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Postby majestixangel » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:00 am

Thanks. I dont plan on doing clomid or anything till late this fall. So I'm hoping I'll see a difference so I can completely skip the clomid. lol. I am gonna get the 1000mg once a day, and give it a try. Can u see my chart??
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Postby mrsh03 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:13 pm

I can see your chart. I would recommend temping w/ OPK's. It really helps you to understand your body and sxs.
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Sept 2011- early m/c BFP 9DPO Beta 11
Dec 2011- early m/c BFP 13DPO Beta 8
Jan 2012 BFP @ 9DPO EDD 10/4/12
1st Beta 13DPO= 193
2nd Beta 15DPO= 425
6 weeks :hb: 124, 10 weeks :hb: 180, 14 weeks :hb: 156, 30 weeks :hb: 132, 32 weeks :hb: 144
Pre-O: Wondfo OPK's, Prenatal, Folic, Mag/Cal/Zinc, L-arginine, Vitex, EPO, Preseed, Instead Cups
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Postby JazzBaby » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:35 pm

Hi ladies!!

majestixangel - I am taking Vitex. I bought the Nature's Way brand and each pill is 400 mg. The bottle says to take 2-3x a day. I take it 3x a day that is a total of 1200 mg. Ive been taking it for a little over a week now and still not sight of AF or ovulation. I hear Vitex is good an that it works, just that it takes a while. I read the recommended dosage for Vitex is 1000mg so if you find a pill that is 1000mg i would take that one since you would have to take it once a day. You should check this link below. Its a page of natural herbs and talks about Vitex. Also, check the blog and testimonials. Its a great website. The fertility specialist gives feedback. I will also add the link of Maca so you can see the comparison for both. I was researching both. Good luck. Here is the link:
http://natural-fertility-info.com/vitex
http://natural-fertility-info.com/is-it ... vitex.html
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Postby majestixangel » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:00 am

Thanks, All I could find was 80mg and 100mg pills. so I went with the tincture mixture. 1ml=33 drops. 1ml=1000mg. This is what I understand from the bottle. So if I'm correct ill need about 40-60 drops a day.
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Postby mrsh03 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:04 am

Beware...the drops are GROSS!!! I used them the first cycle I used Vitex bc the store was out of the pill. I was putting it my tea, but found the best way was to drop some in my strong veg/fruit juice and drink it like a shot and have some water to wash it down after, lol. I did about 15 drops 3x a day, so about 45, but it was never precise, the downside to this method. I think between 40-60 drops a day sounds right on.
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Sept 2011- early m/c BFP 9DPO Beta 11
Dec 2011- early m/c BFP 13DPO Beta 8
Jan 2012 BFP @ 9DPO EDD 10/4/12
1st Beta 13DPO= 193
2nd Beta 15DPO= 425
6 weeks :hb: 124, 10 weeks :hb: 180, 14 weeks :hb: 156, 30 weeks :hb: 132, 32 weeks :hb: 144
Pre-O: Wondfo OPK's, Prenatal, Folic, Mag/Cal/Zinc, L-arginine, Vitex, EPO, Preseed, Instead Cups
Post-O: All supplements above, except no EPO, 200mg prometrium, low dose aspirin
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Postby JazzBaby » Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:31 pm

I have never tried the drops. I am afraid it wont taste good as mrsh03 mentions. I take the pill form, I was able to find it in Amazon.
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Postby majestixangel » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:35 pm

I just made a glass of juice and put it in that, killed most of the taste. good old orange juice. lol. I dont know when to stop taking them tho lol. CD 18? I had a long cycle last one but the one before was 34 day cycle. then the 4-6 weeks before that was the miscarriage wait.
PCOS-12 years, Endometriosis (removed Dec 2007)
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M/C= Twins Jan. & Feb. 2012
DS- Damion Robert Thomas 07/03/10
Currently TTC #2 =Currently on Vitex 1000mg, Clomid in Fall 2012, and Prometrium as soon as I get a BFP till 12 weeks
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Postby JazzBaby » Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:11 pm

I am glad you were able to find something in which kills the taste. I did alot of research on Vitex before taking it. It is suggested to stop take Vitex when you get a BFP. It is suggested to just wean yourself from it by taking less and less in the next 1-2 weeks after the BFP. It you just stop from one day to the other you might shock your body and progesterone can drop. You dont want that to happen because you need progesterone to sustain the pregnancy until the placenta takes over. What I plan to do when I get my BFP is to wean myself and ask my doctor for progesterone suppositories. I read the suppositores are better than the cream and the pill form because it takes longer to get into the body. It is also suggested to stop Vitex when you get your period this way the body works on its own and takes some rest from Vitex.

