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 Elizabeth!

    I am taking Bluebonnet Vitex at 225mg since my last cycle which is 28 November 2016. I used to take 2 per day but since December 31, 2016 I lowered it to 1 capsule per day. I’m at my Day 49 of the cycle and I still don’t have my period. No signs as I’m not having any of the cramps I used to have before my period.
    By the way, I had a miscarriage last September due to low progesterone so I am not sure if the miscarriage is the reason why I don’t have my period yet or am I taking a very low dose of Vitex? I have taken a blood test and four HPTs and all were negative.

    Thank you soooo much for your help!

    • Dear Alvie,

      I’m sorry for your loss!

      Some women do experience a shift in their cycle when they first begin using herbs that have the potential to impact hormone balance. I’m not certain about 1 1/2 months at 1/2 to 3/4 the general suggested dose would do that, but each women responds differently. Low progesterone levels could still be a factor. Have you had them tested recently?

      General suggested use of Vitex is 900-1000mg daily for a minimum of three months, often longer. It is an herb known to help the body maintain balanced progesterone levels. Consider learning more about naturally supporting progesterone levels here…

      I hope this is helpful!

    • Thank you for responding Elizabeth! Truly appreciate your help… I haven’t tested it but I went to a gyne last Sunday and without checking my hormone levels they gave me Primolut N. After researching on the medicine, I decided not to take it as most say that this kind is used to delay periods. Honestly, I think because of the Clomid and progesterone tablets my previous doctor prescribed, those made my hormones crazy!! I was totally normal before March 2016 (when I started seeing a doctor cos I wanted to get pregnant) I wish I read your blogs before I plunged with those pills!

      Anyway, I just bought the Nature’s Way Vitex so today I started taking 1300mg. I hope this will help bring AF. 🙁

    • You are welcome Alvie and doing great! Keep me posted on how things go. My best!

  2. Hello,
    I am 43, and ovulation predictor kits show an LH surge – however, I’m not producing any “egg white cervical mucous” at all since about August. Any chance that Vitex might help with that? I know I’m pretty old to try to conceive, but we are giving it a shot… I haven’t had any hormone testing done, so am just winging it here.
    thanks for any input!

    • Dear Eva,

      Vitex is known to support the body in having a balanced, regular menstrual cycle. Should yours be irregular, it would be an herb to learn more about. For healthy cervical mucus production we look more toward, diet and lifestyle (exercise or fertility massage for adequate circulation), in addition to nutritional supplements. Learn more from our guide Increase Cervical Mucous To Get Pregnant.

      I hope this is helpful! P.s. 43 is not too old! It’s actually more of the “norm”, so keep trying!

  3. Hello,

    I am currently trying to figure out how to help myself. I have had an irregular period since my teenage years. My doctor at the time put me on birth control pills. I was on them for over 10 years. Now, my husband and I are wanting to start our family. My doctor did a blood test which told us that my progesterone levels are low (about 1). In doing my own research and tracking my cycle, I have found that my body is not ovulating completely. Is this caused because of my progesterone level or vice versa? Would Vitex help solve this problem? I am getting tired of doctors who don’t really listen to me and don’t help me understand my own health.

    • Dear Emily,

      I’m glad you’ve found our site. We are here to educate and empower you!

      There is a series of hormonal events that needs to happen in order to have a healthy menstrual cycle including spontaneous ovulation. Progesterone is certainly involved in that series. In short, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) produced by the pituitary gland encourage ovulation by stimulating the ovaries to produce progesterone (and estrogen). Progesterone is then continually produced by the corpus luteum at ovulation (remaining egg sac after ovulation) to prepare the uterus for implantation. If ovulation is not happening, not much progesterone is being produced.

      Two natural ways to support healthy progesterone levels are progesterone supplementation with natural progesterone cream and Vitex or Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex agnus-castus). 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.

      So, consider learning more about Vitex and progesterone cream, as well as Getting Ovulation Back on Track.

      I hope this is helpful!

  4. Hi Elizabeth,

    I was wondering, on a couple of german sites (I am from Germany) it says that you shouldn’t have a dose bigger than 40mg daily. Also all the products sold in pharmacies all only have 4mg in them. I want to start taking vitex because i think that I have a cyst in my ovary again, because I have bad cramps when I am menstruating and because my period is so unregular. I am very confused about the right dose now though and why german doctors recommend a way different dose than american doctors….

