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 use letrozole and then have pregynl shot can I take vitex

    • Dear Christiana,

      Combining herbs that have the potential to impact hormonal balance with medications that do the same is not suggested. Herbs that act on the hormonal system could affect how your medications are working. It is best to not mix the two.

  2. Hello,
    I started taking vitex to help with my endo systems since I am off the birth control pills. Although vitex has helped my symptoms drastically, I haven’t had my period since March 21st, 2016. I have taken a ton of Pregnancy test, all negative. I love taking vitex because my quality of life it so much better but I need to have my period/ ovulate. Should I be concerned? I know it takes a while to regulate so I’m thinking that’s what happening but 52 days and no period is longer than what I expected.

    • Hi Lisa,

      How long have you been taking Vitex and did the beginning it coincide with the absent period?

    • Started taking vitex on 3.21.16 which was the second day of my last period. No period since than.

    • Dear Lisa,

      Some women experience a shift in their cycle when they first begin using herbs that have the potential to impact hormone balance, which Vitex is one of. The length of the menstrual cycle may shorten or lengthen temporarily before it finally stabilizes. Commonly this is known as the body balancing itself out and is completely normal.

      If you have been actively trying to conceive, it would be best to test for pregnancy at some point. In the absence of pregnancy, be sure to be partaking in moderate daily exercise, using gentle abdominal massage, eating a whole food diet and staying hydrated (drinking at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water a day).

    • Thanks! At what point should I be concerned? I was taking 1200mg a day but now I have reduced it to 400mg in hopes of getting my cycle back.

    • Hello again Lisa!

      It can take several cycles of the use of Vitex for the body to respond and reap its full benefits, 3-6 months and for some women longer.

      I do understand your concern! Try to focus on modifying your diet, exercise, stress management, etc. as I shared yesterday. Also know that excess estrogen in one of the main culprits in causing endometriosis growth, but hormonal imbalance which then causes disordered ovulation and its growth outside of the uterus. Consider learning how and about dietary and lifestyle tips too via this article: http://natural-fertility-info.com/endometriosis.

      Please do also consider learning about Fertility Massage with Radiant Womb Massage Oil as a supportive natural therapy.

      I hope this too is helpful!

    • Awesome! Thanks!

  3. I have been TTC for 1 year. I have regular cycles lasting about 24-25 days. I started taking Vitex a little over a month ago 1200 mg a day plus a prenatal vitamin to help increase fertility. I’ve read several reviews about Vitex good and bad. Just trying to see if Vitex will help?

    • Hi Victoria,

      Thank you for sharing your experience thus far. Has your cycle lengthened, have you noticed any other changes? There is no real way for me to know if vitex will work for you or not.

  4. Hi, I am 42 years old and til date have been having a regular 28 day cycle. this cycle was 11 days late and as you can imagine i went through a period thinking i have been blessed with my first. To be honest, i don’t even know if i should start taking them?
    Im an only child and I never thought getting pregnant was going to be this hard.

    Can you please advise if i should or for how long in my cycle I can take the Vitex and how many times in the day. The instructions state 2 tablets twice a day each pill has 400mg so that a total of 1600mg each day. Do i take these each day or only until i ovulate. what else can i do?? feeling so desperate today 🙁

    • Hi Tabiesha,

      Thank you for reaching out to us! First, I wonder why you chose to take vitex? I don’t think vitex is the best choice for women who have regular menstrual cycles. For some women, when they first begin vitex, they may see a shift in their menstrual cycle (the timing will change), this should regulate over the first few cycles of use. The general suggested use of vitex is a max of 1200mg per day, but it is always best to follow the directions of the product you purchased. Vitex works best when taken all month long, even during menstruation.

      I am sorry you are feeling so desperate! To learn the best ways to prepare for conception over the age of 40 click here…

      All the best!

  5. I am taking Vitex along with Metformin. Is this helping or hurting my chances of getting pregnant?

    • Hi Kristen,

      There is no way I can answer that question for you. Through my research I have read that in the U.S. (not sure where you live) Metformin is often one of the first drugs prescribed to women with PCOS, but that studies show it isn’t very effective in women who do not have insulin resistance. Did your doctor test for this prior to prescribing the Metformin? Metformin decreases glucose production in the liver and helps increase glucose use by body tissues. This can be very helpful if insulin resistance is part of your health issues. Insulin resistance can make achieving pregnancy and carry to term difficult.

