Vitex is an herb, not a hormone. However, Vitex indirectly boosts progesterone levels in the body. Women with irregular periods often have lower progesterone levels than women who have normal cycles. A low progesterone level, especially during the luteal phase, could greatly hinder fertility. This herb helps to increase the production of luteinizing hormone and to reduce follicle stimulating hormones.Women who have irregular periods, or no periods at all (amenorrhea) often have too much FSH production. The ovaries are stimulated when FSH is produced, however, when there is not enough progesterone being secreted the egg will not be released to begin ovulation. Vitex works by balancing the level of hormones in the body to correctly promote natural ovulation and menstruation. When a woman is experiencing normal and regular ovulation she is much more likely to become pregnant. This is especially true if she begins tracking her cycles (and fertile periods) with basal body temperature charting.
Should You Take Vitex to Help Fertility?
Vitex is a natural herbal remedy to help promote fertility and ovulation in women who have hormonal imbalances caused by PMS, PCOS, or other issues that affect fertility. Vitex is not a hormone or a synthetic hormone. The effects of Vitex may take four to six months to become effective. This is not to say that it will not improve fertility sooner. The average time is between four to six months, but there are reports of several women becoming pregnant before then.
Adding other herbal supplements and interventions with Vitex could also help to promote ovulation and regulate your period. Various supplements that are often used with Vitex include Maca, Wild Yam Root, Blue Cohosh Root, and Black Cohosh Root. Fertility Acupuncture has also been shown to help women regulate progesterone levels as well. Also, some women experience irregular periods due to their weight, diet, and level of exercise. If you are overweight, eat unhealthy, and/or do not exercise regularly, your cycle could be affected. Speak to your health care provider to help you to determine the cause of your irregular periods.
Suggested Usage of Vitex to Help Regulate Your Cycle and Boost Fertility
The dosage and usage of Vitex is unique for each woman. Your physiology is different and thus dosages of Vitex should typically be based upon that. Your needs should be taken into consideration by your natural fertility health care provider. Typically, Vitex is taken in the morning and can be used for up to 18 consecutive months. You can take Vitex alone or as part of a blend of other natural herbs that help to promote a regular period and to boost fertility.
Side Effects of Using Vitex as a Natural Fertility Supplement
Overall, Vitex does not have common side effects. Typically, women who take Vitex will not experience any negative side effects. However, some women may experience upset stomach, headaches, acne, difficulty sleeping, rash, and even weight gain due to Vitex. Any negative side effects caused by Vitex are rare.
It should be noted that taking Vitex while receiving IVF should be avoided. Reports show that using Vitex could negatively interfere with the effectiveness of IVF procedures. Also, women with hormone sensitive conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or hormone sensitive cancers should speak to their natural healthcare professional prior to taking Vitex. Vitex is not a hormone, but it does affect hormones in the body.
You should speak to your healthcare professional prior to using Vitex if you are being medically treated for psychiatric disorders. The beneficial effects of medications such as Haldol, Zyprexa, Seroquel, and Risperdal could be lessened with the use of Vitex.
Success Using Vitex for Fertility
Using Vitex to promote a healthy, natural, and regular period has been successful for many women for decades. Women use this herb not only for fertility reasons, but also to help balance their hormones to decrease symptoms of PMS and PCOS. Vitex is an extremely popular fertility herbal supplement. Its popularity is due to its success rate. Vitex in conjunction with other herbal supplements and natural fertility interventions has helped untold amounts of women to become pregnant without the use of fertility procedures and pharmaceutical medications.