    Thank you so much!!

    • Dear Valerie,

      To be honest, I am not sure why German doctors suggested a much lower dose that we and the herbalists/doctors we study do. I know there is skepticism in general in Germany about the efficacy of herbs (by some, not all). Our general suggested use is based on our research and modern-day and traditional use of herbs by practicing herbalists and natural healthcare providers.

      Bad cramps when menstruating and irregular cycles don’t immediately indicate ovarian cysts to me. That said, Vitex may be useful either way. Consider also the tips we offer in our guide 12 Weeks to Improving Your Period.

      If you learn you do have an ovarian cyst (your doctor can help you know this), there are other tips to consider in our guide How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally and Safely with Herbs and Supplements…

      I hope this is all helpful!

  5. Hello Elizabeth
    my blood results for day 3 show my fsh levels at 25.16 and estradiol at 45.8. i’m currently taking vitex 800mg, maca 500mg and nhp fertility plus prenatal vitamin. these seem to work a scan on day 12 shows i have 2 follicles one at 16mm and the other 13.5mm. last month I had chemical pregnancy i was only taking vitex and different prenatal vitamin. I was taking vitex right through to i got BFP. now I would like to stop vitex at ovulation and continue with Maca. well stopping vitex after ovulation cause a shift in hormones and cause miscarriage if pregnant? also is maca save to take after BFP? I’m really confuses and need help dr tell me only hope is donor eggs
    Thanks

    • Hello Emetebure!

      It is not necessary to stop the use of Vitex. It is an herb that can be taken while actively trying to conceive. In fact, if taking it while actively trying to conceive, it is best to continue and then wean off in early pregnancy. In early pregnancy your doctor, herbalist or midwife can measure your progesterone levels to determine if you need continued support with that.

      Regarding Maca, we can not suggest its use in pregnancy, but we know many have and do. It’s a staple food in Peru and many cultures. So, we have to suggest you continue your research to know if it’s right for you. Consider also working with an herbalist or midwife in pregnancy.

  6. Hi Willett, I am Varalakshmi and 31 yr old. i got married 3.6 yrs back and i am trying for pregancy seriously from past 1.6 yr but unfortunately did not worked. 6 months back went to fertility consultant and Dr said i have poor egg growth(Overy problem) and suggested IVF. I am not interested on this. I found my FSH level is 24 which is abnormal and other parameters are normal. I ma vegetarian and my diet also poor. I am looking natural solution for my problem. Can you help me.

    • Hello Varalakshmi!

      I am sorry to hear of the challenges you are faced with. Was your doctor able to determine what caused the ovary problem? Is it that they are low functioning or did they develop improperly from birth.

      Perhaps the very first step to improving fertility health would be to begin to make dietary changes. We know diet to be key to optimal fertility. We explain The Fertility Diet here… and this additional guide,
      Nutrient Dense Fertility Diet for Vegetarians, will helps with tips for getting enough of certain nutrients from plants as a vegetarian.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      My Right Ovary Size is measured 2.0*2.0*1.6 Cm and Left Ovary Size is 2.7*1.4*1.5 Cm as per Report and also my AMH level is 1.3 ng/ml.

      I will reply to your queries as soon as possible and i would like to know what diet & Exercise should be followed to decrease my FSH level and increase AMH level in order to increase my fertility

    • Hello again Varalakshmi!

      It will help to understand why the ovary is smaller and if this is why FSH and AMH levels are not optimal. The guides I liked you to previously thoroughly explains the diet we suggest and speak some to exercise. Fertility Massage, yoga and a daily brisk walk are all wonderful exercises. I hope you find the guides helpful!

  7. Hi, Im currently using Vitex by Natures answer 2000 mg in 30 ml alcohol free. Im confused by the dosing. The label says to take 1-2 ml or 28 – 56 drops 3 x daily with water. That seems like a lot! Can you help me to understand what is the optimal amount of this liquid form to take, and what is that roughly equivalent to in the capsule form?

    • Dear Windy,

      In this product, 2ml which is approximately 56 drops offers 2,000mg of Vitex. The suggested use means you can take 1 ml or 28 drops (1000mg Vitex) 3 times a day, or 2ml or 56 drops (2000mg Vitex) 3 times each day. This would mean you’d take total each day, either 3ml or 84 drops for 3000mg, or 6ml or 168 drops for 6000mg. Each suggestion is more than the general suggested use of Vitex, which is 900-1000mg per day.

