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Vitex… Fertility Super Herb?

Vitex… Fertility Super Herb?

Article Overview

Vitex is a beautiful shrub native to Greece and Italy whose berries have been used in herbal medicine for centuries. It is considered one of the most popular herbs in Europe and other Western nations for the support of gynecological imbalances.

Modern clinical research and traditional use of Vitex have shown its amazing ability to help balance fertility hormones. Since Vitex does not contain hormones, it has a supportive, gentle and non direct action on the body. Vitex is one of the most useful fertility herbs available to us.

How Vitex Works

Our current understanding of Vitex is that it has a supporting and regulating effect upon the pituitary gland. The pituitary is known as the “master gland” because it controls many vital bodily functions such as sending chemical signals to the ovaries, telling them how much hormones to make. This communication is known as the hormonal feedback loop.

Vitex has been shown in studies to:

Vitex is one of the best fertility herbs available to us when it comes to balancing hormones and regulating the menstrual cycle.

Inhibit follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH): Vitex increases the secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH), which in turn increases progesterone.

Lengthens a short luteal phase: Studies have shown Vitex to be effective at lengthening the luteal phase. While it does not contain any hormones itself, it does help the body to increase its own production of luteinizing hormone (promoting ovulation to occur), which in turns boosts progesterone levels during the luteal phase of the cycle.

Increased progesterone levels: Vitex has been shown to stimulate the formation of the corpus luteum. The corpus luteum is responsible for the secretion of progesterone. In a study of 45 women, 86% responded positively with normalized or significantly improved progesterone levels.

Reduces advancement of mild endometriosis: Vitex is used in Germany by gynecologists to treat mild endometriosis and prevent it from advancing.

May help prevent miscarriage: Vitex has a beneficial impact on progesterone levels. If miscarriages are due to low progesterone, Vitex may help to normalize or increase progesterone levels. Vitex may be considered safe to use during pregnancy, but make sure to consult with a healthcare practitioner when using this herb during pregnancy. Also make sure to read our ‘Use During Pregnancy’ section below.

Relieves PMS: Clinical research has shown that Vitex may be very beneficial for PMS symptoms, especially depression, headaches, rashes, acne, allergies and sensitivity of the breasts. In one study improvement of PMS by the first month was experienced by 32% of the women. By the third month 84% of the women experienced improvement of their PMS.

Lack of menstruation (amenorrhea): In a study of 15 women with amenorrhea, 65% had resumed a menstrual cycle by the sixth month of use. Progesterone levels also increased.

Irregular menstruation: Vitex has been shown to help balance both an absent menstrual cycle as well as aid a menstrual cycle that is heavy or too frequent.

Uterine cysts: Vitex has been found to be helpful at reducing cysts that are growing within the smooth muscle layer of the uterus.

Stabilization of menstruation after stopping birth-control pills: After discontinuing estrogen-containing birth control pills, Vitex taken for several months has been shown to help stabilize the cycle and induce ovulation more quickly.

Helps stimulate milk production in new mothers: For over 2,000 years Vitex has been used to help stimulate mother’s milk. Begin using Vitex right after birth and continue for 10 days or more as needed.

Acne: Several studies have shown an improvement in the skin with the use of Vitex. Along with appropriate diet changes Vitex may help acne.

Most hormone related issues that disappear once pregnancy begins and then return after breastfeeding ends can be supported by the use of Vitex.

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How to Use Vitex

For optimal results Vitex should be taken long-term. Clinical research shows that Vitex may start working within 10 days, but full benefits may not be experienced until 6 months or longer. For PMS, results are normally seen by the second menstrual cycle, but for lasting changes it may need to be taken for up to a year or more depending on how long the imbalance has been present.

Vitex is making fundamental changes in the delicate chemistry of the body, this is why it takes some time to have an effect. Since Vitex is a harmonizing and nourishing herb, it works behind the scenes to restore balance in a gentle way. Unlike a refined synthetic drug which forces the body to change, Vitex works to nourish and support the system bringing about long term balance.

Vitex Use & Dosage
Vitex is generally suggested to be taken once a day in the morning on an empty stomach (half an hour before breakfast). If Vitex is being used as part of an herbal blend containing other herbs, use as directed on the bottle. Vitex should be used all month long without a break.

  • Capsules: 900-1,000mg a day
  • Tincture: 60-90 drops a day

Which is the best Vitex to take?
Vitex comes in many forms, loose herbs, capsules, tea, tincture and powder. We find that capsules and tincture offer the most consistent results since it is easier to control the dosage. Many of the compounds needed from Vitex are easily extracted in alcohol (tincture) versus water (tea). Vitex is very strong tasting, almost bitter, so I would not suggest making a tea unless you blend other herbs with it, that is one reason capsules are so convenient.

Does Vitex Work for Everyone?

Vitex generally works for most adult women in their childbearing years (from age 18-perimenopause), but there are some cases where it may have no effect.

