taking levothyroxine ….can i take vitex….i just wanted to conceive again with fear of miscarriage.

  5. i wanna to know if there is Blockage in the tubes ,vitex help in this case?

  6. Hello, l have one son who is 2 and half years old now. my husband and l been TTC for over one year now. I just got to know about the NF and l order the Vitex 500 capsules and Maca 750 MG. I am taking the Vitex two capsules and Maca one capsule early in the morning together. Am l doing the right thing? Also will that help us on our journey to our second baby? Please help if there is any drugs you think l should order again.
    Thank you.

  7. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 2 years. I am 28 years old and I do not ovulate on my own. I have not had a menstrual cycle without medical assistance in almost 3 years. I’ve tried Vitex before, but gave up after 1 month of no results. I’m on my second try of Vitex and I am wondering if you have any suggestions to make this attempt a success. Thank you.

    • Dear Brie,

      Give Vitex time!!! That is my #1 piece of advice!

      Do you know why you do not menstruate or ovulate on your own? Are you eating a whole food diet, the Fertility Diet and making lifestyle changes to support healthy hormonal balance? Are you using any other natural therapies with Vitex?

      It’d be helpful to learn more about you to guide you further. If you wish to do so in private, click this link to contact our herbalist team…

  8. which store I can get vitex in South africa

  9. I just started taking vitex fruit i was told that it could help my period to regulate. Every since my miscarriage my period have not gotten back on track it comes when ever it wants but at least it stays for only 5 days but I’m use to it just be here for 4 days a month starting on the 20th now it comes mainly at beginning and every now and then in middle of the month. I hope this hormone balance medicine help I’m ready to try to conceive again but I can’t if I don’t know when I ovulate. So how long would it take for vitex fruit to start working

    • Dear Lateeka,

      I am sorry to hear of your loss!

      A period that lasts 5 days is not an immediate indicator that something is wrong or you won’t be able to conceive. That said, the female fertility herb Vitex (not a medicine) can be helpful in supporting a healthy, balanced menstrual cycle.

      I can not know how long it will take you to notice results. Some notice shifts fairly quickly, yet for others it takes time. Allow Vitex at least 3 months, yet know that for some it can take longer. As shared here, do also begin to make dietary and lifestyle changes to support hormonal balance. Consider also the tips we share in our guide 5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages.

      My best to you!

  10. Hello, I just ordered a small bottle of Nature’s Answer Alcohol-Free Vitex Berry. My problem is that I have not had a period for over 12 years. Last year my husband and I decided to do IVF which was negative. The only time i get a period is when i’m on birth control pill.
    I’m going to give Vitex a try and hope it brings back the periods and balance my hormones, then we will try to get pregnant again.
    Is there anything else should I take? Any help would be much appreciated!

    • Dear Tina,

      I’m sorry!

      Do you now why you don’t menstruate? May I know how old you are? Will you be trying IVF again?

      It is a wonderful idea to eat a Fertility Diet while taking Vitex. It is best able to work when diet and lifestyle are optimal. I would also suggest learning more about Fertility Cleansing, Fertility Massage and Castor Oil Therapy.

      It is difficult for me to answer your questions based on just a small piece of the bigger picture of your health. I’m sorry to hear about your struggles and challenges!

      It would be best to book a Fertility Consultation in order to work one on one with our fertility herbalist most helpful however to consider working one on one with a fertility herbalist who can guide you in the right direction, on the right program, for your specific fertility health needs.

  11. I have been taking vitex twice a day for 6 months and I’m so happy that my hormones seem to be balancing! (I haven’t had hormone levels tested but my cycle is more regular and I feel better) As a convert, my question is do I need to worry about continuing to take vitex long term? I saw that should I become pregnant its probably best to stop after the 1st trimester, but what if I”m not pregnant a year from now, is it ok to take vitex for that long?

