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PCOS and vitex is a topic that intrigues me.
Including myself, I personally know at least 5 women with PCOS who have had success using vitex (also known as chasteberry) to get pregnant.
My original intent in using vitex was to regulate my periods (which I also know has worked for many others). I had not had regular periods for several years, and would go nearly a year without one at all.
Obviously, it’s well documented that missing periods for extended lengths of time carries health risks. No bueno.
When I learned about PCOS and vitex I decided it was well worth a try.
[Disclaimer, I am in no way a doctor or medical professional. This is information I found via my own research and may not be the right choice for all people. Always seek medical advice from your own medical professional before making any changes to your lifestyle or treatment plan.]
I started taking vitex in the spring of 2012 after losing roughly 30 pounds. Within a few weeks of taking it my periods started to return. I was pretty pleased with that.
Imagine my surprise and delight, however, when a mere 6 or so months later I was naturally pregnant with my first child!
Amazed doesn’t begin to touch how I felt.
While I can’t say for sure that vitex was the key to successful conception (I was doing many other things like closely monitoring my blood sugar) I feel certain it helped.
What is Vitex?
Vitex is a berry that grows on a flowering shrub.
It is believed to help with many conditions including menstrual irregularities and infertility in women.
It is available as a supplement in several forms including liquid capsules.
The reason PCOS and vitex make sense together is that many women with PCOS also suffer from low progesterone.
It is believed that vitex (or chasteberry) is able to correct menstrual irregularities and increase chances of pregnancy in infertile women due to its ability to balance and stabilize hormones and increase progesterone in the body and encourage ovulation.
Vitex is also known to help reduce prolactin and excess androgens in the body which may also relieve many PCOS related symptoms such as acne and hirsutism.
Concerns with PCOS and Vitex?
As promising as vitex may be for many women suffering from PCOS, it is important that individual research is done to make sure that there are no contraindications for taking vitex (or chasteberry).
For instance, some women with PCOS suffer from too much luteinizing hormone. Since vitex is known to raise levels of luteinizing hormone it could do more harm than good in that situation.
Have you had success with PCOS and vitex?
Let me know in the comments below!
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