Women who have less than ideal lifestyle habits will probably not experience the full effects of Vitex. For those who have low energy reserves, weak immune systems, eat mostly processed foods, have been on antibiotics or steroids for a while – changes in diet and lifestyle are necessary prior to beginning the use of Vitex. Without making these changes in addition to using Vitex, you may not experience results.

Perimenopause is the time leading up to menopause. Perimenopause typically begins at the age of 40. As perimenopause progresses toward menopause, it is normal for menstrual cycles to become irregular and for hormone levels to fluctuate. As ovarian reserve diminishes and egg health declines, FSH levels may rise. For some women Vitex may be helpful in maintaining regular cycles and lowering higher FSH levels, but Vitex cannot reverse the aging process. It may or may not be effective for women in perimenopause, each woman is different. Vitex cannot bring back the menstrual cycle in women who have gone through menopause.

Safety & Side Effects

Vitex has been used for over 2,000 years with no significant side-effects reported. Some minor and infrequent side-effects (1-2% of users may experience) have been nausea, gastrointestinal upset, skin reactions, and headache. Women with a history of depression taking Vitex for menstrual irregularity may experience an exacerbation of depressive symptoms.

Even though it has been shown to have no interference with oral contraceptives (birth control), due to limited research, Vitex should not be used in conjunction with prescription medications that contain hormones in case it may interfere with their activity.

Some women do experience a shift in their cycle when they first begin using Vitex. The length of the menstrual cycle may shorten or lengthen temporarily before it finally stabilizes. This is just the body balancing itself out and is completely normal.

Safety ratings

  • German Commission E has approved the use of Vitex for menstrual cycle irregularities, premenstrual disturbances, and mastodynia.
  • The Botanical Safety Handbook has categorized Vitex as a class 1 herb. Class 1 herbs are herbs that can be safely consumed when used appropriately.

Vitex use During Pregnancy

It is believed that Vitex’s ability to increase progesterone levels has explained the positive results seen by herbalists and midwives who used it to help prevent recurrent miscarriages in women. No studies on humans have been done yet supporting this, only traditional use. There have been reproductive toxicology studies with female rats where they were given up to 80 times the concentrated used clinically in humans, showing no difference in offspring compared with the rats given none.

German research shows Vitex can be taken safely through the end of the third month of pregnancy and may help prevent miscarriage. Vitex is still considered safe to take after the third month, but it is thought that it may stimulate lactation too early, so for this reason it is suggested to not continue after the third month of pregnancy. Also, during the third month of pregnancy the placenta takes over progesterone production, so Vitex most likely won’t be needed.

If you are deciding to use Vitex during pregnancy, we suggest you consult with an herbalist or midwife for guidance and supervision.

Summary

Vitex is a fantastic herb for fertility, helping with a range of issues such as PMS, low progesterone, lack of ovulation, irregular menstrual cycles, lack of a menstrual cycle, acne and so much more. Vitex offers many benefits but requires patience and consistency of use. I find that it works best when used all month long and taken as one dose in the morning on an empty stomach.

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References

  • Hobbs, Christopher, L.Ac. (2003). Vitex, The Women’s Herb. Summertown, Tennessee: Healthy Living Publications.
  • Romm, Aviva. (2010). Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. St. Louis Missouri: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Mills, S. & Bone, K. (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 am 32 and started taking Chastberry extract/Vitex last cycle – I am on my second cycle taking it. I have been TTC for 11 months. I had a chemical pregnancy on my 2nd month trying. I didn’t start using OPKs until month 9. I have 27-29 day cycles, so thought everything was normal. After using OPKs, I get my LH surge on day 16, and likely do not ovulate until day 17 or 18, which means I have a 10-11 day luteal phase which could be causing the problem when TTC. I started out only taking 450 mgs then read I should take around 900/1000 – based off the comments I will now start taking full dose in the AM – was splitting up doses AM and PM. Any thoughts on my situation?

    • Hello Brett!

      I am sorry to hear of your loss!

      A 10-day luteal phase could be in part related to not yet having conceived again. That you have started Vitex is great! All it time to show it’s supporting balance, and yes 900-1000mg daily is what is generally suggested.

      Suffering a chemical pregnancy does not mean you will have problems conceiving again however. There is often no cause found as you may already know. There are several other steps you can take to hopefully prevent another loss, in addition to taking Vitex.

      My best!

  2. Hi.

    My doctor put me on vitex to try and raise my progesterone. She started me taking 1 pill during first half of cycle and 2 pills a day during second half. I started taking them right away so in the middle of my cycle. Now I will run out 5 days before my period is due. Is it okay to quit taking them before your menstruation starts? Also my family doctor wants me to start clomid as we are having trouble conceiving. How long until Vitex is out of your system as I heard they counteract each other? Thanks!

    • Dear Danica,

      Please call into your doctor’s office and/or the nurse to talk to them. I can not answer that question for you.

      Regarding stopping Vitex and starting medication, it is best to discontinue Vitex within two weeks of starting the medication.

      My best!