      Our suggested use could be considered (it would make this product last longer for you), or reach out to the makers of this product to ask their reasoning for the suggested use.

      The measurement “milligrams (mg)” denotes dry weight as opposed to liquid weight, so I can’t give you an equivalent really. It is rare to see a measurement in “mg” in a liquid herbal extract.

    • Thank you so very much for the thorough response! So, like a miracle in the last two days I have had a positive pregnancy test!! So happy, and I know that Vitex really seems to work:) However, I also had my TSH level checked for thyroid function, and at a level of 3.5 I fear Im in the danger zone for a healthy first trimester. I will see a gynecologist tomorrow, but I wonder if they do prescribe me something like Synthroid, can I simultaneously continue with the vitex safely, or is it necessary to end the vitex use first? And if so, how gradually to go off the Vitex if I had only been taking 60 drops 1x per day? (I currently live in E. Europe and the Doctors are a bit “traditional”:)

    • Dear Windy,

      That is such wonderful news! I suspect you’ve seen the doctor and hope he/she is aware you are also taking Vitex. It is best to tell them all that you are taking regardless of their views. I want all women to feel empowered to confidently explain the reasons they chose to use natural therapies! That said, Vitex is best weaned off of in early pregnancy unless your herbalist, midwife or healthcare provider advises otherwise. We share more in our guide titled The Safe Way to Discontinue Herbs in Pregnancy.

      Again, Congratulations!!!

  8. I was diagnosed as having PCOS. I had 3 inseminations with Aikklomin plus another insemination with Gonal F900. In addition , in the last 5 months I take Vitex Chasteberry, . Today I got another product called: Vitex Femaprin. I wanted to ask : 1) Is there anything else can u recommend taking? 2) Are these natural supplements that I take can be harmful? Is it ok to keep taking them? (Don’t forget I׳m treated with injections of Gonal-F) 3) Can I also take the Femaprin Vitex with the other things I take? 4) Are all the treatments I went through until now ok? When should i move forward to IVF? i appreciate your answer

    • Dear Morgan,

      We can not suggest Chastetree berry (Vitex) and Femaprin with Gonal-F injections. You would want to talk to your doctor about combining them. Herbs that act on the hormonal system could affect how your medications are working. It is best to not mix the two.

      I am sorry that I do not know enough about you to answer many of your questions. I am not sure when it would be appropriate to try IVF.

      Perhaps our service, Fertility Consultations, would be worth considering. It seems like a really good fit for you and would let you share in detail your story. If you are interested, let me know and I will get you all the information about the program.

  9. Hello and thanks for the comprehensive information. Can you please comment on the strength/efficacy of capsules vs tincture for instance?

    • Hello Michelle!

      There are certainly pros and some cons (only a few really) of each form. While effectiveness is near equal in both forma and often strength in terms of mg one gets per serving can be similar, there are Benefits of Liquid Herbal Extracts. Herbal extracts do often contain alcohol, which for some isn’t desired for many reasons, and require you taste them (some herbs can taste interesting, I’ll say), but they are often a bit faster acting.

      I hope this helps you choose the best form for you.

  10. Hello, I got pregnant whitin two weeks on June 2014 after stopping BC. I Delivered March 2015& started taking OCP (Sprintec) at the beginning of this year I started feeling depressed so in June 2016 I was put on anti-depressants. I kept going back to my PCP because mentally I was feeling better but physically y was so drained. I started losing hair & I was always really fatigued. Finally in August they order blood work and everything seemed normal, just this month I did blood work again and my TSH dropped. my LH,FSH, DHEA and progesteron and estradiol are abnormal.I did an MRI of Pituitary gland and is still normal. anti – dep & BC has been suspended.Can it be perimenopause? can I get preg?

    • Dear Lily,

      This is a better discussion to have with your doctor. Perhaps hormone levels are in great flux now because the medication has been stopped and they are trying to balance. Have you asked if the test results are a result of doing stopping the medication?