      Vitex supports hormonal balance overall and has been shown to help regulate the menstrual cycle in many women. Because Metform and Vitex act on different areas of the body, use of the two at the same time may be considered, but only under the guidance of a medical doctor and a qualified herbalist, so that your progress and health can be monitored.

    • Is this product best for me? i have not seen my periods for close to 3 years now. they disappeared after the birth of my first child. i have unexplained infertility. i was on Norethisterone last year and clomid but only spotted and started to gain weight so i decided to stop and try the natural herbs. i recently completed the fertility cleanse but the period has not returned. what combination do you propose i take next?

    • Hi Fungai,

      3 years is a long time to not have a menstrual cycle. It really would be best to have testing performed by your doctor, a full hormone panel, pituitary test and vitamin and mineral profile run as well, to help determine why your period has been absent for so long. Your situation is advanced and needs special care, you may want to consider booking a fertility consultation with us. We provide detailed 3-6 month natural fertility plans, based on your personal fertility and health needs. To learn more click here: http://www.naturalfertilityshop.com/Articles.asp?ID=337

      To learn the causes of amenorrhea (absent period) and what may be considered to be done naturally, please read our article here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/how-to-get-your-period-back.html

  6. Hi, i’m a bit hesitant on combining maca and vitex ,is it safe?.just finished a 3 round of clomid with no success. I haven’t done any tests to determine the cause of why we cant conceive yet. my cycles are normal and i ovulate every month and also ovulated during all cycles of clomid but no pregnancy. last year in April i fell pregnant without knowing, my arm kept hurting and the doctor said its due to stress and gave me some antibiotics which caused yeast infection and the loss of the very early pregnancy. my now doctor explained it all and gave me medications and i treated my yeast infection few months later. I really want to do natural treatment please some advice will be much appreciated

    • Hi Deborah,

      I am sorry to hear of your struggles! Vitex and Maca are safe to combine. If you are worried about combining them, learning more about each individual herb may be helpful. You could just try one or the other alone to see how your body responds. I consider Vitex a better choice for women with irregular menstrual cycles, with some anovulatory (no ovulation) cycles. I view Maca as an overall fertility booster, supporting overall general reproductive wellness.

      I think it is important to keep in mind that Clomid can help some women achieve pregnancy, but it doesn’t solve the root of the fertility problem. It may be time to get some fertility testing done, which will help you figure out what may be going on! Even if you choose to get fertility testing done, it doesn’t mean you have to do medical fertility treatments, you can still choose natural options. Knowing what is going on will help point you in the right direction in regard to which natural fertility treatments are right for you.

  7. 8 months ago I started getting red bumps around my chin area ,since I have for most part of my life had very clear skin I got a bit scared.My dermatologist ordered a blood test which showed a minor imbalance in one of my hormones my periods had become heavier also.My first gyneocologists diognosis was a cyst on my left ovary and proscribed Mercilon (I was in UK) .2nd Gynaecologist denied that diagnosis and concurred that I have a fibroid that needs to be checked annually .He said that it would be a good idea to keep using the pill as it regulates my hormones and reduces other risks.I didn’t want to continue with the pill.Now that I have stopped my skin has occasional flareups. My breasts are extremely tender also. Can Vitex help?

  8. I have been taking Agnus Castus for a month. I came off BC 14 months ago and didn’t have a period for 6 months, after which they have been irregular varying between 30-61 days. Last 3 cycles were 39, 37 & 38 days, which suggests they are regularising. Ovulation sticks last month showed I got an LH surge 13 days before period arrives which seems “normal”. But my follicular phase is too long which is frustrating when trying to conceive as we have to wait so long for my next ovulation. I’m hoping Vitex will help to shorten them next month, but is it safe to take after ov? I’ve read mixed things – some suggesting not to take after ov in case of conception as its unsafe but others saying its fine

    • Hi Natalie,

      Yes, Vitex agnus-castus is fine to take all month long. It works best when taken all month long. I hope it works for you. It does sound like your cycles are finally regulating! Great news.