  3. Hello! I would assume I have a normal period…I’m 37 was on the pill since I was 16 and have been off since 2012. My husband and i have been trying to conceive naturally and once via IUI and haven’t been successful. I’ve researched VITEX, purchased and ready to start. My question is when do I start? Anytime, D1 of my cycle or right before D1?

  4. Hello, I have noticed that on Vitex tincture it says ‘Do not take if trying to get pregnant’, and that if one comes off Vitex after conceiving, it can result in miscarriage. Do you know why it should not be taken if trying to conceive?

    • Dear Alice,

      Thanks for asking!

      Legally nutritional supplement and herbal companies cannot say it is safe to use certain products into pregnancy. Therefore, we must put this on our product labels. But information and some research has been shown on these supplements/herbs, including Vitex, that it is indeed safe to use them into pregnancy when used appropriately and under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner and in the case of herbs, a skilled herbalist or midwife trained in herbal medicine.

      This guide shares of the safety of Vitex.

      I hope this is helpful!

  5. Are there any negative side affects to Vitex minus the upset stomach and other possible listed side effects. I’m in the process of trying to conceive and I have been experiencing some recent irregularities in my cycle. I want to be able to take in conjunction with my current prenatal. Today 3.21.2018 marks the first day of my cycle; I just dont want for anything to negatively effect my cycle; but im willing to try anything.

    Thank you

    • Dear Jasmine,

      Vitex is not known to negatively effect the cycle. If you are experiencing irregularities already, it seems as though some shifting may be beneficial. Vitex works for each woman how her body needs it to.

      Not everyone, in fact very few, experience negative side effects. It is much more common for positive effects from Vitex.

  6. Hi Elizabeth,
    First of all, thank you so much for responding and answering everyone’s questions! You are amazing! I didn’t see anyone else ask this so . . . I have been TTC for 9 months now and tracking my cycle. I usually ovulate around CD24 and have a 9-10 day luteal phase. I started taking vitex 2 months ago. The first month my luteal phase was 14 days and I was so excited! Now this month, I ovulated on CD17 and have had heavy spotting ever since (6 days now). That’s never happened to me before. Also, I’ve been getting positive OPKs for 6 days as well. Any thoughts on why this might be happening? Should I be concerned? If I continue vitex, do you think it will even out? Thanks!

    • Dear Kasey,

      Thank you and you’re welcome!

      Vitex is known to take a bit of time to be most effective. We find that after three consecutive months of use, the cycle begins to show a bit more regularity and pattern. With that, spotting can have many causes. Spotting around ovulation can be normal, especially if you have a hormonal imbalance, PCOS, cysts, fibroids and polyps, and having a short luteal phase (less than 12 days).

      It seems given what I know that this is just the body adjusting, but it may be worth cutting back on the Vitex to see if things change. If the spotting continues or concerns you, it may be best to pause the use of Vitex and check in with your doctor.

  7. hello i had a quick question i just started taking vitex and prenatals a week ago and was wondering if adding maca, royal jelly, and drinking raspberry leaf tea would be fine? also was wondering if i should take two 400mg capsules of vitex at the same time in the morning before i eat?

    • Dear Alondra,

      Maca, Royal Jelly and Red Raspberry leaf tea are find to take with Vitex and a prenatal multivitamin. They can be combined. We do suggest the entire daily dose of Vitex one time each day; first thing in the morning with water is fine.

  8. Hi
    pls confirm what is the recommended dosage that we should be taking daily. (PCOS, at age 44, period cycle time is 40 days). Should it be taken 1x a day? If one capsule is only 300mg, should i take 3 capsule at once or break it down to 2x a day.
    Thanks

    • Dear Jacinta,

      As shared general suggested use if 900-1000mg first thing in the morning with water, the whole dose at once. Three at once is fine.

  9. hi!! we are trying to get pregnant since aprox 6 months now. I started taking maca root like two months and nothing happen yet. I am regular with my period just sometimes is shorter then it used to be. Now i started taking Vitex last week. So, i am taking both now. i had read Vitex after your second cycle maybe the first cycle you can get pregnant. I wanted to know is that true? can i maybe get pregnant soon after those pills combine?

    • Dear Desiree,

      I am not sure what you are asking here, “i had read Vitex after your second cycle maybe the first cycle you can get pregnant. I wanted to know is that true?” Vitex and Maca can be combined. This is fine! One can also actively try to conceive while taking both. When you confirm pregnancy, they both can be weaned off of over a week’s time.

      I regards to becoming pregnant naturally, sometimes this just takes time. If you try to conceive for a year and do not, your healthcare provider is likely to want to do testing to see if there is anything preventing conception.

      Do you chart your cycle or track for ovulation so that you can know exactly when you ovulate? Knowing this is important as the days just before ovulation and day of ovulation are the best days to have intercourse if you want to have a chance at conceiving.

