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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 shares Angela J. Hywood, ND in Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health by Aviva Romm, MD. While Vitex 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.

Research Scientist Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L.Ac. A.H.G., shares of two German studies from the late 1980s in his book Vitex the Women’s Herb proving Vitex efficacy for supporting healthy corpus luteum function. In one study of 45 women, 86% responded positively with normalized or significantly improved progesterone levels (Therapiewoche and Z. Allgemeinme).

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, shared in Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health by Aviva Romm, MD, has shown that Vitex may be very beneficial for PMS symptoms, especially depression, headaches, rashes, acne, allergies and sensitivity of the breasts.

In a 1994 German study published in the German Obstetrics and Gynecology journal Therapie Woche Gynakol, 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 six and a half month open German study of 15 women with amenorrhea, 67% had resumed a menstrual cycle by the sixth month of use. Progesterone levels also increased (Gynäkol Praxis).

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: Vitex is known to help improve skin health for those with Acne Vulgaris and Post-gestatory acne (acne as a result of taking oral birth control). Along with appropriate dietary 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, including 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 some) 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 concentrations 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.


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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  • Hobbs, Christopher, L.Ac. (2003). Vitex, The Women’s Herb. Summertown, Tennessee: Healthy Living Publications.
  • Loch EG, Katzorke T. Diagnosis and treatment of dyshormonal menstrual periods in general practice. Gynäkol Praxis. 1990;14:489–495. In Hobbs, C. Vitex, The Women’s Herb. Summertown, Tennessee: Healthy Living Publications. pp.68-70.
  • Peters-Welte C, Albrecht M. Menstrual abnormalities and PMS: Vitex agnus castus [translated from German]. Therapie Woche Gynakol . 1994;7:49-52. In Hobbs, C. Vitex, The Women’s Herb. Summertown, Tennessee: Healthy Living Publications. pp.57-60.
  • 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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    can it be taking with femera (Letrozole)

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    Pleasant good morning,

    I am currently taking 2 400mg capsule of Vitex with B6 50mg. Upon confirming pregnancy how long should i continue taking Vitex&B6 dosage I am taking? What are your recommendation for weening off. Note I have PCOS. I addition should I continue this combination after ovulation?

    • Dear Kaylee,

      It’s important to seek the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider, herbalist or midwife near you to guide you through this transition in early pregnancy. That said, a good way to wean off of an herb is to take less and less each day, over a week. If you are taking herbs in a capsule form, you could open the capsule, dump a little out and then close it back up and then take it. Do this each day until you are no longer taking it.

      Vitamin B6 may not need to be weaned off of, although it would be better to be taking a whole food prenatal multivitamin containing proper B vitamins.

      Vitex and vitamin B6 can be taken together all cycle long when actively trying to conceive. This is fine.

      My best!

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    In 2016, I was diagnosed with endometriosis; although, my periods have always been pretty regular and the pain issues I’ve read about that can come with endometriosis were never that bad for me. Following my diagnosis and laparoscopic surgery, I had the Mirena IUD inserted. I had it removed in May 2018. My period returned on a normal cycle, but I noticed the cycles were a bit shorter (from 28 to 25 or 26 days). I got pregnant in November and had a miscarriage 6 weeks later. After four weeks, my period has returned. I’m wondering if I should give it a couple of cycles before trying Vitex since my periods are regular or just go ahead and try it?

    • Dear Jillian,

      I am so sorry for your loss!

      It is going to be helpful to track the next 1-3 cycles, marking the start date, day of ovulation, length of the luteal phase and end date. While we take into consideration what menstruation is like, it is the length of the luteal phase that we like to know. It should be at least 12 days to sustain a healthy pregnancy, often 11 is fine and for some women it will be longer and that is fine.

      While doing that, there are natural therapies to learn about as you prepare for a subsequent pregnancy. I think our guide 3 Things Women With Endometriosis Should Be Doing Daily would be valuable to read through.