    • Dear Shelly,

      What great news! As you approach the 1 year mark of using Vitex, we often suggest weaning off to see how the body maintains balance on its own. It is fine to ttc while taking Vitex and it is best weaned off of in early pregnancy with the support of your midwife or healthcare provider.

  12. Is Vitex safe to take while taking HCG injections post-peak/ovulation which aide in raising estrogen and progestrone?

    • Dear Nicole,

      This would be best to discuss with your doctor. We suggest against combining herbs with HCG injections or medications unless your healthcare provider suggests otherwise. We and many medical professionals caution that HCG injections are medications and should only be used under the strict guidance of a qualified healthcare provider.

  13. Hi, I have just purchased a bottle of Vitex with 40mg each. I am trying to shrink the 9cm dermoid cyst in my right ovary. I have just been taking one capsule a day after meal. Am I doing it correctly? Any help would be much appreciated.

  14. Hi 🙂 My Dr. recently prescribed me Levothyroxine 50 mg for my thyroid. They said it was a little bit high as my TSH level was 4.7. I’ll re-check it again in 3 weeks but I’m a little hesitant about taking this medication anyway. Is it safe to combine Vitex or Maca with this drug? I want to bring down my TSH and regulate my cycles, this irregularity in my cycles make ovulation so difficult to time as well. Side note: I’ve had irregular and painful periods my whole life. Thanks!

  15. HI , I AM 28 YEARS OLD AND WAS ON DEPO FOR 12 YEARS PRIOR. I STOPPED TAKING BC LAST JUNE ANDH AVE BEEN TTC SINCE AUG 2016. I HAVE HAD A HSG AND SHE STATES NORMAL BUT MY HORMONE TEST DIDNT DETECT OVULATION . NOT SURE WHATS WRONG , BUT DO U THINK VITEX WILL HELP? I FIRST STARTED TAKING 225MG EARLY MARCH WHICH MADE MY AF 1 WEEK LATE BUT THE SAME LENGTH OF DAYS SO NOW I STARTED 400MG ( 3X DAILY) ON 3/27/17 ( MAY HAVE MISSED A FEW) BUT HOPING I DONT GET AF THIS CYCLE. ANY TIPS ?

  16. It is nice to know that there are others out there that help women to be able to do this as naturally as possible. Also it is nice to know that there are others just as passionate about this as the mothers trying to conceive. Thank you for this. I was so happy when I found this website. I am in my 40’s and hoping to still have a baby. My diet is not so good either but I am learning from this site just how important this is. So perhaps is why my menstrual cycle is off too. I am looking into all your information and finding it very helpful. I will be buying many things very soon that you are offering here. As I need all the assistance I can get.

  17. Hi, i have been having high prolactin levels , and breast milk in my breast every since a miscarriage 4 years ago, i havent been able to get pregnant since. Will taking Vitex help my situation without actually taking the Bromocriptine or Cabergoline? I’ve had MRI i dont have a tumor, i did notice Positive ovulation test for two months, still nothing

  18. Can I start Vitex at anytime during my cycle? I have a regular 25 day cycle but do not ovulate. I just ordered yesterday and should receive it next wednesday which will be CD 14.

  19. Hi Elizabeth,
    I started taking vitex in January with the hope of balancing my hormones. I believe I had low progesterone. Prior to that I’d get 4 day cycles, every 28 days. After the first month, my period came early and lasted for 4 days with the first 2 being very heavy. In the second month, my period came 1 day early and lasted 3-4 days with days 1 and 2 being heavy again and dark at the end. I am waiting to see what happens this month.

    I read in the article that vitex increases progesterone. Could it be that it doesn’t increase to a high enough level for someone ttc? My luteal phase is 14 days.

    Thanks for your feedback,
    Colette

    • Dear Colette,

      Vitex takes time to help the body achieve a level of balance that shows pattern. It also may not be all that is needed for women with extremely low progesterone levels, or rather, may take even longer to support balance.