  11. Hello,
    I recently started taking vitex to help regulate my cycle as I have been TTC for 6 months after a MC in June. I have been using ovulation test strips the last couple months and just newly started taking my BBT as well. I am curious if taking vitex has been known for interfering with the results of the ovulation strips at all, creating a positive LH surge results? From what I read it doesn’t seem like it should, but that it helps the cycle along which in turn eventually would produce a positive LH surge result, but curious if you have any additional insight. Thank you

    • Dear Jennifer,

      No, Vitex isn’t known to interfere with OPKs results, Vitex works to balance fertility hormones so the hormonal events of the menstrual cycle happen on their own, e.g normalizing progesterone levels by increasing the production of luteinizing hormone (LH), the hormone that initiates ovulation. Vitex has the amazing ability to do this without containing hormones itself.

      While Vitex can have effects within a few weeks of beginning to take it, it often takes 3-6 months to see full benefits. Depending one how long you’ve been taking it and how much daily, perhaps if you’re already seeing a shift, the body is already responding (which is great!).

  12. Hill, I’very been trying to conceived for about 16 years, Dr. Says that theproblem is that there’s no ovulation. I did take some medication for that sadly nothing have worked. At this point I’m giving up. But I came across with your page. Do you think this would work for me? By the way I’m 36. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks you for your time.

    • Dear Chen,

      I’m sorry to hear of this challenge! Has your doctor explained why you aren’t ovulating? Is it ovarian health, or hormonal imbalance? Have you not ovulated the whole time you have been trying to conceive, or did ovulation stop recently? Do you have a regular menstrual cycle?

      It would be helpful to learn more about you in order to guide you further. In the meantime, the information in our guide Getting Ovulation Back on Track may be helpful.

  13. I had low estradiol levels since I was 34. My other hormones were good at the time. I tried homeopathic treatment, Maca, and for the past year I took Vitex drops.
    Two months after I stopped taking vitex my FSH is 11.3, AMH is 6pmol/L, progesteron 9nmol/L and estradiol 132 pmol/L.
    My doctor says I might have Premature ovarian failure. I am 39 now.
    My FSH was 8.2IU/L and estradiol 33pg/ml in March 2016.
    I am starting acupuncture in a month. I don’t know if vitex would help if I continued it.
    Is there a way to prevent POF? What can I do? Is there a natural way to bring my hormones to normal or POF is inevitable? I never had children and didn’t have pregnancies.
    Thanks

    • Dear Nikki,

      Our guide a href=”http://natural-fertility-info.com/premature-ovarian-failure.html”>Understanding Premature Ovarian Failure shares about why premature ovarian hypofunction happens and natural therapies to consider to support the health of the remaining eggs the ovaries hold. The effectiveness of natural therapies alone at supporting ovarian function depends on the cause of POF. What is positive if that women with POF can have irregular or occasional periods for years and still become pregnant. That said, it is helpful to know the cause of POF to best determine how to approach it.

      I hope this is helpful!

  14. I would like to find out where I can buy Vitex im currently in Namibia

  15. hello Elizabeth
    I believe I’ve had a chemical pregnancy. Friday 3 positive hpt and negative on Saturday i’ve not started to bleed yet and my period is 6 days late. i would really like to kick start my period. would vitex work or should i take dong quai.

    Thanks

    • Dear Emetebure,

      It would be best to check in with your healthcare provider first to know for sure. Herbs are not generally suggested to start menstruation while miscarriage is happening, or before it starts. I can not suggest them to be used in this way.

      After miscarriage here are 5 Steps To Recovery you may find helpful.

      I hope you are able to find a practitioner to work with! All my best!

  16. Hi, I’m 38 and have been ttc for 2 years. My doc said I have PCOS and wanted me to take metformin and provera. But I would like to try naturally. I have regular cycles and my period lasts for 2-3 days, 2.5 days average. I do seem to have LP defect as I start spotting early on.

    My vitex shipment arrived today, need help in understanding how to take the doses. Should I take it in the morning or evening, or both times, and with or without food. I also started using FertileBalance progesterone cream since last month, so should I stop Vitex after ovulation and just use the cream? Thanks for your advice.

  17. Hello Elizabeth,

    thanks for replying to my previous comment. need some more advice my period is late I’ve taken 2 HPT one had a very faint positive and the other was negative. I’ve also taken OPK which came out positive. the control line was actually very dark more darker than the test line. is it possible agnus caster has made my cycle late? I’m on day 31 of my cycle . could it also make me ovulate twice in a cycle?

    • Hello again Emetebure!

      You’re welcome for the reply! Vitex agnus castus can cause temporary cycle shifts. Typically we see this happen in the first month to three months of use before the body shows a regular cycle. Vitex is not known to cause ovulation twice, or at the end of a menstrual cycle though. If you actively tried to conceive this cycle, it would be best to wait a few days to test again before beginning anything new. Vitex can be continued and if you learn you are pregnant, weaned off of. My team or I can guide you if need be.