      To be honest, if you are open to knowing the that your cycle may shift some temporarily if it needs to to be healthy, then Vitex would be fine to consider. If the idea of a cycle shift causes concern or stress, I might suggest starting with tracking the cycle and then the tips in the above guide. Often women see positive cycle cycle changes with diet and lifestyle changes along. I say this all because Vitex is known to cause cycle shifts for some women who then become concerned; some of whom think they have regular cycles and don’t realize the cycle actually needs to shift to be healthy.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    What is the equivalent dosage of whole vitex berries to vitex berry extract? I have a bottle of vitex berry extract that is 225mg per capsule (“Each capsule is guaranteed to contain .5% (1.13mg) of Agnuside”) How many would I take to equal 900-100mg as recommended in this article? Would taking 900mg vitex berry extract be too much?

    I am currently waiting on my body to miscarry after finding out I’ve had a missed miscarriage. I am 13 weeks and the embryo didn’t make it past 6. Should I wait until it happens to begin taking Vitex, or can I start now?

    • Dear Heather,

      I am very sorry for your loss!

      It is really going to be best to ask this if the manufacturer of the supplement you purchased and to follow the suggested use of the manufacturer, as they accommodate the form of the herb used.

      Fertilica Vitex capsules contain the ground whole Vitex berry. This explanation from Now Foods explains standardized extracts so well:”A standardized “herbal extract” is an herb extract that has one or more components present in a specific, guaranteed amount, usually expressed as a percentage. The intention behind the standardization of herbs is to guarantee that the consumer is getting a product in which the chemistry is consistent from batch to batch. This practice has developed out of the drug model of herbal medicine, in which modern scientists have attempted to identify the components of a plant that have definite pharmacological activity in the body. Unfortunately, while scientists can isolate many constituents from an herb and discover how particular chemicals may act in the body, they inadvertently remove or overlook components that may contribute to the activity of the whole herb. Consequently, standardization may concentrate one constituent at the expense of other potentially important ones, while changing the natural balance of the herb’s components.” It may also help to read the remainder of the Whole Herb vs. Standardized Extract explanation here… Both forms are acceptable and have benefits, we simply prefer offering the whole plant/herb.

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    I’m slightly confused about the article above. I have heard from Doctors, Naturopaths and Obgyn’s that Vitex is NOT safe during pregnancy. It also states on all labels of the bottles that I have researched/found ‘Do not take while pregnant or breastfeeding’ as compared with ‘Speak to a healthcare professional before use during pregnancy or breastfeeding’ Since research suggests that you should NOT take while pregnant, I am wondering why you suggest to take all month long? What if I am actively trying to get pregnant, what days in my cycle should I be taking to ensure no harm to my pregnancy if successful?

    Any help is appreciated!

    • Dear Meagan,

      We share of the use of Vitex in pregnancy with support because we know that it has been historically and still is by natural healthcare practitioners, also because German research shows Vitex can be taken safely through the end of the third month of pregnancy and may help prevent miscarriage. FDA (US) herbal product labeling guidelines dictate what labels say without taking the aforementioned into account.

      After actively trying to conceive at ovulation, it take 6-10 days for an embryo to travel to the uterus for implantation and in that time receives nothing at all, no nutrients, from the mother. This is why Vitex can be weaned off of when you think you are or upon first determination of pregnancy. With that however, when one weans may differ if there have been past miscarriages.

      Vitex is not known to harm a pregnancy. Based on clinical and historical use, we suggest Vitex be used all cycle long in preparation for conception and it can be continued while actively trying to conceive. It is however always best to follow your healthcare practitioners advice. There are many different schools of thought and we can no discount those that differ from ours.

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    Hello! Thank you so much for the work you do and the information you provide us women. My husband and I have been TTC for exactly one year and it has not been easy. About 3 months ago my period had completely stopped and now here we are still nothing. I wanted to know if you could recommend anything along side the Vitex that I have begun as of today. I am also taking red raspberry leaf.

    • Dear Alyssa,

      We are glad you are here!

      Have you discussed with your healthcare provider the possible cause(s) of menstruation stopping? Some reasons we see cause this are drastic changes in weight (either loss or gain), diet or stress levels, fertility health issues, even travel. Could any of these be a cause?

