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VITEX

Postby happymedium » Wed May 11, 2011 6:20 pm

I dont understand why women who are trying to conceive use Vitex...it can really screw up your system and prevent pregnancy.
It helps expel afterbirth ( something you don't want when trying to get pregnant...you want a nice lining)
and it decreases Estrogen levels and raises progesterone....if anything it should be used to bring on AF....I was going to try it until I read all the estrogenic effects on the female hormones and uterus... I would think twice about using it ladies.
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Postby rkegreen » Wed May 11, 2011 6:28 pm

I used it and it helped me O on CD57. it works for some. People will take what they want from it.
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Postby bistin » Wed May 11, 2011 6:54 pm

I think vitex is used more for irregular periods, right? For a girl who gets a period every 6 months would you suggest vitex or soy iso?
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Postby MaybeLater » Thu May 12, 2011 3:57 am

It also helps for people who have elevated prolactin levels(like me), which can prevent pregnancy. I've tried it before and it does work. My doctor was amazed to see a $8 herb do what $130 medication can.
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Postby AngLynn » Thu May 12, 2011 5:29 am

I used it with mixed results. The first 6 months or so I used it, it regulated me a lot better than I would have been without it. I can't really say it was the Vitex alone because I was taking Cinnamon as well (to lower blood sugar after eating) and I think that also helped me.
But after the 6 month mark my periods became further and further apart. It seemed like my body was getting used to the Vitex or something.. or maybe it wasnt working at all
So I stopped taking it for a while and when my cycles became WAYY too long I started taking it again and lo and behold less than 2 weeks later I got AF after over 100 days of nothing
Im not 100% sure that the Vitex had anything to do with anything. I never got any side effects from it like I did from taking vitamins lol. My mom gave me some geriatric vitamins they were going to throw away at her work but I didnt realize they contained so much iron. Well when AF came again (TMI coming) the blood looked ORANGE. Like clown-wig orange lol Scared the hell out of me
BUT Im getting off the subject. I dont think Vitex is that harmful but due to the estrogen effects you should stop taking it immediately after getting a bfp.. just in case you have a boy you dont want to screw up hormones for the little guy : /

So in my opinion, if you have TERRIBLY LONG cycles then I would reccomend Vitex just because it can give you shorter cycles. If a woman only ovulates 3 times a year then obviously its going to give her a better chance of getting pregnant if she can make her body ovulate more frequently !
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Postby Laticauda » Thu May 12, 2011 10:15 am

Not every treatment is for every woman. Some women have what is called estrogen dominance. This can cause anovulation, as well as other problems related to fertility and your cycle. Vitex is a good thing for these women because they have too much estrogen.

Soy Iso is something that helps increase estrogen, so women like me who have estrogen dominance, this would just compound the problem.

It depends on what is ailing you as to what you should take to help fix the problem. I recommend talking to your doctor before trying any of these, to make sure you are taking the right one for your particular situation.

If I were to take soy, it would REALLY screw me up. Red clover is another phytoestrogen that women with estrogen dominance should avoid. I don't even eat bean curd, even though it's SOO GOOD. I also don't drink soy milk, but instead almond milk.
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Postby hunnybunny23 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:51 pm

i used vitex on and off for 5 years it helped with my cycles, they were very long and annovulatory when using vitex i have a normal length cycle. women use vitex who have pcos and long cycles and i believe it has helped a lot of women including myself
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Postby greytsharonly » Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:29 am

How do you know if you are estrogen dominant? I've had all of the b/w but the re didn't mention anything except high fsh.
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Postby virginiaplain » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:39 pm

Vitamin B6 also helps with estrogen dominance. In fact, many women who were on the BCP are estrogen dominant and end up with B6 deficiencies. Vitex works for many women, but it's sort of like taking caffeine when you're tired. It will work to correct your symptoms, but it can also cause a crash. Some of these issues can be corrected with supplements rather than vitex - things like B-complex, magnesium, zinc, vit. c, etc. With that being said, many women love vitex and do quite well with it.
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Postby hunnybunny23 » Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:44 am

also i would like to add i would prefer to take herbal supplements which are natural and help rather than medications
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Re: VITEX

Postby Waitingmama » Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:01 am

Hey hope I am not too late but this information could help other people.

Vitex works for some women and doesn't work for some. Our Anatomy is different.

That said vitex has been shown to help women suffering from short luteal phase, PMS, Low progestrone,hormonal imbalance. Some women swear by it. This is a good read

http://conceivesuccess.com/vitex-for-fertility/

You have to take Vitex for atleast 3-6 months before you can see a lasting effect
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