  9. I started Vitex mid-cycle last cycle. I am currently 3 weeks and 4 days pregnant. How do I need to go about weaning off Vitex? My doctor has never heard of it and the advice that I received about weaning off it isn’t reassuring. I take two capsules that contain 225 MG of Chaste Berry extract and 100 MG of Chase Berry. I started taking it to support my short luteal phase.

    • Dear Lynsee,

      Congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope you are feeling well!

      Weaning off of an herb in early pregnancy can be easy! It is as simply as taking less and less each day, over a week’s time. 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. You would do this each day, dumping out a little more each day, until you are no longer taking it.

      It is especially important to seek support from an herbalist or midwife near you if you have experienced recurrent miscarriage and are taking and need to wean of herbs.

  10. I have my period every month and my cycle varies from 31-34 days (I have PCOS and I am taking Metformin). Would it beneficial if I took Vitex? I read mix reviews about Vitex and how you should ONLY take it if you have absent periods. Thanks.

    • Dear Laura,

      Fertilica Vitex has proven to be beneficial for women with menstrual cycle irregularities, anovulation and absent periods. If you are ovulating monthly and your cycle is normal for you, I am not sure Vitex is necessary. It may be best first to focus on a PCOS Diet and supporting healthy insulin levels.

  11. I’ve been taking Vitex for several months to regulate my cycle, reduce cramps, and increase fertility (TTC 2.5 years, unexplained infertility, possible mild endo). My cycle has bounced between 21 and 25 days in the past, but my most recent one was 28 days! Could the lengthening of my cycle a positive sign vis-a-vis fertility?

    • Dear Adele,

      It very well could be! A ‘textbook’ menstrual cycle is 28 days long with menstruation lasting 3-5 days. Textbook is rare, so I like to share that the usual range of a healthy cycle can be anyeher between 21 and 35 days. Experts say a luteal phase that is at least 12-14 days longs is best.

      So glad you have seen these changes!

  12. I am 41 and currently nursing a 20mo old and we have been ttc for 5months. I have a regular cycle and have been told that it would be hard to conceive while nursing. I just started taking vitex and but I am seeing that it helps with lactation but also they say don’t take it while nursing. I am confused. Will it help me conceive?

  13. I’m 31 and was on BC (depo and pills) for about 10 years. I stopped the pills in June of last year and that was my last period until my OB prescribed Provera which brought my period in February. My SO and I decided to TTC and was prescribed Clomid because of my PCOS diagnosis. I took 50mg for CD 3-7 in February and according to my temps I did not ovulate. My period never showed back up so my OB had me take 100mg of Clomid on CD 34-38. I am currently on CD 51. I have an appt with my OB on 4/11 to discuss our next step. I was thinking of taking Vitex with Myo Insitol… Should I take Provera beforehand to start my period? Should I also take Fertility Blend?

    • Dear Celia,

      It is up to you whether you take Provera before trying herbs, nutritional supplements or natural therapies. Know that how Provera brings back menstruation is essentially by tricking the body into action. Provera isn’t addressing the underlying hormonal imbalance that is causing PCOS and absent menstruation (which can be linked to PCOS).

      While Vitex and MyoInositol may be helpful, we feel it best to focus on a holistic program. The goal of our programs is to support the body in re-learning balance and/or supporting balance when fertility issues are present. The great part about herbs, supplements and natural therapies is that they often work wonders in doing this given commitment to dietary and lifestyle change is made as well. Diet is believed to be a key area of focus for women with PCOS.

      Consider learning more about a PCOS Diet and about supporting the body in re-learning balance by promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion (click the PCOS Diet hyperlink just above).

      You will read in that guide about a biphasic herbal blend for women with PCOS and a whole-food preconception multivitamin. We feel both more directly address the hormonal balance needs of women with PCOS than Fertility Blend.

      I hope this is helpful!

  14. Hi…i wanted to know if vitex can be taken along with Clomid (Clomiphene tablets)..thanks!

  15. I just Want To Ask What I Will Do To Increase My Uterin Linning& i can not understand how vitex its good but it decrease level of fsh is it mean its only for woman with high fsh cause my hormon fsh &l h is normal

  16. Hello,
    I stopped taking my birth control pill almost a year ago, I was on it for about 7 years. I have been trying to track my period since I stopped my birth control & have been having a lot of difficulty. The cycles are very irregular. I have not had a period for two months and have taken many home pregnancy tests, all negative, and had blood drawn, also negative. I met with my OBGYN and discussed my concerns and was told to wait and see if I got my period in the next two months. If not, my doctor said that she would prescribe me Progesterone to start my period. Is Vitex or Natural Progesterone a good option for me to try to start my period again? My husband and I want to start TTC.