  10. Hello! I am taking an herbal supplement (Nature’s Sunshine-FCS II red raspberry, blessed thistle, dong quai root, queen of meadow leaves, marshmallow root, lobelia aerial parts, ginger rhizome, black cohash, capsicum, and goldenseal), Evening Primrose Oil, and food based pre-natal. I also plan to add Vitamin E. I use Maca, Baobab and Ashwagandha in whole food smoothies. I am not on any medications. I am 35 and recently miscarried and am looking to balance hormones and rejuvenate my reproduction. I eat a clean diet very similar to what you reccommend. I do drink some green tea but could easily remove. Could I safely add Vitex to this plan? I would love your opinion. Thank you!!

    • Hello Tricia!

      I am very sorry for your loss!

      Vitex can be taken with herbs and supplements listed.

      Some thoughts… goldenseal is a very powerful herb. It is in general only suggested for 3-4 consecutive months before taking a one month break. It could them be resumed. It is not the best to take this herb long term for most. Do follow the suggested use of the product manufacturer or reach out to them with questions.

      Consider also drinking your green tea apart from when you take your prenatal multivitamin. There are many schools of thought on green tea. It is so healthy, but does contain a bit of caffeine. As it may interfere with the body’s ability to properly absorb folic acid, it is best drunk apart from taking that nutrient. As an avid, long term green tea drinker, it is so hard for me to suggest it be stopped. So, please inform yourself so that you can make the best decision for your health/needs.

      Perhaps our guide Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages may also offer support.

      Take care!

    • Hello again Elizabeth,
      Thank you for your quick response to my above questions regarding the supplements and herbs. I failed to mention I am nursing a 20 month old. I believe these things are safe to take while nursing her. Do you see any risk?

      Also, we are hoping to conceive again as well…trusting our most High Abba for His perfect timing. My husband, children and I are praying and believing the herbs and supplements will be used to balance and heal as needed for future conception. Thank you for all of your guidance in this.

      Tricia

    • Hello again Tricia!

      You are welcome!

      It may be best to reach out to Nature’s Sunshine and FCS II and their thoughts on its use while breastfeeding. We also offer the guides at this link: natural-fertility-info.com/?s=breastfeeding to help you decide what is best for your needs while breastfeeding.

      My best!

  11. If my cycles are regular can Vitex cause problems? I have read some people who have regular cycles and vitex disrupted ovulation.

    • Dear Anne,

      May I know why you are interested in Vitex if your cycle is regular.

      Some women who begin taking Vitex do experience a cycle shift. What I wish everyone would know is that shifts are a positive sign that the body is responding, something we want to see, and that often time the shift if necessary to help with a healthy cycle. Often what is perceived as a “normal or regular” cycle was in fact not.

  12. Hi,
    I’m interested in Vitex because I’m going off of the pill and want to stabilize my cycle and hopefully prevent acne. I’m just wondering if it’s a bad idea to take it if I don’t want to get pregnant at the moment, since it increases fertility?
    Thanks!

    • Hello Amanda!

      That’s great! Fertility is about hormonal balance, having a balanced menstrual cycle and a vibrant woman, not only about wanting to conceive or conceiving. Do ensure you learn your post BC cycle and learn when you ovulation so you can avoid unprotected intercourse during your fertile window.

      One does not have to want to conceive to use Vitex.

  13. is Vitex tablets capsules or herbs

    • Dear Debbie,

      Vitex is an herb that comes loose, in capsule form, as a liquid extract and I know there is a company that makes it in a liquid capsule.

  14. Hi,
    I am a 25 y/o who has been trying to conceive for 10 months now. 3 months ago, I began tracking my cycles. I am using OPKs and even bought progesterone tests. I have noticed my LH surge is usually on CD17, and I have regular 27-29 day cycles. My luteal phase is about 9-10 days every month, which seems too short. I am considering starting Vitex. Should I just start taking it on CD1, and continue to take it until I get a BFP? Should I ever take a “break” from taking the supplements? Thank you!

    • Dear Chelsea,

      Vitex can be started at any point of the cycle and taken all cycle long without taking a break for a minimum of three months time (often longer). It may also be helpful to take a whole food multivitamin with b6 in it or a B complex. There are also other natural solutions for supporting the luteal phase that might be helpful (click that link to learn more).

      I hope this is helpful!

  15. Am 34, I was diagnose with PCOS 4 years ago, and also suffers from High prolactin levels. Husband and I have been ttc for a while now and suffered a miscarriage 2 years ago. My period are irregular 52 – 68 days. I started taking VITEX 1600mg per day, MACA ROOT 900mg per day, EVENING PRIMROSE 1000mg per day AND ROYAL JELLY300MG per day 25th January and got a PERIOD three weeks later.
    how long till I will get a BFP.

    • Dear Sweetjay,

      That is so awesome! Do track for ovulation and learn to pinpoint your fertile window so that you can know when to actively try to conceive.

      Keep up with the great program and hopefully you will see that BFP soon (I truly can not know when though. I think you understand that ;-)).

      My best!

  16. Am 30 , since puberty am having PCOS problem. can i take vitex with hormone balancing drugs which is suggested GY for regulating the periods.Recently happened miscarriage in 19 weeks pregnancy. So am trying to get pregnant naturally

    • Dear Kamalam,

      I am very sorry for your loss!