  18. Hello Elizabeth ,

    I’m 38 and have regular cycles and ovulate every month my cycle length is 28-31. I’ve had a total of 5 early miscarriages, I do have 7 year old son .

    i’ve had a scan that showed I only ovulate on my left ovary and i only produce 1 follicle and none on my right ovary. I’m currently taking pregnancare conception and Vitex 400mg every morning.

    Do you think vitex could help me produce more follicles? also should I up my dosage?

    I did notice a difference last month when I ovulated, I had strong ovulation pains and I ovulated on day 14 instead of day 16-17

    • Dear Emetebure,

      I am sorry to hear of your losses, but so thankful your new program has proven helpful already. That is great!

      Vitex has undergone numerous studies that have shown its ability to help restore normal progesterone levels by increasing the production of luteinizing hormone (LH), the hormone that initiates ovulation (which in turn increases progesterone production). The goal is to help the ovaries function optimally on their own and perhaps mature more than one follicle, but for most women only one will “ovulate” monthly.

      General suggested dose is 900-1000mg daily while actively trying to conceive, so increasing the dose could be considered. If you actively tried to conceive this cycle, Vitex is best weaned off of in pregnancy with the support of a midwife, herbalist or natural healthcare provider near you.

      Best wishes!

  19. Vitex gave me dizziness and headache. Also made my cycle longer (I went from 25-28 to 31 and now 33 days long and still waiting) I have been taking it for 2 month. I decided to stop Today.
    Any advice on it?

    • Dear Lore,

      I’m sorry to hear this! Did you actively try to conceive this cycle? If so, it would be best to test for pregnancy before moving forward with any new natural therapies.

      While side effects with Vitex are rare, they can happen. We know Vitex may not be right for everyone. If you feel strongly about its benefits and needing them, one option would be to consider starting again at a lower dose (if not pregnant). I’m not certain how much you were taking or when. It could also be taken with food if you think that may help.

      If you aren’t sure you want to try it again, but still want/need to support menstrual cycle or fertility health, 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 through a Fertility Consultation.

      Best wishes!

  20. Hello! I had found out on November 11 that I was pregnant and a week later on the 17th of November I had a miscarriage. The doctors said it was because my progesterone levels were low. The same thing happened to me about 2 years ago. I was reading this article and was wondering if I am a good candidate for this. I made an appointment with a fertility doctor, but they do not cover under my insurance and I do not have the funds to pay for that at the moment. Is this safe? Will I be able to keep a pregnancy if I take this?

  21. Hi!

    I am currenlty almost 5 weeks pregnant. My question is, if I forget to take my dosage in the morning, is it okay to take in the afternoon? Or is it better to wait till the following morning?

    • Dear Joely,

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

      We do highly suggest that if choosing to use herbs in pregnancy, that you work with an herbalist near you or a midwife.

      I know your comment was from yesterday, so whatever you chose to do should be fine. In the future, if you need and are guided in continuing Vitex, it is fine to take a dose in the afternoon.

      If interested, we offer a wealth of Pregnancy Health information here…

  22. Hi dear, How can I get Vitex? Desperate, Linda

  23. Hi.
    My name is mary i and My husband have been trying to get pregnant in vain. i am 48 years . To day i read about the use of VITEX. Can i access these capsules in Uganda. Please help iam ready for anything if it means getting pregnant. Heifer international have offices in uganda can they be of help please. Thank you
    Regards
    Mary.

    • Dear Mary,

      Have you worked with a medical doctor or reproductive specialist to understand what is preventing conception for your and your husband? Do either of you have fertility health issues?

      While Vitex is a valuable female fertility health herb, it may not alone be all that needs to be considered. Do you still have a menstrual cycle (regular monthly period and ovulation)? This will be a factor in the effectiveness of Vitex at at 48 as well. We share this here under the heading Does Vitex Work for Everyone?. Vitex cannot reverse the aging process is menstruation and ovulation have stopped due to the natural aging process.

      So, perhaps thinking about these things will help you best move forward.
      If you are interested in Fertilica Vitex as a part of your natural fertility program, it can be shipped from the Natural Fertility Shop to Uganda. I am not certain Heifer International would be able to help, but you’d need to reach out the them.