      Vitex is amazing and works well when diet and lifestyle are optimal. Do learn about and consider the Fertility Diet. It may also be worth learning about Fertility Massage and Castor Oil Therapy. Vitex combines well with Maca, Tribulus, Dong Quai and other herbs, so consider also learning more about the other circulation-supporting, activating herbs, which we share of in our guide How To Get Your Period Back.

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

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    Hi – My husband and I are TTC. I have always had an irregular period, but after officially tracking my last cycle, according to the LH test strips, it appears as though I did ovulate on day 22 of my 47 day cycle. Would vitex be a good option to regulate my period so I potentially have more opportunities to ovulate therefore more opportunities to try getting pregnant?

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    Thank you so much for all the amazing information! I am 44, trying to conceive for over 2 years, 1 miscarriage, 1 IVF cycle (all 11 blastocysts made it to day 6, but tests revealed they were abnormal so no transfer). I have great egg reserve numbers. No period, ovulation, or other fertility issues. Now, I am trying again naturally. I’ve been on an organic diet since I started trying to conceive. I got pregnant only once when I was taking Vitex but I stopped when I got BFP and miscarried at 5 weeks. Wondering if I should try Vitex again even if my periods and ovulation are normal? Thank you so much.

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    Thank you for such a detailed article. We have been TTC for just over three months. I have a history of amenorrhea from years of being a pro. ballet dancer and very long (45/55) day irregular cycles after going off oral contraceptives (years after dancing). We recently saw a fertility specialist who is pretty certain I am not ovulating and am having anovulatory cycles (with periods only brought on with the use of oral prometrium starting at CD14 and until a period starts). I might need Clomid to ovulate (PCOS has been ruled out). Would Vitex in the follicular stage only help me ovulate? Or would another herb such as Black Cohosh be better for stimulating ovulation?
    Thank you! 🙂

    • Dear Sarah,

      Ensuring progesterone levels are adequate is great. Vitex is also know to support that. Be sure to also be eating enough healthy dietary fat and consider learning more from our guide 5 Simple Ways to Promote Regular Ovulation. We aren’t able to suggest herbs with medications unless your healthcare provider will guide you. So, do be sure to express your concerns about Clomid or anything else and share the information we offer in this guide and the other I shared if you feel it will help in the conversation.

      My best!

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    Good day,
    I used agnus castus last year because i had irregular periods. The first time i used it i got pregnant. I stopped using when i was 14 weeks pregnant. I delivered a baby girl (3.1kg at birth) in May. At 9 weeks she was diagnosed with heart abnormalities. She had a heart failure and sadly passed. Could the heart abnormalities been caused by agnus castus? I am TTC and i am thinking of taking agnus castus again, but i am scared that it may have effects on baby. Its been 5 months TTC with no luck.

    • Dear Estiella,

      I am so very sorry!

      Vitex agnus castus has not ever been linked to heart health issues in adults or fetuses from what I know. If it were we would not suggest learning about, and I wouldn’t think other herbalist, midwives and natural healthcare practitioners would suggest it either. In fact, as you hopefully read just above, rat studies in which rats were given extremely high doses if Vitex did not show toxiticty, and German research in humans have proves Vitex can be taken into pregnancy.

      I completely understand your worry, so do work one on one with a natural health practitioner if you aren’t sure of the best natural therapies for your needs. Do also talk to your doctor, if you haven’t already, about causes of heart-health issues in infants to see if you can find answers.

      My very best!

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    good day
    thank you for the article, i just want to know how much is the Vitex in rand.
    am from south africa.

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    HI. I’m trying to conceive for 4 years. I’m taking fertility cleanse this cycle. In the beginning of next cycle can i use vitex?

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    Hi Esther,
    I had a transabdominal cerclage fitted on 7th September to cure my incompetent cervix following my second trimester loss in may 2018. I had a period on 9th September then another on 8th October. I used cheap OPK and found out I ovulated CD17 however my Clearblue test result showed no fertility. We did the deed throughout the month and unfortunately my AF showed up today 8th November. I am worried I may not be ovulating and wanted to know if I could use vitex to help me ovulate. Also my periods are only 4 days long

    • Dear Mary,

      I am so sorry for your loss! Have you thought about BBT charting? OPKs and fertility monitoring devices detect the luteinizing hormone (LH) surge 24-48 ours prior to ovulation, but do not guarantee ovulation will happen. BBT charting shows the exact day of ovulation (and the fertile window, etc.).