I wish you the best of luck. I hope we both get out BFP soon! I am waiting for either O or AF. No sign of neither. I am on CD 65 (longest cycle ever)...YIKES!! I am taking Vitex to see if it regulates me and brings down AF so I can start a new cycle ot have me O so I can be in the 2 week wait. I've been taking Vitex, tomorrow (Sunday) will be 2 weeks. I read it takes time to work. I am keeping my fingers crossed. If not, I am setting up an appointment with my OBGYN next month so she can prescribe Provera to bring down AF and reset my system.Which ever way I look at it, its frustrating.

Anyhow, again Good luck!!
7/1/11 = M/C @ 6wks 6 days
9/1/12 = BFP @ 9 DPO
9/19/12 = :hb: 99 bpm (6 weeks 0 days)
12/28/12 = :hb: 153 bpm (20 weeks 2 days) - Team Blue
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Postby majestixangel » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:07 pm

I think I am going to do the same and take till af or wean myself at a bfp. Im going on progesterone supplements as soon as I get a bfp as well.
PCOS-12 years, Endometriosis (removed Dec 2007)
Ovarian Drilling/Laparoscopy May 2009
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M/C= Twins Jan. & Feb. 2012
DS- Damion Robert Thomas 07/03/10
Currently TTC #2 =Currently on Vitex 1000mg, Clomid in Fall 2012, and Prometrium as soon as I get a BFP till 12 weeks
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Postby Betti » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:52 am

Hey girls!
I need some informed advice.
Sorry if the following is TMI:

I have abnormally light periods: I lightly bleed for about 6 to 18 hours (in total about enough to moderately fill 1 normal pad) and then I spot for about 3-4 days afterwards. This is even lighter than ON BCP. Before BCP I bled moderately for about 3 full days and spotted quite a bit for 2-3 days after that. My pre and post BC periods are very regular though (cycles are 31-32 days).

My OB said this could happen for about the 1st 2 periods after stopping BC but it's been 6 and still no change. However, I have yet to make my yearly appointment with him (he is on holiday) and after that I have to wait at east 2-3 months to see him (he is very busy). I have been reading a lot about Vitex and am considering getting some in the hope that it will improve my amount of flow due to an improved uterine lining. A few questions:

I obviously haven't talked to my doctor yet, but am pretty sure my problem is a hormonal imbalance (I have other symptoms as well). Is Vitex safe to use? If I have another problem like PCOS or something, can Vitex make it worse?

My luteal phase is already normal(13-14 days)...will Vitex lengthen it? I really don't want longer cycles!

Does it have any negative side effects? Like mid-cycle spotting, headaches, severe AF cramps, etc.?

Do you think Vitex is the right way for me to go, given my descriptions above?

Thanks a lot ladies!
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Postby JazzBaby » Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:58 pm

Hi Betti,

I am no doctor but I dont think Vitex will be for you. Vitex is more for people with irregular cycles. Vitex is used to balance hormones but its more known to regulate ovulation. It seems to me as if you have regular cycles, 31-32 day cycles is pretty normal. I dont know what herb or vitamin to recommend but I would say try this website below to see the different herbs and vitamins that might be able to help.
http://natural-fertility-info.com/

I have read that Vitex can make your menstrual irregular if you are regular. Its more recommend for irregular cycles. Before taking Vitex I would research it or talk to your doctor.

Good luck!
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9/1/12 = BFP @ 9 DPO
9/19/12 = :hb: 99 bpm (6 weeks 0 days)
12/28/12 = :hb: 153 bpm (20 weeks 2 days) - Team Blue
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Postby mrsh03 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:30 pm

I had what I thought were normal cycles, but it wasn't until I saw a weird pattern in my bbt that I thought I would benefit from Vitex. I was seeing huge drops in my bbt after O, which made me think that my hormones were just a bit off. I did not have lining issues or spotting or irregular cycles. My cycles were between 28-33 days. It didn't mess with my LP either.

I think you should definitely talk to your doctor, but I would recommend charting your bbt and read up on how to improve your lining. I tried Raspberry Tea Leaf in tea form and supplement, but it was only for a few cycles. That can help tone your uterus and improve lining, I believe. Vitex worked for me, saw an improvement in my temps after just a couple cycles.
Me (Mari)-34**DH-33**DD-3**DS-Born 9/27/12
Sept 2011- early m/c BFP 9DPO Beta 11
Dec 2011- early m/c BFP 13DPO Beta 8
Jan 2012 BFP @ 9DPO EDD 10/4/12
1st Beta 13DPO= 193
2nd Beta 15DPO= 425
6 weeks :hb: 124, 10 weeks :hb: 180, 14 weeks :hb: 156, 30 weeks :hb: 132, 32 weeks :hb: 144
Pre-O: Wondfo OPK's, Prenatal, Folic, Mag/Cal/Zinc, L-arginine, Vitex, EPO, Preseed, Instead Cups
Post-O: All supplements above, except no EPO, 200mg prometrium, low dose aspirin
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