      With all of that though, a 4-day period, 28-day cycle and 14-day luteal phase don’t indicate to me an issue. I’m curious why you think this is not “normal”. Can you share why? It can be normal for a period to be heavy on day 1-3 roughly, yet every one is different. And darker at the end than at the beginning is often the case. If the blood were darker meaning brown or black or clotty, then maybe there’s an issue with stagnation or uterine tone.

      I’d love to hear more from you!

  20. Hello,
    I started to use Vitex and received my period in 7 days, I stopped taking Vitex that following day I received my period (which only lasted 3 days). After the fifth day, I tried getting back on Vitex I started to get nauseous really sick in the morning and every time I ate. I had’t used again, I saw a positive action using Vitex I been trying to get back, but seems like I keep getting sick using this. Why is this happening?

    • Dear Carolyn,

      We know that some minor and infrequent side-effects (1-2% of users may experience) have been nausea, gastrointestinal upset with Vitex. It could be the cause. Consider taking a smaller dose for a few weeks and/or taking it before bed to see if this helps, yet if what you are experiencing is bothersome or interrupting your days, then maybe Vitex isn’t the best herb to use.

      We don’t want you feeling sick!

  21. I have an un-diagnosed hypothyroidism (i fit all the criteria but doc wont do testing-long story :)), I take natural adrenal support supplements by Gaia Herbs… can I take those along with Vitex?

    • Dear Sara,

      It would be best to reach out to Gaia to ask. In general Vitex can be combined with other herbs and combination products. I hope you are feeling better with these herbs.

  22. Hi hoping you can help me. Ive always had perfect 28 days periods, my periods were heavy lasting 5-7 days, and always heavy on the first day. I was ttc, so decided vitex might help, and i started taking it end of december 2016, the first month my period was normal, the second month, i barely had a period, 3rd month my period was 1 day of blood, then 2 days of brown blood. My current period, ive had 2 days of blood, and now small amount of brown blood. Is this normal, im worried by the amount of blood im menstruating, my periods are less painful which is good, and im ovulating with no issues. But i am worried by how light my periods are, should i stop vitex, or continue?

    • Dear Nicki,

      Vitex can cause menstrual cycle shifts. This is a good sign that the body is responding to the herb’s actions. Dark blood that looks old or is brown is old blood left over from the previous cycle. This may be caused by a sluggish menstrual flow, lack of uterine tone or low uterine circulation. Be sure to be exercising regularly, staying hydrated and your could consider learning about Fertility Massage.

      It’s great that you have seen positive changes and I should that with continued use, more will come.

  23. I suffer from PCOS and incompetent cervix(was diagnosed when I was 27) I am currently trying to conceive again (I have suffered 5 losses two in the second trimester and 3 at 9 weeks) I have been taking Vitex 410mg for 14 days now. I also have irregular periods. After losing my daughter at 20 weeks almost a year ago I was on a 40 day cycle but it has changed to 54-67 days (currently waiting was set for 3/20 and still nothing).Do you think I am taking enough MG of Vitex everyday? Currently do 2 410 MG twice a day? Help please I am trying to be what I always wanted a MOM.

  24. Hello, I got off an estrogen only birth control in September/October(on BC for 3-4 years). I’m back to a normal month;y period but Since getting off I have gained 10lb…I eat a very clean non processed diet and exercise regularly. Ive made an appt with my doctor to talk about things but In the meantime have you heard of anyone using this to regulate hormones after getting off of birth control? Thanks so much!

  25. Hi,

    Can I use vitex, maca after using the fertility cleansing pack?

    • Dear Busola,

      If you have been taking Vitex for at least two weeks before you will start the Fertility Cleanse, then it is fine to continue while cleansing. If you haven’t begun using Vitex yet, it is best to wait to do so until the Fertility Cleanse is completed. Maca can be taken while cleansing.