      With that, know that a 4-day period isn’t cause for concern. That can be normal. What we look at more is the length of the cycle phases, what menstrual bleeding is like, if cycles are regular or not, etc. It sure seems they are making me think you ovulate, just aren’t catching the exact day perhaps.

      While I highly value Vitex, it may be best to learn for sure if you aren’t ovulating. What has been shared so far, doesn’t immediately make think, oh she needs Vitex.

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    ES, i am 49 and had an ectopic surgery 12 years ago, can i be come pregnant again?

    • Dear Esther,

      Perhaps, but as I am sure you know, I can not know for certain. Have you had the health of your fallopian tubes evaluated since the ectopic pregnancy? This may be worth asking your doctor about. Do you still have menstruate and ovulate monthly?

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    Is vitex the only herb that lowers FSH. Is there any other herbs or foods that can help me lower my FSH. I am 52yrs old and want to get pregnant. Can you advise me?

    • Dear Popee,

      Our area of expertise is women aged 18-50. We feel it’s best for those younger of older to work with a practitioner who specializes in helping women of these ages. Consider reaching out to the Women’s Health Network, or a naturopath near you. Supporting healthy FSH is about nourishing the endocrine system. That said, as woman age FSH naturally rises as the ovaries begin to lose their ability to produce mature follicles, estrogen and progesterone.

      My best to you!

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    Hi. I have been TTC for the last six months. My cycles have always been regular (28 days) but we have a small window for when we can conceive this year due to work commitments. I decided to try vitex for two weeks (started week before ovulation and continued during ovulation). Now my period is 5 days late (32 day cycle) and all of the pregnancy tests have been negative. Could vitex have messed up my cycle or could I actually be pregnant? Thank you!

    • Dear Tatiana,

      Vitex is not known to “mess up” a cycle. It does however, for some, cause temporary cycle shifts. While I know the frustration, a shift is viewed as a sign of the body using what Vitex has to offer… that things are working. Pregnancy may also be a possibility if you actively tried to conceive. It isn’t often that pregnancy tests are wrong, yet this happens from time to time.

      As you move forward, stay hydrated and exercise daily (moderate-intensity exercise like a walk or Yoga). If you know you are not pregnant, gentle abdominal massage have proves helpful for others I’ve worked with.

      Know that shifts as a result of starting Vitex work themselves our with 1-3 cycles of consistent use.

      I hope this eases any worry!

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    Hi i am a 27 year old and having been trying to conceive for the past couple months and having no luck. My periods vary from month to month and i have been taking prenatal-multi for almost 2 months now and i have been using ovulation test to try and pin point when is the best time to try and DTB when i am close to ovulating. I started AF October 15th 2018 and lasted 5days. I am supposed to ovulate on the 28th of October. Should i start trying Vitex now or should i wait until AF comes if i dont conceive this month. Also can i take prenatal-multi and Vitex together.I am very discouraged and starting to feel like i cant conceive and make me very depressed when the test come back negative.

    • Dear Amanda,

      I’m sorry you are discouraged!! Please know that it simply takes a while sometimes! It would be okay to wait to begin taking Vitex with your next cycle. A prenatal multivitamin and Vitex can be taken together.

      Tips: be sure to be actively trying to conceive the two days prior to and day of ovulation. There is a theory that the cervix has a sucking action during orgasm that help propel sperm thru and into the uterus, so try that at as well. Mostly, try not to get down on yourself! Enlist stress reduction tools to help. Maybe one or more of the Top 10 Mind and Body Therapies to Help With Fertility Stress will be helpful.

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    I have been taking Vitex to get pregnant and I just had a positive pregnancy test. My doctor isn’t familiar with Vitex and hasn’t recommended that I continue or stop and I do not have an herbalist in my area. Would it be harmful to stop? Should I continue until the third month to prevent any changes in hormonal levels? I also have only been taking half of the recommended dose(1 pill). I haven’t been taking the full dose . Thank you. Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated! Also thank you for all of the tips!!! I tried a lot of the recommendations you provided.