      We do not suggest combining Vitex with hormone balancing drugs. Herbs that act on the hormonal system could affect how your medications are working. It is best to not mix the two.

  17. I was wondering if Vitex would still be effective taken on an empty stomach at say 2 or 3 pm.

  18. Hello,

    I am trying to get Pregnant, but my prolactin level is always elevated, will Vitex help to decrease the level? I had miscarriage twice already, but I am trying to find a natural way before I go to IVF route.

    Thank you.

  19. I’m just wondering I’m 41 trying to get pregnant, my periods are now irregular and I’m not ovulating. Will this vitamin help with my ovulation? As well is it true that vitex is linked to cancer?

    • Dear Elaine,

      How long have your periods been irregular and have you not been ovulating? Vitex is an herb (not a vitamin) and we do not know that it is linked to cancer.

  20. I just got bloodwork back from my OB/GYN and my progesterone levels are in the perimenopause category–I barely turned 33!! Estrogen was normal, so I’m hoping I’m not “actually” perimenopausal. My cycles are regular, every 25 days–though I do think I have luteal phase defect since the second half is only around 11 days. I am now taking 200 mg oral progesterone (prescription). Should I also incorporate vitex in hopes that it will naturally help my progesterone levels long term?

  21. Hi. I would like to ask if vitex is safe to take for someone who takes an antidepressant? My last CD 3 FSH was 13 so I thought that if I started taking vitex it might help to lower the FSH and normalise all the other hormone levels as well. I will ask my GP this question as well but they often don’t know anything much about herbal supps and any possible interactions with modern medicine such as antidepressants. Thanks in advance.

    • Dear Nancy,

      Vitex would not be suggested without guidance and monitoring when one is dealing with or has a history of depression. We also can not suggest it with medication, unless your GP will monitor you while using it. While I do not know of an interaction with antidepressants, as we share here “Women with a history of depression taking Vitex for menstrual irregularity may experience an exacerbation of depressive symptoms.”

    • I agree with the idea that combining Vitex and antidepressants is a question can’t exactly be answered online. I just wanted to add that FSH is sometimes seen as a snapshot of stress levels. If you can work on reducing stress through various means of self-care and potentially through medication, you can lower the number.

    • Hi Cori!

      Indeed true!

      High stress upsets hormonal balance and can make conception difficult, especially if you’re dealing with other fertility challenges. One major way stress may impact your fertility health is by causing changes in FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels. FSH levels play an important role in follicle development and egg quality for women. If FSH levels are imbalanced, a woman may skip ovulation or menstruation, or may not be eligible for an IVF cycle, all of which can in turn add to one’s fertility stress.

  22. Is there any risk on taking vitex and maca? I told my gyneco that i found out about maca, and that i have been taking it for a few days. And she told me she didn’t know about it, and so she gave me vitex Bayer pills. is there any precedent info on the situation of taking both vitex and maca simultanously?

  23. i am 40 + years, and was diagnose with PCOS more than 10 years now. However there was limitation of supplements for PCOS in Asia. I just started consuming wild yam and pueraria mirifica since Dec 2017, and i was wondering if I can consume Vitex to help improve the imbalance hormone.

  24. I m 33yrs/5 ft/70 kgs.I had Irregular periods & ws lookng for a natural remedy to regularize my cycles.I came across ur article & startd using vitex (liquid).I used it for 6 mnths.There ws improvement & my periods gradually startd to b nearly normal.We wish to hav a child.I stoped vitex a month ago with the fear in mind dat if i conceive, wil i hav to continue vitex or stop it aftr conceiving.Can vitex hav any adverse effects on the foetus aftr conception OR is there any possibility that stopping vitex aftr getting pregnant can lead to miscarriage.
    My period is again delayed & i havn’t conceived yet.
    I wish to start Vitex again.M seeking your bst advice on taking vitex after getting pregnant

    • Dear Sheryl,

      As shared here German research has proven the saftey of Vitex into pregnancy. Rather than abruptly stopped, it is best weaned off of in early pregnancy if it was taken when conception occurred with the support of your doctor or midwife.

      There are many reasons menstruation can be delayed. I am sorry this is a concern! Changes is diet, exercise routines, being more sedentary, weight loss or gain, stress and even travel can all impact menstrual cycle timing. Might any of these be at play as well?

  25. I had my thyroid completely cut off for medical reasons and I am now taking levothyroxine sodium to compensate it on a daily basis. Can I also use Maca and Vitex on a daily basis? Also I am taking Spirulina too. Please let me know if all is fine in my condition.
    Many thanks for your work and help

    • Dear Sophie,

      This is going to be best asked of your healthcare provider given you are on a prescription medication. He/she is best able to monitor you if you choose to take them all together and adjust the medication dose in the even that needs to happen.

  26. Can vitex and MACA be taken together?

  27. Hi
    On which day of a regular cycle can Vitex be taken? Right from day one of the cycle or after the period stops? Thanks

  28. Hi, good day, I’ve taking vitex for almost 2 weeks from now but it 40mg only…I’ve been looking for 1000mg in our market but only this brand (nature’s answer) is available..Is it ok if it just 40mg? I’m taking spirulina also. I’m jean and i was diagnosed of pcos but i was tired of taking meds advised by my ob. I am 38 years old and 10 years of ttc. Thank you in advance..