  26. Hi Elizabeth,
    Can I start Vitex on 2,000 mg or is that just to much for a start? I don’t get a period, but I would like to conceive. That’s why I am trying to get a menstrual cycle to start, but I got could tests done but the only thing that is low is my Progesterone and they are on 0.09 what do you think is the best thing to do or suggest me to take. Do you think Vitex would help my Progesterone?

    • Dear Carolyn,

      I am not able to suggest more than the general suggested dose of 900-1000mg daily all month long unless a qualified healthcare provider suggests otherwise. Have you learned about natural progesterone cream too. Each can be helpful to the body in need of progesterone support.

      Our guide How To Get Your Period Back shares additional tips that may also be helpful to consider.

    • Hello, can I ask if it is safe to take Vitex 500 mg together with Sarapis Menesis (Composition: 1 capsule 90 mg of a flower pollen, pollen fermented 50 mg, magnesium 22.5 mg (6% RHP), 21.25 mg of cranberry extract – American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) corresponding to 625 mg cranberry, 18.75 mg of extract of soybean, 12.5 mg extract of red clover – these two extracts contain 12.5 mg of total isoflavones. Furthermore, B vitamines and Zinc). I am 42 and would stil like a secon child my AMH is 3,15 and all other hormones fine. Have couple of small myoms … doctors say not a problem. However I experienced 3 miscarriges last year and had high prolactin (now is normal). Thank u Iva

    • Dear Iva,

      Vitex can be taken with all for the nutrients/foods in blend you mention.

      I am so sorry your losses! We also offer tips you may find helpful in our guide 5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages.

      My best!

  27. Hi, I would like to know if taking Vitex could induce hyperovulation?

  28. Hi I am 22 years old, I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2015, after been married my husband and I are trying to conceive but their is no luck I get my period twice or once a year. Yes, I am irregular. This year I decided to see a OBGYN DR. and he retested me for PCOS and thankfully I don’t have PCOS. He wanted to put me on some medications to get a period, but he is saying how I can get a birth defects. You think if I start using VITEX I can start a cycle?

    • Dear Ericka,

      While I think Vitex had the ability to be helpful, it is not alone all to consider. Diet and lifestyle changes are important and we share of how to make these and much more in our guide How To Get Your Period Back, that I think you will appreciate. Take a look over that and let me know if you have any more questions.

  29. If I’m taking vitex and I become pregnant, should I stop taking it or continue it?

  30. Hello there! I am in my early twenties and I have some major PMS symptoms, and have been looking for a solution, and came across this website. I would love to try this but I suffer from depression, and I was wondering if you would advice me to use this herb?

  31. Hi there
    I started to taking vitex (400mg bid) my previous cycle and had a normal 28 day cycle. I think I ovulated around CD 13/14. This cycle I’ve been having brown discharge post period. Just wondering if I should stay on the Vitex or if its tampering with my cycle? Is the brown discharge normal? I know its old blood, but when will my cervical mucous change to white and creamy?

    • Dear Marianne,

      That brown “old” blood should come out. This is a good thing! It is typically a sign of sluggish menstrual flow, lack of uterine tone or low uterine circulation. Herbs and therapies used traditionally for this imbalance are:
      – Self Fertility Massage
      – Cleansing for Fertility
      – Systemic Enzyme Therapy
      – Hydration, simply staying hydrated with herbal tea and water
      – FertiliCare Phase 1 & 2 or Vitex
      – Daily moderate exercise

      It is opinion that Vitex needs more time to be as effective as it can be for you. If you trust in the benefits it offers, consider continuing it for at least 3 consecutive cycles (up to 6-12) at the general suggested does of 900- 1000mg daily.

  32. Hello there!

    I have recently been diagnosed with PCOS (with ovarian cysts) and my Dr. said I have high testosterone levels. Will Vitex help with these issues? I have read that it can make it worse (increase testosterone levels even more). She recommend that I start taking metformin but I would rather try the holistic approach. Also, if this can or can’t work, I am interested in taking Maca. Thoughts?

    Thanks so much in advance!

