Taking Vitex and Endometriosis?

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Taking Vitex and Endometriosis?

Postby AndiA108 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:48 am

Hey ladies,

I wanted to see if anyone with Endometriosis is using Vitex? My periods are irregular and I looked into the supplement. The only thing is I read this one part: "Hormone-sensitive condition such as endometriosis; uterine fibroids; or cancer of the breast, uterus, or ovaries: Vitex agnus-castus can affect hormones and might affect estrogen levels. Don’t use vitex agnus-castus if you have a hormone-sensitive condition."

So now I think it might be for the best not to use it. I should mention I have never been formally diagnosed with endometriosis. My doctor suspects I have it or have started to develop it, based on seeing some blood filled cysts on my ovaries. She said the only way to determine for sure if I have it is if we did a laparoscopy procedure to examine some tissue. She wanted to wait until I have been trying for a year, she said if I have trouble conceiving then we would do the procedure. :(


Anyway, any thoughts on taking vitex? Or any other suggestions? I have irregular periods so that's why I'm looking into Vitex.

Thanks!
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Re: Taking Vitex and Endometriosis?

Postby Tina03 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:24 pm

Hey AndiA, here we meet again!

I do have endometriosis and was diagnosed with a laparoscopy when i had so much pain i couldn't stand it and cysts on my ovaries (blood filled ones), that wouldn't disappear. The pain got better after, but the cysts came back and was told to again go for surgery, but i decided not to for now. And I'm taking vitex, which is perfect for women with those problems. Usually women with endometriosis have too much estrogen and an over functioning immunesystem, vitex helps balance the hormones. I honestly feel much better on it, less pain, less PMS and my luteal phase which was close to being short got 2 more days last cycle. I think of course if your hormones are balanced, vitex might has nothing to correct, so won't make a big difference, but if there is an imbalance, it will help. It only supports your body by producing the right hormones, it doesn't add any hormones by itself, but does favor progesterone (that's why it's good for women with too much estrogen)! It's a natural remedy with no bad side effects i heard of, nor do i have any so far. You can always stop if it's not doing what it's supposed to do, it won't screw up anything permanently. I recommend though to take a break during your period (about 5 days), cause it can cause a stronger flow and especially with endo you don't want to add anymore blood to the cysts or other endo parts.

Hope this helps!
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Re: Taking Vitex and Endometriosis?

Postby AndiA108 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:43 am

Oh wow! Thanks for the tip Tina! I had no idea. I think I'll give it a try then. I could really use some regularity!
ME: 29, DH: 31
TTC #1 since November 2014

01/2014 - MC 6wks
12/2015 - MC 5wks
2 Rounds Clomid 50mg - BFN
(NTNP Feb 2016 - April 2016)
09/2016 - Round 3 Clomid 50mg + 200mg CoQ10 3xs Day
10/2016 - Clomid Challenge Test 100mg - Responded well
11/2016 - Clomid 100mg - BFP 12/03/2016 -- Ended in a miscarriage: 12/22/2016

3 months after our miscarriage... 03/22/2017 - Unexpected BFP. Praying this is our rainbow baby.
04/11/2017 - 6w5d saw the heartbeat!
04/19/2017 - 8w5d heartbeat still strong @ 178 :D
06/28/2017 - It's a boy! <3

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Re: Taking Vitex and Endometriosis?

Postby Tina03 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:12 pm

Ya try it and let me know if it helps you too :-)
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Re: Taking Vitex and Endometriosis?

Postby Preciouslittleone » Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:49 am

Hi there, I too have been diagnosed 7 years ago with endo. I had a mirena coil fitted shortly after and had it taken out in February so we could start ttc. I've been taking vitrex this month as well as progesterone cream post ovulation. My lp phase was a little short previously so I hope it might be a little longer with these changes. Let me know how you are getting on with your vitrex and lp phase :) xx
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Re: Taking Vitex and Endometriosis?

Postby hope2heal » Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:09 pm

IRS best to go to a homeopath if you want to use herbs esp for sensitive conditions like ours...though we have one ailment in common we are extremely different and we should rather have a professional give the cirrect comb of herbs according to our individual make up....just my opininon i have a long history with alt meds and endo....
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Re: Taking Vitex and Endometriosis?

Postby Tina03 » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:12 pm

I do agree to not randomly take anything or combinations of herbs (cancels or contradicts each other/wouldn't know with one actually helped). You do need to do your research and try something that seems to fit you. I worked for a homeopathic doctor and learned a lot there. That's were my interest for natural treatments and nutrition comes from. I do a lot research on these things too. Of course not one remedy works for everybody. But I can say from what I learned about endo, vitex can help and is worth trying out in regards of an estrogen dominace or short luteal phases. It doesn't harm you and if it's not working it wasn't the right treatment. Of course professional help will get you there faster. But even a homeopath has to sometimes figure out which one works for you and not always is the first treatment the one that helps and will recommend a different one (speaking from exp.).

Also not everyone has money and access to get treated by nutritionists or homeopaths etc. Any advice can help and encourage you to research it and see if it's a good fit for you. I'm glad I heard about it and looked into it, it helped me and I give this further to other people so if at least one has success with it, I'm happy.
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2016 Oct 10 - MC at 5-6 weeks, BFP @ 9dpo, Beta @ 4w 199

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