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    I’ve had irregular periods every month for about a year although they come every month they always come about every 35-37 days ,I recently did a sonogram and was told I had 20 cyst on my ovaries and it is consistent with pcos but it seems mild , Ive never experienced any symptoms I’m not over weight I did blood test and they all came back normal I have a 10 year old and have been pregnant in the past 3 times but aborted them, right now Iam married and trying to become pregnant I’ve been taking maca root vitex and donqui are these safe to take together ? I’m also 2 days late on my period so I’m now at day 39 I took a test its negative I do have cramps I do feel emotional I’am craving sweets

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    Can Vitex be taken while wearing an estrogen patch. My RE would like for me to start wearing estrogen patches to try to lower FSH level.

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    I have problems swallowing capsules. Is it OK to open the capsules and pour their content into my smoothies?
    Thank you!

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    I am 45 plus and TTC I am currently taking Pregnacare Concievenfor 6 weeks and its been 6 weeks since I stopped takig the pil and have had a full menstral cycle, which was okay. Can Vitex be taken alongside pregnacare and which one would be best to take at this pont.

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    Hi there. I have just started taking Premular (each tablet contains extract equivalent to 180mg dry vitex agnus-castus druit). When you stated here that the usual dosage for vitex is 900-1000mg in capsule form, am I not taking enough then of vitex when taking the Premular tablets? Thanks

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    do we need to discontinue vitex first day of period or do we continue taking it for the whole month?

    • Dear Sofia,

      We feel it is best to take Vitex all consistently all cycle long without taking a break. We have had women use it based on their cycle, but haven’t seen a difference between using it that way and all month long (which is easier for most women). We suggest a minimum of 3 months use, but often longer for Vitex.

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    I am curious when to start Vitex. Can you start taking it mid cycle before ovulation?

    Also, if you become pregnant, should you stop taking it?

    • Dear GB,

      In general, we fell it is best to begin taking Vitex at the beginning of the cycle, but it can be started at any time. If you actively ttc this cycle, it may be best to wait to see if you are pregnant. If taking Vitex and one conceives, it is an herb to wean off over a week’s time in early pregnancy.

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    Have been trying to conceive for years, I have regular 28-day cycles and regular ovulation, and all medical tests have shown results of perfect reproductive health for both my husband and me. There is currently no explanation for the infertility we are experiencing. I’m skeptical that Vitex could help, could Vitex mess with my already regular cycles.

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    Will Vitex interfere with other ayurvedic herbs I am currently taking? The herbs has chaste tree berry in it too, and others such as ginger rhizome, shatavari, licorice, celery root, clam shell, etc.

    • Dear AM,

      While it won’t interfere, there may not be need for more Vitex/Chastetree berry. May I ask why you want to take more? If the herbs you are currently taking were suggested by a practitioner, please consult him/her about the combination and taking more Vitex.

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    Hi,I’m 18 y/o I’ve been diagnosed with PCOS and only have irregular cycles and polycystic ovaries.My blood work came back ‘within normal range’ but I soon figured out that my ratio of FSH and LH were not 1:1 like other women even though they are still average(from my memory my FSH was at around a 5 and my LH was at around a 16).My testosterone, androgens etc were normal but my Dr never checked my oestrogen or progesterone. Would it be fine in my case to take Vitex for irregular menses or is wild yam cream a better option? I’m looking for a long term solution and I have heard that the effects of vital wears off. Also if it did start working would I need to use it on certain times of my cycle?

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    Hello I am 27 yrs about 115lbs old and been on depo for about 2 and half years and no period at all ..But stopped getting my shots as we are TTC.. Its been 6mnths since ive gotten my last shot. Recently I have had spotting lightly on an off for four days.. Do you think Vitex will help me get my periods back an possibly ovulate?

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    I am 26 yrs old have been trying to get pregnant for two years now, I two miscarriages in 2013 being 8 wks and dec 2017 6wks. I heard about this pills thru a friend and was wondering if this will help? I know my numbers were supper low and they did not see anything in the ultrasound this time compared to the first time. Ive been taking them for a month and it did get my period back to normal after the last miscarriage I did not get my period for 3 months. Im sooo impatient with results but I HOPE this works. I have been taking 3 pills in the morning before breakfast is this okay or is there a way you recommend taking them? I plan to take 1 pill a day after 12 wks like the bottle says.