  24. Hi Elizabeth
    I’ve got one 4yr old son but since then I’ve had 3 MC in the last 2 years – at 5, 8 and 12 wks. The last one (Aug this year) meant I was sent for tests and I have Factor v Leddin. ~Although my hormone levels tested as normal, I have many symptoms of high eostrogen/low progesterone. We are trying again but I was wondering if you think that Vitex and Wobenzym N woudld help me at all – in your opinion? Ever since I had my little boy, I’ve been saying that I just feel that something isn’t right. I also get welt like itchy rashes and very dry skin ever since too. The 3rd MC, I had a scan at 7wks which showed all as fine. Any advice gratefully received. Thanks so much, Liz

  25. Hi, I’m 28 years old, single female who was diagnosed with PCOS recently. I was told that I have to start dieting, and workout more. I did some research if vitamins would help. Came up with a list of NAC, Saw Palmetto, MSM, Fish oil, D3 & a multivitamin. Would taking Vitex help?

    • Dear Mary,

      I’m pleased to hear diet and lifestyle were a starting point. We feel and have seen women successfully support their bodies in dealing with PCOS when these areas are the focus. Consider to tips we offer in our guide How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs. We also know that when diet and lifestyle are optimal, herbs and supplements like NAC, Saw Palmetto, MSM and Vitex can be more effective. The guide I linked you to above will speak about Vitex more in order to help you decide if it’s right for you.

  26. I’m 39 and TTC. I have normal length cycles and periods and usually menstruate for 3-4 days. I’m on my first month of taking Vitex (1,000mg/day). I tested 6 days in a row for OPK this month and never got a positive one but my temps indicated that I did O on day 14. I then got my period 6 days early although my temps remained in the higher level and am now on day 5 of bleeding. I’m reading conflicting things online and wondering if I should stop taking vitex or stick it out?

    • Dear Stephanie,

      While I can’t tell you to stop or stick with Vitex, if you feel it best suits your needs, consider sticking with it. Vitex is best taken all cycle long without taking a break and can, for some women, cause temporary cycle shifts when it is first started. We see this as the body showing your its responding to the herb’s actions and also see these sorts of shifts work themselves out within 1-3 cycles of use.

      I hope this helps you decide what’s best for you!

  27. Hello! I have seen conflicting information online – should you stop taking Vitex during your period?

    • Dear Kim,

      Based on our research and use of Fertilica Vitex with clients, we feel that Vitex is most effective taken all cycle long without taking a break, even during menstruation.

  28. hie.

    please please help, im 32 been married for 8 years, diagnosed with POF, very small ovaries and an elevated FSH (above 60), Now we really seek medical intervention so as to concieve with my own eggs (doc said my follicles are 2mm) have been searching through the internet and saw success story of another lady who used MACA and VITEX and were successfull in cocieving. im thinking to give it a try as well. what can i do to purchase them and wht amounts to take daily?

    please help.

  29. Hi, I’m 28yrs and I’m trying to get pregnant for 10months. After a conversation with my Naturopathy doctor, I started using this week a several supplements as Vitex (400mg – 2 per day), EPO (1000mg just the days 15 to 28 during cycle), Indole 3-carbinol (2 per day), multi-vitamins, and other immune support capsules. I have a history of a Leep few months ago and a cysts on my ovaries, but in general my health is ok. I just a little worried about what can cause a delay in to get pregnant. Do you think is correct the way I taking the supplements? I appreciate all your help.

  30. Hello,
    I was diagnosed with PCOS as a young teen with abnormal periods. I started taking Vitex 400mg since last June 2016. In the beginning I was taking one capsule three times a day. After the first three months I started taking it twice a day. I took it everyday and had a normal period this past August and September but not in October. They were normal periods but my September period was a week late. What dosage do you suggest? I want to conceive in a few years so I need some desperate advice.

    Thanks!

    • Dear Raven,

      Can you share what “normal” was like and then how it differed in October? General suggested use of Vitex is 900-1,000mg daily each day of the menstrual cycle. That said, we know there are other herbs that work synergistically with Vitex to support the body trying to achieve hormonal balance with PCOS. Diet is key as well. In fact many healthcare providers believe that many women reverse PCOS by making dietary and lifestyle changes. So, that said, consider learning about a PCOS Fertility Diet and those other herbs here…

      I hope this is helpful!

