The natural methods are always the best methods to try out before anything else, especially when it comes to things like fertility and evening out your hormones. Herbs are one natural thing that has been used for centuries to get incredible results. The power of Vitex, in particular, is astounding. Let’s take a closer look at it.
[thrive_custom_font id=’8′]What Is Vitex?[/thrive_custom_font]
Vitex comes from a beautiful plant native to Greece and Italy, the Chaste tree. Berries from this medicinal plant help to stimulate and balance the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, promoting ovulation and regular cycles, amongst other things. It has been used for centuries and is one of the most popular natural methods in Europe and Western countries.
Vitex doesn’t contain phytohormones like many other plants and herbs. This means it doesn’t have a direct effect on the endocrine system. Instead, you can expect it to have a supportive, gentle and indirect effect on the body and the pituitary gland.
This ‘master gland’ controls many bodily functions, including signaling to the ovaries to produce hormones. This is called the hormonal feedback loop. As Vitex supports the pituitary gland, your hormone balance will improve greatly with continued use.
[thrive_custom_font id=’8′]What Does Vitex Do?[/thrive_custom_font]
The herb performed well in clinical trials and was shown to increase progesterone and improve PMS symptoms. It can make your cycles more regular and is great for those who are transitioning off hormonal birth control.
The herb also increases the secretion of the luteinizing hormone, which in turn increases progesterone. Higher progesterone means better fertility in women. In a study of 45 women, 86% responded positively. They had normal or at least significantly improved progesterone levels by the end of the study.
Vitex may help to prevent miscarriage when taken during pregnancy. However, you should also use it carefully, and consult a doctor before you start.
The herb can help with milk production after having a baby, so it’s great if you’re struggling to lactate. It can help those with amenorrhea, who have not experienced a period for a while. It may reduce uterine cysts, fibroids, and endometriosis too. There are a plethora of benefits. The great thing about Vitex is the amazing safety record. There are virtually no side effects in the majority of people who take it.
[thrive_custom_font id=’8′]When Can Vitex Be Used?[/thrive_custom_font]
Vitex can be used by women who are not using hormonal birth control from age 18 onwards.
The herb can be used until menopause, but not continuously for that amount of time.
You must use the herb continuously throughout the month, and it may take anywhere from three-six months to see optimal results as it is considered a slow acting herb. However, it usually starts working within 10 days.
Vitex is best taken on an empty stomach in the morning. A capsule is easier to take than other forms, and taking 900-1000mg per day is recommended. If you take tincture then aim for 60-90 drops per day. Both of these methods offer pretty consistent results as it’s easier to control the dosage, but you can take it in forms like tea.
The taste can be quite bitter which is another reason capsules are handy. If you want to make a tea with it then it’s a good idea to blend it with other herbs to avoid the bitter taste. If you decide to take vitex in a mix of other herbs, make sure you follow the instructions.
[thrive_custom_font id=’8′]Improving Your Cycle[/thrive_custom_font]
If you’re taking to improve your cycle, you should be taking the herb for 6 months continuously. If you haven’t achieved what you want after that time, you should continue taking it. If it has been working but has stopped after this time, take a break from it. Have about a month off and then try again. This method has worked for many women who found the herb lost its effectiveness after 6 continuous months.
[thrive_custom_font id=’8′]Improving PMS[/thrive_custom_font]
If taking for PMS, you will usually notice the results by the time you have your second menstrual cycle. If you want your changes to last, you should consider taking Vitex for at least a year.
[thrive_custom_font id=’8′]Improving Fertility[/thrive_custom_font]
If you’re taking the herb for fertility purposes, starting it around 3 months before you want to get pregnant is best. This gives it plenty of time to optimize your hormone levels. Make sure you supercharge the results of Vitex by cleaning up your diet and getting your body ready for pregnancy too!
[thrive_custom_font id=’8′]Who Should Avoid Taking Vitex[/thrive_custom_font]
Vitex is very powerful, but it isn’t for everyone. It shouldn’t be taken by those who are on hormonal birth control, although it can be taken soon after coming off it.
If you get a reaction to vitex, stop taking it. Do not use Vitex with other fertility treatments, like IVF.
It can also be difficult to determine if you should take the herb for PCOS. Vitex research suggests that it can worsen some types of PCOS where the LH is high because the herb increases LH. It’s definitely worth consulting a herb specialist or doctor.
Results will depend on a number of factors for the individual, including body, diet, and hormones.
[thrive_custom_font id=’8′]Will Vitex Work For You?[/thrive_custom_font]
Vitex can work for just about anybody, but if you live an unhealthy lifestyle you may not be able to enjoy the full effects of the herb. You will need to make changes to your lifestyle if you feel low on energy, take other medications, and eat lots of processed food.
[thrive_custom_font id=’8′]Are There Any Side Effects?[/thrive_custom_font]
It’s very rare that you will experience side effects with Vitex. However, around 1-2% of people may experience skin rashes, headaches, and nausea. Bear in mind that it’s normal for the menstrual cycle to get slightly longer or shorter when you first start taking Vitex .
There’s a reason Vitex is one of the most world renowned herbs for fertility and hormones. It can help with PMS, low progesterone, lack of ovulation, irregular cycles, acne, and more. Just bear in mind that you must be consistent to get the best results!