  17. My husband and I have been TTC for about 8 months now. I was pregnant in November but miscarried in December and I suspect it was because of a luteal phase defect (I ovulate on cycle day 19 or 20 with a period starting on day 28 or 29). Since I have been tracking my ovulation (about 8 months now) I would always get a little bit of spotting on the day that I would get a peak ovulation test reading. I have been taking Vitex for 2 cycles now and since I have started taking it I did notice that I would get a peak ovulation test reading on cycle day 17 now instead of 19 but I did not get any spotting on the days that I would get my peak ovulation test reading. Is this normal with vitex?

    • Dear Heather,

      It sure sounds like Vitex is supporting hormonal balance for you – a positive shift in luteal phase length/ovulation timing and no spotting. These are all great shifts! While many women do spot when ovulation occurs, it does not have to happen.

      Luteal phase length is one of the easiest fertility issues to reverse with simple, natural diet changes and therapies. Learn more in our guide to Luteal Phase Defect: Natural Treatment Options.

      I hope you are not concerned!

  18. Hi…I wanted to know when is the best time to start vitex during the monthly cycle…thanks!

    • Dear Aditi,

      Fertilica Vitex can be started at any time during the menstrual cycle and suggested use is that it is to be taken all cycle long without taking a break.

  19. I have been happily taking Vitex for about 10 months. However, now that I’m trying to get pregnant after my husband had a vasectomy reversal, I was concerned that the bottle of vitex I had said not to consume while pregnant or trying to get pregnant, so I stopped…and now of course I’m regretting it. My periods are back to being unbearable. Are there particular brands of vitex that are safer for consumption while trying to get pregnant or is that manufacturer maybe being overly cautious? I consulted my obgyn and a fertility specialist and they both would neither recommend or discourage taking it. Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated.

    • Hi Sarah,

      It could be that the manufacturer was overly cautious as they may not want any liability regarding pregnant women’s health. That is my speculation. We work with women who are trying to get pregnant all the time, all day, every day and vitex is a huge part of that. We have not found it to be harmful for use during the time a woman is trying to get pregnant, or early pregnancy, when used correctly and under the guidance of an herbalist. We find it very helpful for many women who need hormonal support in order to achieve pregnancy. You want the product to be Chaste Berry (Vitex agnus-castus). It may be called vitex, or chaste tree berry, or chasteberry, but it should definitely be the dried berry or extract of the dried berry of this plant. It sounds like you were experiencing great results. I hope my answer helps you make the right decision.

      Best Wishes!

  20. Hello,I am 25 years old and hubby and I are ttc. I have had small ovarian cysts in the past and my cycles have been normal but for the last one year I have had amenorrhea. Tried provera but it didn’t work for me. Doctor said I’m not ovulating and my estrogen and progesterone are low and that LH was elavated and for these reasons she prescribed Prometrium and Estrays. Would Maca and Vitex be of help and can I use them when on these prescriptions?

    Thanks

  21. Thank you so much for the wonderful information!! It’s truly helpful! I was wondering if taking Vitex while on Armour thyroid is ok? Thanks so much!

    • Dear Ashley,

      It is best to discuss combining herbs with your medication with your healthcare provider or a naturopath, or an herbalist who can work one on one with you.

  22. Hi, I was on Dep (BirthControl) about 3 years and have been off a year. Me and my husband are trying to get pregnant with our first child will this help flush out the birth control and help me have my first born. Please help me….thank you

  23. Hi, I have been taking Premama Fertility Supplement which has myo-inositol for 3 weeks and it has made my menstrual cycle shorten from 38 days to 29. I just realized from my BBT that I have a 10 day luteal phase, so I want to start taking the Vitex because of its success stories, should I discontinue the other Supplement first and then take Vitex? or wait until I ovulate in 12 more days? I don’t want to take something new that’s going to interfere with my next conception as well…this is so confusing, please help me decide…thank you!

    • Dear Isabel,

      Fertilica Vitex can be combined with both folic acid and myo-inostol, the sole two ingredients in the supplement called Premama Fertility. This is just fine!