    • Thanks for the response. I actually do exercise 3 times a day and I changed my eating habits almost 2 years ago. A normal period for me would last no longer than 5-6 days. My periods in the past were very painful with bloating, intense cramping, and heavy bleeding. My last period was 9/6/2016 but so far no luck with one in October. Any other herbs to take with Vitex I am willing to look into and try.

      Thanks again!

    • Dear Raven,

      What exercise do you do 3 times a day? Was this a recent switch? Have you recently lost weight? I think that guide I linked you to will be best in terms of helping you learn about herbs that can be considered along with Vitex.

    • I do up to 4 mile cardio work out 3 times a week added with a light weight workout and I use the medicine ball for my core abs workout. Yes, I have lost weight. Before changing my lifestyle I was 215 pounds and now I am currently weighing at 185. My eating habits have changed over 2 years now and the steady workout for over one year. My concern is starting back up with school while working full time so I will have to keep the eating habits strong and the I will only be able to workout 3 times every 2 weeks. I go to work and school full time and have clinicals every other weekend. I know stress is not healthy so I am just taking it one day at a time.

    • Good for you Raven!

      This workout may be considered a bit intense, and it along with weight loss could be why menstruation is changing. I guess I can not know, but can help you learn if it may be at play. Too much exercise can cause hormonal imbalance. It is also a good thing to eat healthy fasts (nuts, seeds, avocado, wild Salmon, coconut oil) for healthy hormone production. Take a look at the healthy fats you eat and if you don’t, consider adding some of them.

      Then, trust your body and tell yourself you are doing great. Expect periodic temporary shifts as your work/school load shifts and if times get a bit stressful! You’re doing great!

  31. Thank you very much for your support Elizabeth! It was very helpful.
    All the best to you too.

  32. Hi. I need advice on how to wean off Vitex. I am 7 weeks pregnant and have been taking 15 drops of Chastree berry tincture every morning since one month before I conceived. I have had two miscarriages before. And now, I am worried about stopping it and also worried about continuing taking it. My miscarriages were both around my 5th week. So I”m finally the furthest I’ve been. How do I wean it off? Should I get tested before doing so? I would aprpreciate some advice, Thank you very much. Bruna.

    • Congratulations Bruna! What wonderful news!

      Now is the time to find a natural healthcare practitioner, herbalist or midwife near you to work with (if you have not already). They are best able to help you know if testing is appropriate. If past miscarriages were due to low progesterone, then certainly do talk about testing progesterone levels before weaning off of Vitex

      If using herbs to try to prevent miscarriage, the general approach is to continue your program until at least 2 weeks past the last weeks’ gestation of the previous miscarriage. Then at that point the daily dose can be decreased over a week’s time. One way could be to take decrease the dose by two drops daily for 7 days. German research shows Vitex can be taken safely through the end of the third month of pregnancy and may help prevent miscarriage, so do seek an herbal practitioner,or someone to work with who can monitor your herbal program.

      My best!

  33. Hi Elizabeth,
    Please suggest me.I am 40 years old and trying for baby. I have ivf treatment in January.i had some blood test my FSH is 9 and AMH 4.9. I had already IVf treatment but my egg quilty was not good.i want to increase my egg quilty and balance my hormones. I have 26 days cycle but during periods i have only spoting for 3days. I am taking vitex20mg per day, Omega 3 fish oil 1000mg,preconception vitmins.So i want to regular my periods and want to conceive naturally . I have read about vitex should take 800 mg.please help me how much i sholud take on daily. i got from “primehealth”.each tablet vitex 20mg.waiting your reply.
    Kind Regards

    • Hello Mrs. Kahn!

      At 40 menstrual cycles can naturally begin to change/shift. This is very normal actually. Vitex can support the body in maintaining this “new normal” and may help the length of the cycle balance out, but is not likely to cause the cycle to return to what it was in your 30s. General suggested use of Vitex is 900-1,000mg daily. So, increasing the dose you take may show you better results. Vitex is also able to have the greatest impact on hormonal balance when diet and lifestyle are optimal (when eating a whole food diet like the Fertility Diet, exercising daily, managing weight and stress levels, etc.).

      All that said, along with Vitex, an omega-3 supplement and multivitamin, consider learning the tips and about the supplements suggested in our guide to How to Increase Your Egg Health in 90 Days. There are also helpful tips in our guide to Preparing for Conception Over 40.

      I hope this is helpful!