  29. I am hoping to have a fourth baby soon, but I can already feel the PCOS returning. I got pregnant with my third after taking VITEX, MACA, NAC, AND OREGON GRAPE root for four months. I had three periods in a row, 27 days apart, and when no period arrived I knew I was pregnant. That is the first time in my life I have ever had consistent periods.

    I discontinued all but Vitex, weaning off of that by 19 weeks with no morning sickness. Now I am breastfeeding my six month old, and am ready to start again. I have a TON of milk, but will put up with more if needed. How much vitex should I begin taking, and are my other herbs safe to start again? Dosages?

    • Dear Elisa,

      Current information shows that Vitex is safe for use while breastfeeding when taken at lower doses. It is going to be best to work with an herbalist near you to determine the best dose for your needs, to start with.

      There is little research about Maca and Oregan Grape use while breastfeeding, so we can’t suggest it without your herbalist or healthcare provider’s support. We also need to suggest doing your research on using NAC while breastfeeding to make an informed decision for you.

      It is great that you have so much milk. It is truly the best nourishment for your child!

      We have two guides to help you learn more about things we know breastfeeding women can consider if wanting to begin ttc again. They are:
      Learn Important Tips for Trying to Conceive While Breastfeeding
      The Best Herbs to Help You Get Pregnant While Breastfeeding

      I hope this is helpful!

  30. I am 27 years and I am trying to get pregnant from last 6 months before I had a miscarriage becoz of my hypothyroid. I am desperately ttc but nothing is happening I started taking vitex just six days from today, I don’t see any changes or side effects, can you suggest me how much mg I should take and is it ok to take it with my thyroid medication.

    • Dear Mini,

      I am sorry for all you have been through! It is going to be best to ensure your doctor knows and approves of your Vitex use with your medication. Should the dose of medication need to be adjusted, he/she is the only one able to to that for you.

      Vitex is best taken at a general dose of 900-1000mg daily all cycle long without taking a break. It is an herb that takes some time to show it’s working and is known to work better when diet and lifestyle are optimal.

      It may also be helpful to learn more about poor thyroid function impacts fertility health. We share more about this in our guide Solve Thyroid Problems Before Conceiving a Baby.

      I hope this is all helpful!

  31. Hi,
    I am 30 and suffering from PCOS since past 8 years. I have been trying for a child for 3 years and have no success. I never get periods naturally therefore I take Norethisterone (Progesterone pills). Could you please suggest if it is okay to take progesterone pills along with vitex?

    Thanks in advance
    Supriya

  32. Can Vitex be taken with the Fertilica Natural Progresterone Cream?

  33. Can you take Vitex, Maca, Royal jelly, and Folic Acid together? I am currently taking all listed supplements except Vitex and I am wondering if I can add Vitex into the mix. My goal is to regulate my cycles as well as improve my egg quality. Also, if I take this combination of supplements, how long can I take Vitex for? I keep reading that you have to take breaks. Thanks in advance for your time and help. Kind regards! 🙂

    • Dear Patricia,

      Hello! Vitex, Maca, Royal Jelly and folic acid can all be taken together. This is fine!

      We know that Vitex is best taken daily, with consistency, for a minimum of three months time. With that clinical research shows it is best taken for 6 months to one year.

  34. I’ve been using Vitex for the past 8 months – I had hypothalamic amenorrhea for 7 years, and finally 5 months ago my period came back (though irregular). I continued using Vitex and just discovered that I’m 6 weeks pregnant (yay!!!). I understand that you advise to consult a medical professional whether to continue with Vitex, but unfortunately the docs I have access to have a very conventional ‘no herbs’ approach and say to stop it immediately (they are the same doctors who told me that my ovaries never worked and that I would never be able to conceive – well, guess I proved them wrong). Is it ok in your opinion to continue using it, maybe halving the dose, until the week 12? Regards,

    • Hello!

      Congratulations on your pregnancy! That is so very exciting to hear!

      It is common to hear doctors have a “no-herbs” approach/philosophy, so we have to suggest continuing your research to decide what is right for your needs. Is there an herbalist or midwife near you to consult?

      As shared in this article, what we know is that German research shows Vitex can be taken safely through the end of the third month of pregnancy not after. Vitex is best weaned off of over a week’s time when you choose to do so.

      My very best!

  35. Hi,

    Is it okay to combine Vitex, Dong Quai, royal jelly, ubiquinol, and folic acid? I am trying to regulate my irregular period and to improve the quality of my eggs while trying to conceive. Thanks in advance for your help. Regards.

  36. I ask one thing. It is help 40+ women

    • Dear Sourabh,

      Great question that I don’t know the answer to. Women over the age of 40 do take Vitex with success, but it is often not and should not be replied upon alone to support fertility health and hormonal balance.