      Fertilica Vitex can be taken in preparation for conception and while trying to conceive. It is not known to interfere with conception.

      Simple diet changes and natural therapies have also been found to support healthy luteal phase length, which most experts believe to be 12 days. Learn more in our guide to Luteal Phase Defect: Natural Treatment Options.

      All my best!

  24. Hi Elizabeth
    Thanks for your article I have had ammenohera since getting off the pill for the past 2years and have 2 cycles since September 2015 by using naturopath guidance and supplements however my period still isn’t regular. We are trying to conceive and am about to start Fertility treatment but seen your advert.. I haven’t ovulated for a very long time. seen a Fertility Dr and he advises to start Ovulation induction in the next month. however would really prefer to fix it myself.. do you think Vitex can assist with this? thanks!!

    • Dear Kerryn,

      Hi!

      While we feel Fertilica Vitex an incredibly valuable female fertility herb, it truly would be best if wishing to address lack of ovulation naturally to learn the cause. Was and is it still birth control use in the past causing you not to ovulate? Is there something else causing anovulation? Here is our guide, Getting Ovulation Back on Track that shares causes of anovulation and what to consider talking to your doctor about. Once you learn the cause, there may be natural ways to support the body in relearning that it can ovulate on its own. You may also learn you have tried these natural therapies already as suggested by your naturopath and that you may want to try ovulation induction. Either way knowing the root cause will help you create the best plan for moving forward.

  25. Hi there! Thanks for providing such extensive information on Vitex. I’d like to begin taking the tincture but just had a question about dosing: Your product says to take a half hour before breakfast, mixing the product into water. Could you explain why it should be taken on an empty stomach? I’d love to know if it was possible instead to mix into a morning smoothie or cup of tea. Would this reduce its efficacy? Just thought it would be easier to incorporate into an existing morning routine than have to add another supplement to an already long list (Prenatal multi, vitamin B complex, vitamin D, Omega-3 and red raspberry leaf …)!

    • Dear Chloe,

      Often the reason that some herb and supplements are suggested to be taken on an empty stomach is that they are better able to be digested and utilized by the body when taken apart from food. Fertilica Vitex could be combined with tea prior to breakfast, but based on our research, it is best to take it first thing in the morning before eating.

  26. Hello firstly thank you for the great article. My question is pretty straightforward: can Vitex 225mg be used only a week before the start of a period each month? I took this herbal supplement the week before my period was scheduled and like clockwork akin to when I was using the birth control pill it came on the same day at the same time this month. Given the numerous articles that state that Vitex should be used consistently, will any harm be done where I believe it works best for my body post-pill as a once a week supplementary vitamin, to combat PMS symptoms and promote regularity. I currently also use Omega 3 fish oil capsules daily.

    • Dear Ashley,

      Vitex can be taken the week prior to menstruation. Our research and experience with clients is that to reap the full benefit of what Fertilica Vitex has to offer, it is best take all cycle long without taking a break for at least three months time. Vitex has proven to be quick to help with PMS, but can take some time to help the body create a normal menstrual cycle. General suggested use is also much higher than 225mg. It is 900-1000mg per day.

      Ultimately, the way Vitex is used is up to you. It could be tried as you have for a few cycles to see if you see the results you hope for before increasing the dose and frequency of use.

      Take care!

  27. Hi there, can you take vitex and use progesterone cream together? My luteal phase is too short (7-9 days) and I tried vitex for 6 months with no improvement. This past month I tried progesterone cream and although I felt better it did not lengthen my cycle. I appreciate any feedback. I am 36.

    • Dear Rhonda,

      Fertilica Vitex and Fertilica Natural Progesterone Cream can be used together. This is fine! Vitex can take time to be effective. Know the general suggested dose of 900-1000mg per day and that we have found it best to take all cycle long without taking a break.

      I am not sure how else you are supporting menstrual cycle health, but consider learning more about how diet can have an impact, about vitamin B6 and various antioxidants as well. Researching is proving these are all beneficial in lengthening the luteal phase. Our guide to Luteal Phase Defect shares more information.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. Can I mix Tribulus Terrestris with this herb?

    Thank you,
    Sarah

  36. 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?

  37. 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.

  38. 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?

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. 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!