    • Dear Theresa,

      The great part about Vitex is that it meets the individual needs of each woman who tries it. It is not known to support raising or lowering a hormone level that doesn’t need to be. It helps the endocrine system create and coordinate delivery of the amount of hormones each individual needs. That said, Vitex and Maca can’t be replied upon alone. With PCOS, diet and lifestyle are key.

      PCOS is a complex endocrine system disorder in which the coordination of the production of and delivery of hormones to where they need to go within the body isn’t happening properly.

      Consider learning important information in this article titled How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs.

      It is important to not only support the body in re-learning balance by promoting healthy hormonal balance, but also a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion all of which you will learn how to do in the article above.

      I hope this is helpful!

    • Thank you! This article is extremely helpful! I don’t really eat bad in the first place but I read that a the paleo diet is the best diet for PCOS. Hopefully with this new life style change and adding Maca and Vitex I will be able to fix my PCOS!

      Thanks again,

  33. I was recently put back on birth control after having a large, complicated cyst removed from my right ovary. I am seeing a specialist at the end of this month and have been doing loads of research to prepare to ask questions about getting back off the pill. Is vitex safe to start while I am still on artificial birth control? I want to get into a routine prior to going back off the pill because I am so terrified of having another surgery due to ovarian cysts.

    • Hello Briana!

      Vitex is not to be combined with hormonal birth control. It is best to wait to begin it until birth control is stopped. Please see my previous additional reply to you for additional information.

  34. Hi
    I was taking vitex in the morning, just before breakfast,then I began to get stomach cramps.Could i take it after lunch rather than in the morning?
    thank you.

    • Dear Anna,

      I have not heard this before. Consider taking Vitex with breakfast. If this doesn’t seem to help, we do have some try taking it before bed.

      It is okay to try other ways of taking it to find what works for you.

  35. Hi there. I am 36 years old, trying to have my first baby. I have spent 1.5 years with a reproductive Dr. whom I did not feel montiroed me correctly. I have since left, and might start working with a new Dr. but have just stumbled upon Vitex. I have amenorrhea and have for maybe 5 years … having some spotting during those years – but nothing in the past year. Do you think that this would work for me? I also am Hypothyroid and am on meds for this. I bought Moon Cycle Yogi tea & it contains Chaste Tree Berry Extract – just do not think up to 1900 mg of it … please let me know your thoughts.

  36. Hi I started taking vitex to help with spotting before and after periods last month. It had great results, I did not spot before my period. I took about a week long break while I was on my period, and started taking it again after my period was over. Since my period ended I have experience light spotting and cramping on and off. I’m taking a 400mg capsule in the morning. Just wondering if this is just my body regulating or if I should stop taking it? Thank you

    • Dear Suzanne,

      It sounds to me, given what I know, like this is the body regulating or working to use what Vitex has to offer (hormones balancing). For best results, we actually suggest its use at a general dose of 900-1000mg daily through the menstrual cycle without taking a break. Vitex is best taken long term; at least 3 months and sometimes longer.

  37. Hi
    I’m 42 with a AMH level of 0.21. I was hoping I could still harvest and freze eggs, but I was obviously discoursed by the fertility specialist to do so with such low levels of AMH and only 4 antral follicles.
    As I am premenopausal already could it be beneficial to take Vitex – not necessarily to harvest eggs , but to delay menopause. (Your article suggests otherwise).
    regards
    M

  38. I am wondering if it would be safe to take Vitex. I’m 30, otherwise healthy, normal BMI, normal yearly dr. exams. We plan to start trying to conceive in the next couple of months. I have been off oral contraceptives for a few years, my periods took about a year to regulate, then they came every 32 days (for 6 months), now they come anywhere from 27-37 days. The last 2 months I have 3-4 days of spotting before my heavy flow. I have read this could be a sign of low progesterone. Any advice?