      There are so many factors in each women’s fertility story, that it may help to know more specifics about you and your fertility to guide you further.

  37. Hi, I am 44; single, will travel abroad to try ivf with a sperm donor. My cycles are normally 26 days long, last time only 20 days, never happened before. Now on day 21 and it looks normal so far. I dont have many eggs left, amh 2; thyroid panel good. I will start homons for ivf in february and wonder if vitex taken the cycle before would be a good idea? The Dr in the clinic didnt say anything about vitex and hormons. Merry xmas to all of you!

  38. I am currently trying to conceive, I’ve done a full blood test and my obgyn prescribed me Vitamin D, b12 and folic acid. Ive been taking them for a month now. My cycle is irregular and I don’t know when and if i ovulate. I found out about vital online and wonder if it is ok for me to take it? Will it help me ovulate and conceive faster or is it better i stick to what my dr prescribed me? I am 24 years old and my scan showed very few and very little follicles.

    • Dear Alex,

      Given what I know Vitex seems worth learning more about indeed. It can be combined with the vitamins prescribed to you. I am not able to know how fast it will work for you, but it is an amazing female fertility herb that works best when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle, as well as other herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies for fertility health. If it would be helpful to have help in creating a natural fertility program to fit your needs that included the aforementioned, we’d be happy to work with you through our Fertility Consultation program.

  39. My cycles were regular ( 29-30 days). I started taking vitex with the beginning of the cycle and my first cycle was longer 10 days longer than usual ( 40 days) and had terrible menstrual pain before I got my period. Is vitex responsible for this and should I stop taking it?

    • Dear Ewa,

      We know Vitex can cause cycle shifts, albeit temporary. This is viewed as a sign that the body is responding. Vitex is not however known to cause menstrual pain. Could it have been due to a slightly less healthy diet (more caffeine, sugar, refined oils/processed foods than usual) or being more sedentary that cycle? These are more common culprits.

  40. I am wondering if it is advised to take Vitex during an IVF Cycle? I have been doing IVF for 2 years (taking FSH injections for 2 weeks per cycle), I am wondering when I should take it in relation to doing an IVF cycle?
    Thanks for your help.

  41. I am trying to conceive since 2 years, my doctor prescribed me Letrozol to help me in conceiving. i have late ovulation around 20 days after period.I would like to know vitex is useful for me and whether i can take vitex in conjunction with Letrozol.

    • Dear Rana,

      Given what I know, Vitex may be helpful, but we can not suggest combining it with fertility medications like Letrozole. Herbs that act on the hormonal system could affect how your medications are working. We know that one needs to eat well, exercise, manage stress, and consider natural therapies like fertility massage, or acupuncture to support and promote regular ovulation.

  42. Hi I have just been diagnosed with Fibroids. Although my doctor says they are not of concerning size (largest one being 3 cm), I still have a heavy flow and sometimes a period twice a month. I am 36 years old, i am on a low dose of birth control, would I benefit from Vitex? I don’t want to get pregnant at this time, I just want to have a normal period.

    • Dear Tawny,

      It is actually best to avoid combining herbs that influence hormonal balance with medication(s) that does the same, unless your doctor approves and will monitor you while using both. I think my guide 3 Things Women with Uterine Fibroids Should Be Doing Daily will share helpful tips to consider. You will read there about FibroDefense and DIM, both of which are best to consult your doctor or herbalist about taking with birth control. The other tips are fine to consider or learn more about. Being sure to get enough vitamins C and K, both helpful in supporting healthy blood flow, is important. Slow Flow is a product to learn more about for those heavy bleeding times.

      I hope you find easy ways to support a healthy menstrual cycle!

  43. I have been ttc for over a year and my periods are short and i have dark blood. I have been using vitex about 2000 mg and it doesn’t seem to help with my short periods and dark blood problem. I have started to use red raspberry leaf and nettles in may and that has helped me not to have such dark blood during my periods, but I still have short periods. They are two to three days long. Can i take other herbs such as dong quai and red clover as I take the vitex, red raspberry leaf and nettles?

    • Hi Lisa!

      I am glad to here that Red Raspberry leaf and Nettle are providing nourishment and helping support uterine tone. Yay! Dark blood is often believed to be due to stagnation and perhaps inadequate circulation. Dark blood is leftover from a previous cycle and not for perhaps the aforementioned reasons able to come out properly.

      It is great to learn more about Dong Quai and Red Clover. They can be taken with Vitex, Red Raspberry leaf and Nettle, yes. I would encourage a brisk daily walk, staying hydrated and eating a clean whole food diet, as well as learning more about Self Fertilty Massage as well.

      I would also like to share that in general, we find that Vitex does indeed take time to be effective and suggest it at the daily amount of 900-1000mg a day. If the practitioner you are working with suggested 2000mg daily, then do heed his/her advice. If no, it may be best to try to stay within this general suggested amount. More is not necessarily better.

      I hope this is helpful!