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    because of stress I believe my cycle shortened the last 2 months.
    I would like to know, how exactly Vitex works as Progesterone is usually a hormone of the sencond half, after ovulation.
    We nee follile stimulating hormone in the first half, so I wonder, if it should be taken the whole cycle or after ovulation?
    Could taking it inhibit ovulation?
    I don´t know!
    Usually my cycle is regularly between 26-28 days ever since.
    Thanks for answering!

    • Dear Ela,

      A 26-28 day cycle isn’t considered short for most, yet stress can impact one’s “normal”. So, I hope you’ve begun searching for ways to reduce stress and decompress.

      Vitex and progesterone are not the same thing. Vitex/Chaste tree berry (Vitex agnus-castus) is known to have an action on the pituitary gland, which is responsible for progesterone production and plays an intricate role in hormonal balance, the menstrual cycle and ovulation. It does this for each woman slightly differently as each body needs balance and without containing hormones itself.

      Based on our research and us of Vitex with clients, we know it to be most effective when taken consistently all cycle long without taking a break for at minimum 3 months (often longer).

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    My daughter was on birth control pill to regulate her periods, which never ended (one episode was non-stop for 2 months). Her 3rd month on the pill was finally a normal month. By the end of the 4th month, she is a weepy mess, sad, I would venture to say verging on depression and her acne was so much worse than ever before. My question is, if the only depression she has ever experienced is because of the pill, does the warning about not taking Vitex if you’ve had a history of depression apply? If the pill causes depression, will Vitex? She wasn’t depressed before the pill. Her never-ending period had her pretty upset at times, but not depressed. She’d rather go back to that.

    • Dear Tammie,

      I’m sorry to hear this, but you really need to let your daughter’s doctor know what she is experiencing. There are other forms of birth control, although please also know that this is not regulating her period in a healthy way. It’s tricking her body into action rather than correcting the imbalance at the source and nourishing the endocrine system in order to do that. Vitex does not cause depression, it only in some cases may exacerbate depressive symptoms. That said, we can not suggest combining Vitex with hormonal medication.

      What might be worth learning about is how to ensure you daughter is consuming enough iron and vitamins C and K, all known to help regulate menstrual blood flow. Diet is key and supplements can help – a whole food multivitamin, quality omega 3 and perhaps something like Slow Flow.

      I hope you are able to help your daughter find relief! Periods don’t have to be awful!

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    I take 75mcg synthroid for hypothyroidism in the morning. I am 35 yrs old with very regular 29 day cycle. Aove article says take vitex in the morning empty stomach but I take synthroid in the morning. Is there any other time I can take vitex. I am trying to conceive baby#2 and want to balance my hormones. Is vitex going to intract with synthroid. Can I continue both vitex and synthroid at different times.

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    I am in my mid forties and TTC. I have three children. I have been taking Vitex 1600mg for the past 8 weeks. I read in the comments that someone else was taking the same high dosage. Is this too high of a dosage? My capsules are 400 mg each. Should I go down to 1200mg? I know that you recommend 900 to 1000 mg daily. Since I am older I thought a higher dosage would be better. Any suggestions?

    • Dear Pinina,

      We do feel a daily dose or 900-1000mg is best. We would not suggest 1600mg daily unless your healthcare provider or herbalist suggested it.

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    Have been trying to conceive for years, no luck. I have regular 28-day cycles and regular ovulation, and all medical tests have shown results of perfect reproductive health for both my husband and me. There is currently no explanation for the infertility we are experiencing. I’m skeptical that Vitex could help, but going to give it a try…

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    I switched from the hormonal IUD to the Copper one in January of this year hoping it would help my acne and dry eyes, however, acne and dry eyes got worse. I started taking Vitex about 3 weeks ago and the acne has cleared already, but my dry eyes are still bothering me. I’m certain the dry eyes are hormone related.(no history or family eye problems) Do you think Vitex will eventually help my eyes if so? And how long should I stay on the Vitex?