  39. Odd question. Has anyone experienced a zinc/metallic taste after taking Vitex? I took it for about 2 months and developed this terrible taste in my mouth. I stopped taking it and the taste went away. I can’t tell for sure if it was the Vitex but that was my best guess. Do you think its ok for me to start taking it again even if I develop the terrible taste again?

    Thank you!

    • Dear Brittany,

      We have not heard of this with Fertilica Vitex liquid extract or capsules. Are you taking the Fertilica brand Vitex? If not, consider reaching out to the manufacturer of the Vitex you purchased.

      My opinion only… I guess, it if where me and I felt my body could really benefit from Vitex, I’d try another brand or take it with food (or at night before bed)… try another way of taking it to see if that helped.

      If this metallic taste persists, or happens when taking other supplements or anything else, consider talking to your doctor about it. There are many reasons why this can happen from oral health to nutrient deficiencies, even high protein diet.

      I hope this is helpful!

  40. Hi, I am 29yrs and trying to conceive for 2 years. I have irregular periods and checked with doctors, they said PCOS. I recently came to know about maca and taking 750mg daily now me and husband. Today only i came to know about Vitex. After reading your vitex and fertility article, I am hoping this would help me. I am having problems like hormonal imbalances and luteal phase is very long for me like upto 25days/sometime more. And also came to know that spirulina would help for fertility too. I am planning to take Maca, Vitex, Spirulina and Prenatal vitamin. Could you please tell me whether it is okay to take and any other suggestion would be great. Thank you so much.

  41. I am currently on Estrogen patches for PCOS and Endometriosis. I am very interested in natural alternatives. Can Vitex be used along with estrogen replacement or should it be in place of? Thank you!

    • Dear Julie P,

      We are not able suggest herbs with medications including hormone patches, unless your healthcare provider directs you in their combination. They are best used apart from one another.

  42. I’m 28yo, recently married and now planning to conceive. I used Vitex for almost 2years now without stopping because I didn’t know that I was supposed to stop taking it for 5days. I primarily used Vitex to help with my intense PMS migraine, which it was able to alleviate. Should I still continue using Vitex? If not, any other recommendations? Thanks so much!

    • Dear Avee,

      We actually do not feel it needs to be stopped for 5 days each cycle. I know this information is out there from other resources, but from our use of Vitex and research, we have learned it’s best taken all cycle long without taking a break. With that, it may be time after 2 years of consistent use to consider weaning off of it (before actively trying to conceive) to see if the body can maintain balance and PMS-free cycles on it’s own. In general we suggest this after one year of use. I would suggest seeking one on one support from an herbalist if you wish to continue using it.

  43. Hello,

    I’m 38 and my husband and I have been trying to conceive for over a year now. We just did our first IUI treatment in January’17 but it was unsuccessful. We have no health issues and I have no fibroids or anything like that. What do you recommend I start taking to increase my chances of getting pregnant? I just starting taking Vitex. I read on one of the comments, other things as MACA and Ashwagandha. Do you recommend? And at what dosage?

    Thank you.

  44. Hello, i’ 31, my last test dated 2 feb, 2017 reveled an high FSH of 54.20, and a high LH of 29.4. I can ‘t have regular period since i was 17 year old. i make contraception for 4 years to have my period without problem.When i wanted to have a baby, i stop it 2 years ago, i never get pregnant. maybe it’s too late with all thoses hormones problems. Can vitex help me.

    • Dear Salous,

      There are many ways to naturally support healthy FSH and LH levels, Vitex is one of them. Because we know that Vitex is able to be more effective when diet and lifestyle are optimal, consider the other tips we share in our guide FSH Levels and Your Fertility. At age 31, you are young, try not to give up hope!

  45. hello,
    can you take vitex , aspirin and heparin together. will vitex stop aspirin and heparin from working.

    Thanks

    • Dear Emetebure,

      Vitex is not known to affect how aspirin and heparin work, but we can not suggest you combine then unless your doctor approves and will guide you. So, please to talk to your doctor about taking Vitex if you are interested.