  44. Hi,
    I am wondering if you can take other herbs along with vitex? Such as red clover, red raspberry leaf, dong quai, nettles, milk thistle and wild yam? I have inadequate endometrial build up and have two to three day periods. I have been taking vitex for the last year. I was told that you take vitex from day one until day twelve and then stop taking it and then on day 18 start using progesterone cream. It doesn’t seem to help any. I still have short periods. I also have dark blood most of the time. Which from one of your articles could mean that I have poor uterine circulation. I also would like to know when it is good to take other herbs and when not to take them?

    • Dear Lisa,

      Red Clover, Red Raspberry leaf, Dong Quai, Nettles, Milk Thistle seed and Wild Yam can all be taken with Vitex. REd Clover, Red Raspberry Leaf and Nettle would make a lovely infusion (strong tea). You might like my DIY Uterus Strengthening Tea. Each of these can be taken daily with the exception of Dong Quai. Dong Quai is not to be taken during menstruation if menstruation is heavy.

      If you were told to take Vitex as you shared by a practitioner do heed their advice and help them know you aren’t seeing the changes you’d hoped yet (talk about this). We have found through our research and use of Vitex with our clients that it is best taken at a daily amt. of 900-1000mg all cycle long without taking a break for at minimum 3 months time. It can be continued with natural progesterone cream.

      While Dong Quai supports healthy circulation, we also like Fertility Massage and a daily brisk walk for that too.

      I hope this is all helpful!

  45. Hello,

    I have been taking vitex for one month now after my last cycle has finished and now I’m on cycle day 37 with no period and I’m really afraid to test in order not to panic for not getting my period though. so my question is it could vitex delaying my period?

    Thanks

    • Dear Ola,

      We know that for some Vitex can cause temporary cycle shifts. We understand shifts can cause concern, but we view them as a sign the body is responding. Any shifts should work themselves out within 1-3 cycles of use. Stay hydrated and exercise regularly. Try gentle abdominal massage too if that interests you. If you actively tried to conceive this cycle, it is best to test for pregnancy before discontinuing Vitex or continuing with your natural fertility program.

  46. I was wondering if there is any risk involved with “messing” up your hormones on Vitex. Say I was low on estrogen and started to take Vitex, is there any risk involved with taking it? Thank you so much.
    Sarah

    • Dear Sarah,

      Vitex nourishes the endocrine system is the way it needs. It helps each woman who takes it slightly differently. Vitex is not known to cause hormonal imbalance, or raise or lower a hormone level that does not need to be. We also do not rely upon it alone to support hormonal balance. We use holistic natural fertility programs that often combine herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies, a healthy whole food diet, daily exercise and stress management. You may appreciate the information in our guide, Estrogen and Fertility – The Good, the Bad and the Necessity.

  47. Hello,
    I have been taking a prenatal that contains 4mg of vitex since removing my Mirena IUD in mid-july (had it in for just under three years). I have noticed that for the last two cycles I am ovulating very early (CD9-11) using BBT to track. Could this be the vitex? This most recent cycle I Ovulated on CD12! Is this still my body adjusting to the removal of the Mirena? We have been trying since the month after removal to conceive, still no luck. Would that low of a dose of vitex even effect anything?

    • Dear Emrys,

      To be honest, 4mg of Vitex isn’t likely to have such an effect even if taken daily for 4 months or so. General suggested use of Vitex is 900-1000mg daily for as many as 6 months to a year to have see the full benefit of this herb. It seems to me more likely that this is the body regulating and rebalancing after the IUD removal.

      Taking a prenatal multivitamin is great, but Vitex isn’t like to be effective very quickly at 4mg a day. Consider also the info we share in our Fertility Tip: How to Enhance Fertility After IUD Removal.

  48. Hi there,

    I have been told that vitex needs to be “cycled” and a 5 day break each month is sufficient. I haven’t been doing this. I have just finished a bottle of 90capsules. Do I need a break or do I continue? I am not on any contraception.

    • Dear Jenna,

      This is one school of thought, yet we have found through our research and work with clients that Vitex is best taken all cycle long without a break.

      I think it is best to listen to your body… how do you feel after using Vitex? Have you seen any changes yet?

  49. This states it inhibits Inhibit follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)…shoudl I be concerned about this?

    • Dear Natalie,

      Vitex is now known to inhibit or raise a hormone levels that does not need to be. It works slightly differently for each woman who uses it. With that, if this does concern you, consider working one on one with an herbalist or naturopath near you or through a Fertility Consultation. The will get to know your fertility journey and goals in order to share which natural therapies including herbs that they think will be suit your needs.

  50. Hi..I am not getting my periods since quite long now almost a year after reading about vitex I plan to start taking it .Please let me know what should be the dosage.I really want to get pregnant now I am in my 30’s.

    Please advice the dosage and which brand is the best to buy and where can I get it.

    Thank You

    • Dear Stephi,

      Have you talked with your doctor and been able to learn the cause of your missing menstruation? This is going to be important to do!

      General suggested use of Vitex is 900-1000mg daily all month long. The Natural Fertility Shop sells FertilicaTM Vitex. This is the brand we prefer.