    • Dear Jessie,

      I have not ever heard or read of Vitex use being related to dry eye. What I know is that it is a lack of tears (made of water, fatty oil and mucus) that cause dry eyes. Reasons one lacks tears could be due to thyroid health issues, vitamin A deficiency, some other medical conditions and use of medications like antihistamines, decongestants, HRT (hormone replacement therapy) including birth control, antidepressants, and medications taken orally for acne.

      Vitex can be taken long term. We suggest a minimum of three months, but as stated in this guide, it is known to be most effective and helping the body balance hormones if take 6 months or longer.

      Consider also a high-quality omega-3 supplement like FertilicaTM Cod Liver Oil, and do stay hydrated with water, herbal tea, or coconut water.

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    I have been trying to detox from the birth control patch, Xulane, after I quickly gained 20lbs after taking it several months. It has been 90 days since I have had a period, since quitting it…I’m desperate to start losing this weight from the hormones, and to get my period back. Would Vitex be helpful for this?

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    Am 34 years old .me and my husband almost 5 years trying have to baby,but not yet.and I have hermone imbalances & ovulation problem too. So can I take vitex capsules? How money days? Please give me suggestions… am now so stress full about this issues..

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    Can I use Vitex to help with hot flushes from menopause?
    I am 55 years.
    Cheers Sharon

    • Dear Sharon,

      It may be worth a try, but we can not be certain it will help. Consider also learning about the homeopathic remedy Lachesis Mutus and the essential oil Clary Sage. It may help to cut back on the caffeine you consume, and processed foods. Try to keep your bedroom cool at night and wear layers of clothes… all of this you may already know.

      Consider also learning more about Seed Cycling. We are not affiliated, but Dr. Jolene Brighten offers a guide here…

      Take care!

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    Hi, i just read this article regarding PCOS. I’ve been diagnose with PCOS when i was 27 years old. I have been on taking diane pills to cure and regulate my menstraul cycle.

    I am now 32 years old and i stopped on taking diane pills since i was 30. i still suffering the symtoms of PCOS and not concieving to be pregnant. I been 3 years married, and we are hoping to have a baby. How can i purchase the VITEX to cure my PCOS since i was leaving here in our country Philippines.

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    I was wondered how long can I use Vitex and myoinostol? I have PCOS and dysmenorea and I quit pills in August 2017. I started to take vitex capsules 500mg in September and inositol in October. I restored ovulation in December 2017. I still take it, because my period is still irregular but last 3 months was getting shorter ( around 35 days). I´m not sure if it is right to continue using these suplements. Thanks for your answer!

    • Dear Veronika,

      This is outstanding to hear!

      Vitex and myo-inositl can be take long term. In general it is at around one year of use that we suggest weaning off of Vitex to see how the body maintains balance on its own (if you have repeatedly seen regularity).

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    I’ve been diagnosed with PCOS when i was only 14 y/o. I have been on bc pill since 2014.

    I am now 24 and have stopped on taking bc pills since January 2018. I got my period in Februray, then that’s it. It’s been 65 dyas since my last period.

    I first started taking Vitex 14 April 2018 (Nature’s Way brand, 3 x 400mg capsules in a day). I took an ovulation test on 21st April (1 week after taking Vitex) and the ovu test came out to be strongly positive.

    When can i expect my period to come then? Is it ok to lower my dose to 2 or even 1 capsule a day once i get on my period?

    Im in a long distance relationship and my partner will be home in July-August. Been TTC since January. 🙂

    • Dear Sue,

      Vitex is best taken consistently over time. In general we suggest at minimum three months (often longer), while also following a PCOS Fertility Diet and making additional lifestyle changes.

      I can not know when your period will come as it takes the body time to both detoxify from long-term birth control use and return to balance with PCOS. It’s going to be best to stay consistent with your healthy whole food diet, daily exercise and supplement program, including Vitex.

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    hi Elizabeth
    how many drops of liquid extract in 200mg..? i was told that 200mg is a safe dose for Vitex
    thank you

    • Dear EliB,

      200mg is a low dose for Vitex. May I know who told you this? General suggested use is often 900-1000mg daily. 60 drops of FertilicaTM Vitex Liquid Extract is equivalent to roughly 1000mg of Vitex.