  46. I’m 40 (already a mother of a 6 year old) trying to conceive and have taken Vitex for 2 months every day, I have recently added evening primrose ( first 14 days of cycle) as well as Ashwagandha ( first 14 days of cycle), I was thinking about adding Tribulus ( day 5-14) and maybe Maca during my next cycle, can they all be taken together? if yes can Maca be taken over the whole cycle? if no , which ones are not compatible?

    • Dear Celine,

      Maca and Tribulus can be taken with Vitex, Evening Primrose Oil and Ashwagandha. This is fine! General suggested use of Maca is 500-3m000mg daily through the menstrual cycle without taking a break.

  47. Please i need your help. I haven’t seen my period for like 6 months now, please can vitex work for me because i want to be pregnent please and i am from Africa Nigeria i don’t know where to get it.

    • Dear Vivian,

      Do you know what has led to your period being absent? The best first step may be to talk to a doctor, have exams and tests, to determine what might be the cause. As you make an appointment, Vitex is an herb to consider learning more about. We share more in our guide How To Get Your Period Back. I hope that guide is helpful!

  48. Hi,
    am 39 and unable to conceive due to multiple fibroids but i don’t want to go for an operation again since i had one already. currently I experience hot flashes. My cycle is irregular. The last time I had my period is 10 December 2016. I very much want to conceive. Can Vitex help to solve my problems? If yes, how can I purchase it since am in Malawi (Africa)?

    • Dear Sara,

      We have seen the power of Vitex, but it won’t be all you’ll want to learn about and consider. Uterine fibroids are estrogen-sensitive, meaning that they respond to estrogen in the same way that the lining of your uterus does – growing in response to circulating estrogen. Excess estrogen in one of the main culprits in causing not only fibroid/polyp growth, but also hormonal imbalance which then causes disordered ovulation.

      Many women live with fibroids without signs/symptoms, and many do not as I am sorry you have had to experience. Thankfully there are herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies to Vitex is known to have an effect on the hormonal feedback loop normalizing the entire menstrual cycle including ovulation. Vitex in part supports the body’s natural ability to produce luteinizing hormone (LH) which is the hormone that causes ovulation to occur Consider taking time to learn more from our guide The Best Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids…. We know that as important as taking any supplements, are dietary and lifestyle changes to reduce your exposure to excess estrogens. The guide just above shares more on this too.

      The following article may be helpful as well: http://natural-fertility-info.com/daily-tips-for-uterine-fibroids.html

      Best wishes!

  49. I have really bad PMS symptoms. One particular late night I could not sleep because my period was coming. So, I decided to research natural ways to lesson my PMS symptoms. I came across an article on Vitex and purchased a bottle the next day. I have been using it ever since. It hasn’t been a month yet, but I like it so far.

    1. Does it really matter what brand I get? I spend maybe 10 minutes in the Vitamin Shoppe trying to figure it out?
    2. How long you think it can extend the period cycle length? So far, mine is 1 day late. If it doesn’t come by tonight or tomorrow morning then that would be abnormal for me. I keep track of my period on an amazing app called “My Calendar”. Pink book icon!

    • Dear Erica,

      I am glad you like it so far!

      1. Well… your asking an herbalist who makes her own tinctures and has about 40 different/various brands in her possession ;-). What matters is that the Vitex you purchase is Vitex agnus castus berries, that there are no fillers in the capsules; tinctures are most often made with grain alcohol. We prefer herbal supplements made in small batches that are organic, but we know price can dictate the purchase (we understand). So, if you trust the quality of the brand you bought and are seeing change, then it is likely to be just fine.
      2. Some women to see cycle shifts when they first begin Vitex. The range differs really. If you actively tried to conceive, do test for pregnancy before stopping Vitex. If you did not actively try to conceive and menstruation stays absent, be sure to stay hydrated, walk daily, perhaps try Yoga or abdominal massage like Fertility Massage. Typically any shifts from Vitex work themselves out within 1-3 cycles of use.
      2.