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Vitex – The #1 Herb for Female Fertility

Vitex – The #1 Herb for Female Fertility

The whole vitex berry provides the full spectrum of beneficial vitex compounds shown to support female fertility.

The whole vitex berry provides the full spectrum of beneficial vitex compounds shown to support female fertility.

Vitex agnus-castus, also known as Vitex, chasteberry, chaste-tree berry, and/or monk’s pepper, has been used for thousands of years by herbalists, midwives, and natural healthcare practitioners to offer ease for their female clients in dealing with a myriad of hormonal issues, including those that contribute to infertility. As far back as the 1500s, reports from herbalists have read, “the seeds and leaves are good against pain and inflammations of the uterus.”

Vitex supports overall hormone balance by stimulating the pituitary gland. This action and its many uses, is why we feel Vitex is the #1 female fertility herb. Read on to learn more about its applications for use for fertility…

Traditional and Modern Uses For Vitex:

1. Acne

Common/cystic acne thought to be hormonally-induced, or caused by an over-secretion of estrogen (in both young men and women). Studies show the use of Vitex to reduce acne when combined with a clean, whole food diet.

2. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Clinical studies show relief of the following symptoms especially when they appear at the onset of menstruation.

  • emotional upset and depression
  • migraine headaches
  • skin rashes, acne, allergies
  • uterine and abdominal cramps, even muscle spasms
  • swelling (edema) of the lower legs (when the legs feel puffy)

3. Menstrual Health

Supporting menstrual health is where Vitex shines. It is traditionally used to regulate the many menstrual cycle anomalies that present themselves, which are often different from what is considered normal, or expected.

  • absent period (primary and secondary amenorrhea)
  • irregular/unusual menstruation as a result of improper function of the corpus luteum
  • painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea)
  • menstrual periods that are too close together (polymenorrhea)
  • rarely-occurring menstrual period (oligomenorrhea)
  • very weak menstrual period (hypomenorrhea)
  • very long periods with heavy bleeding (menorrhagia)
  • heavy menstrual flow that is consistent cycle to cycle (hypermenorrhea)
  • abnormal spotting between periods
  • Luteal-Phase Defect
  • may help normalize the menstrual cycle, including ovulation, after stopping the use of estrogen-containing birth-control pills

4. Breast function

  • milk production – Vitex is used historically to stimulate the amount of breast milk produced and the flow of breast milk after giving birth.
  • painful, sensitive breasts with possible swelling as a result of PMS (mastalgia, or mastodynia)
  • elevated prolactin levels associated with breast pain in the absence of pregnancy (hyperprolactinemia)

5. Pregnancy

German research shows Vitex may help prevent miscarriage (especially due to low progesterone levels) when used through the end of the third month of pregnancy.

6. Endometriosis

Vitex may help the body to correct irregular menstruation as a result of endometriosis or abnormal growth of the endometrial lining.

7. Uterine fibroids

Vitex may aid the body in reducing uterine fibroid growth in the smooth muscle or subserosal layer of the uterus.

8. Menopause

According to German research, Vitex has shown to address the hormone imbalance at its source, the anterior pituitary, which causes many menopausal women to experience any number of symptoms that range from mood changes, even depression, to hot flashes, vaginal dryness, weight gain, fatigue, and possibly even joint and muscle pain.

Healthcare providers often suggest hormone replacement therapy along with synthetic hormones to help alleviate these symptoms; however, this approach has been found to be less effective than originally thought. While Vitex will not reverse the progression into menopause, it may help with the symptoms experienced in this stage of life.

In summary, historical, modern-day use, and scientific research on Vitex, shows the effectiveness of this herb on women experiencing reproductive health issues. Through our years of work with women who have reproductive health issues, we find that Vitex is a true gem of an herb. Vitex helps to improve the quality of a woman’s life through menstrual cycle and hormone system support, making it an invaluable tool that all women should know about!


Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    I wanted to ask a question about taking certain herbs at the same time.
    I have been taking Vitex Agnus Castus daily for many months but am still having issues with major mood swings, v. dryness and libido, and so started taking Shatavari, which is also another great herb you recommend. I don’t take them at the same time, maybe an hour or two apart, but suddenly wondered if I should. Your advice would be most appreciated.

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    Hi! I’ve been taking vitex (3-400MG pills) for this past month. I am currently 16 DPO/CD 30 (my cycles are usually 26-28 days/15-16 luteal phase). I’ve read about vitex making periods extra long or how it can mess up your cycle. I think thats what happened to me. What do I do if my period remains absent? Do I keep taking to see if it will regulate over time or stop taking vitex?

    Also, during this month I received 9 positive OPK’s. Earliest one at CD13. Wondering if that is part why my period is late.

    • Dear Tina,

      If your luteal phase is regularly 15-16 days, there may be no need for concern! General suggested use of Vitex is 900-1000mg daily. So, first consider decreasing the daily dose. While Vitex can cause temporary cycle shifts as the body begins using the herbs and hormones begin adjusting, we know these to be rare and again, temporary. It is most beneficial to continue with consistent use of Vitex. Stay hydrated, eat well (lots of fiber), exercise and move regularly, and consider also fertility massage as a part of your natural fertility program.

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    Hello Hethir, thanks for sharing. Please is moringa good for fertility health? I would like to know if it is and if not, what kind of tea do I take? I am trying to conceive and I haven’t taken tea or coffee in 4 months because I was advised so by friends. But I crave tea seriously.
    Thank you.

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    thanks for all the information.
    i am wondering if you need to take all these herbs or if you choose one or two which are most importatnt?

    and also- what about dhea? if i take that do i need to take other supplements as well?

    • Dear Maya,

      Not everyone needs all the herbs we discuss or share information about. The very best way to receive a full plan – including the best herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies – designed specifically for your fertility health needs is to participate in a Fertility Consultation.

      Regarding DHEA, we feel it best to use this supplement under the supervision of your healthcare provider. The article DHEA and Your Natural Fertility will share more and why we suggest this. It alone not be all that is needed depending on the your individual fertility health needs.