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    Hi im Hazel, i would like to ask if it is safe to take royal jelly vitex and milk thistle at the same time?
    When do i start taking Vitex ? i havent had my period yet for the month of April.

    • Hello Hazel!

      Royal Jelly, Vitex and Milk Thistle can be taken together. This is fine!

      In the absence of pregnancy, Vitex can be started at any time. Suggested use is that is be taken all cycle long without taking a break.

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    HI I am 40 years old. I have three children 16,12 and 1 years old. Between my 16 and 12 year olds I suffered 2 miscarriages. For my last two pregnancies I had to take progesterone supplements up till week 20 because of low progesterone levels and frequent spotting. I began vitex last month on the day after my period. Tomorrow would be period day but I got a positive pregnancy result this morning. Doctors wont see pregnant patients till 8 weeks. My question is should I continue vitex until I get to see the doctor? I really don’t want my levels to drop dramatically and cause a miscarriage.

    • Dear Danielle,

      Congratulations! I am wondering if they would want to see you sooner given your history of miscarriage and need for progesterone supplementation in your last pregnancy. If it were me, I would ask this and try to get in, or contact a midwife near you.

      With having a history of recurrent miscarriage, it is especially important to seek guidance for weaning off of herbs. That said, Vitex can be continued into early pregnancy. With past miscarriages, it has been shown that continuing Vitex until at least 2 weeks past the last weeks’ gestation of the previous miscarriage (if the previous miscarriage occurred at 8 weeks, continue the formula until at least 10 weeks).

      I hope you can find someone near you to work with and guide you.

      Again, Congratulations!

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    I suffer from pcos haven’t had a period in 2 1/2 months and ttc. I was wondering how many mg of vitex should I take. Should I take it with ovasitol to increase my chances?

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    Im 35 years old and been diagnosed with Adenomyosis. Me and my husband is been trying to have a baby for years now. I’ve been using Nature’s Answer Vitex (Agnus-Castus) Chastetree Berry Single Herb 40 mg capsules for weeks now. As what I have read, recommended daily dose is 900-1,000mg a day but this certain brand is only 40mg as per bottle indicates. I just want to ask how many capsule do I have to take? Please help.

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    hi i am almost 33 and seem to not be getting pregnant, been trying for two years now i had one depo shot once in 2016 and gyno claims i have fribriods another said adyomayosis however those words are spelt. what i want to know is can i take vitrex and it will get me pregnant, i have regular periods but no luck, i am worried maybe i am barren. thanks for any feed back

    • Dear Anitte,

      While Vitex is work learning more about, it is not likely all you will need to consider in order to increase chances of conception. It would help to know whether you have uterine fibroids or adenomyosis. Either way, Improving Uterine Health for Fertility, Conception and Implantation is very important.

      It will also help to learn when you ovulate each cycle. With a regular cycle, ovulation should happen 12-14 days after the first day of the cycle, the first day of a period. Here is A Comprehensive Guide Explaining Ovulation Tracking Tools to help you learn more.

      I would not worry about being barren before age 33, rather focus on positive thinking, healing the uterus and learning when you ovulate each cycle so you can be actively trying to conceive just before and on that day.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    I was diagnosed with hypo thyroid(hashi) and PCOS 4 years back. I am 28. I have been taking synthroid since 4 years. My TSH levels are always normal but recent anti bodies levels were 836. I went gluten and soy free since a year. My periods are irregular too. I have been wanting to try vitex but is it okay to combine synthroid with vitex? and if yes what would be the best time to take vitex? I have been following this site and its really helpful! Thanks!

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    I am 41 years old and I’ve been trying to get pregnant for the past 4 years. I was recently diagnosis with fibroid with sometimes painful menstruation and since 2 months ago, I’ve been experiencing heavy bleeding. I have tried weight loss from 83kg to 65kg now, and I am also taking some herbal capsule like Raspberry Ketones, Milk thistle, Dandelion, and B-Complex. I want to add vitex starting tomorrow to the list. Is it okay to add vitex or should I stop the other ones and just continue with vitex and B-complex? Thank you