It was PM on Tuesday, December 8, I started a new job two months prior, so I was assuming that it may have just been the stress from the transition and new workload. I did not start my menstrual cycle until I was 16, and the only reason I remember, is because it arrived on my 16th birthday— happy Sweet Sixteen to me, right? Nonetheless, from the start, I did not menstruate normally. I could go months and sometimes up to a year without a monthly cycle.
The pain was so unbearable at times, that I had a standing prescription for pain meds and would miss school, and later work, regularly. The first time that my parents suspected that something may be wrong was on December 29th, I was laying in the bed when a level of pain and discomfort I had never experienced took over my body.
I cried out and my younger brother ran to get my parents. Eventually the pain subsided and I was discharged. She began to explain what the condition was and that I would never be able to conceive a child without fertility treatment, and even with the treatment, my chances were still very low. At 25, I was in no way thinking of becoming a mother, but the news devastated me; I knew that I eventually did want to experience motherhood.
A few days later, my mother and I were out shopping and we came across a bunch of kittens who were in need of homes. In an attempt to lift my spirits, she adopted the kitten for me, and hoped that the nurture, love and care I would have to give this kitten, would somewhat help with my current circumstance.
As the years passed, I continued to struggle with my hormonal imbalance and extremely irregular cycle. In January ofI was spending a lovely evening in the house with my boyfriend. We had just finished dinner and were watching a movie. Out of nowhere, I began to feel a strange pain. I barely made it to the bathroom before I was on the ground in a pain so similar to what I had felt in ; only this time, it was even worse. Again, I cried out in agony and my boyfriend came rushing to my side.
Terrified himself at what was happening to me, he immediately dialed Of course we were in the middle of a snowstorm, so it took the ambulance what felt like forever to arrive. After a few hours in the hospital, the doctor was finally able to pinpoint what had happened— one of my cysts had ruptured.
We are also now sure, that this was what I had experienced 6 years prior, only this time, they were able to discover it because my medical information mentioned my PCOS. They kept me there a bit longer and once the pain completely subsided, my boyfriend and I were able to go home.
After that horrific experience, I decided I had to do something. I spent weeks, days and hours searching the internet for answers. Finally, I came across a natural herb supplement called Vitex. It claimed to assist with PCOS, by naturally balancing your hormones not actually pushing hormones into your system and regulating your cycle.
After extensive research for several days, I decided to give it a try. I am now 6, almost 7 months pregnant with a growing, overly active and healthy baby boy!! Each day I am in disbelief that I have this miracle growing inside of me.Log in Sign up.
Home Community Getting pregnant Getting pregnant. Hi ladies, I randomly did a test this morning and got a BFP! So very excited however I was spotting all last week so I thought it was my AF and took my Vitex every morning Thompsons as I was having irregular cycles lately. I now need to wean myself off it.
Have any of you done this before? How did you wean yourself off? I have Blackmores Vitex as well so i was going to switch to that to wean off easier.HOW I CONCEIVED MY CHILDREN WITH PCOS AND LUTEAL PHASE DEFECT
So freaking excited though! Add a comment. Comments 5 Add a comment. That's awesome! I don't believe that you have to wean immediately. I'm sure they can give you best guidance. Thanks KD. Any advice is good advice for me currently :. Board Hopping- Congratulations! I don't know if I'm prone as this is my first pregnancy so I'm weaning off. I'm finishing my bottle of Thompson's 1 a day then moving to blackmores as they are smaller, will then take half a blackmores then drop to nothing at 12 weeks.
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Become a member - Sign up. I just started vitex and i am going to take it all cycle long. Have any of you used vitex? How much did you take? I started taking vitex during the cycle I first got my BFP. I liked the way it starting leveling out my cycle, which is normally pretty sporadic.
I was trying for 2 years and couldn't conceive because of irregular cycles. I had read that vitex could regulate your cycle so I started taking it. I got pregnant the same month, but it was probably because we had also decided to take a break. I just started trying again and I take vitex the whole cycle.
Even if I'm not preggers it is worth it. Good luck! I take mg a day mg pills, 2 in the am, 1 in the pm. I have been ovulating on my own, but my cycles are quite long so I am hoping this will help regulate them a little.
I read that it can take up to 3 months to start taking full affect, but lots of ladies notice changes in the first month. Last cycle I ovulated on CD23, so I'm hoping this cycle is a little sooner.
What about you? Me and dh have been having unprotected sex for about five years and I have never gotten pregnant. Dh has a child from a previous relationship so I knew all a long it was me.
I took opks last month for the first month and I never got a positive opk. I started seeing a naturopath who recommended taking vitex so here I am.
I take about mg a day. I started on cd1 and I noticed that I am having a lot of blood clots. My periods range from days so I need a little regulation as well.We strive to provide you with a high quality community experience. If you feel a message or content violates these standards and would like to request its removal please submit the following information and our moderating team will respond shortly. After ttc for 8 months with no luck and irregular cycles I started natures way vitex.
First month 30 day cycle and I got pregnant the second month on it and quit my vitex cold turkey after my BFP. This time I took it throughout my entire pregnancy till the day I delivered and still take during breastfeeding I have had zero postpartum depression once again because my hormone levels have been regulated by the vitex. My baby is in the 95th percentile for weight and height and is happy and healthy.
I just have done so so so much research on Vitex and I just want to spread the good news for any moms with irregular cycles and trouble conceiving. I took mg natures way vitex TTC—same dose through 1st tri, dropped down to two a day till I delivered and continue same dose. If anyone has any questions like I said I have researched this herb for countless hours and happy to help.
Just stick with it girl. Religiously take it and My guess is you will get your BFP here soon. I bookmarked this post so please keep me updated! I got pregnant with my July baby the second cycle on Vitex. I need to remember that next time. Just started taking it again to try to 2! I just started taking vitex this cycle and it's already moved up ovulation by 5 days!
I'm a little nervous though because my acupuncturist recommended me stopping it once I get bfp. I've heard stories like yours where people have miscarried because they stopped. She said the doctor will need to test my progesterone and will then prescribe me progesterone if needed.
I would do what your gut tells you. But I can promise you I took it everyday throughout my entire pregnancy and my baby is a picture of health. If you really feel uncomfortable with it, I would ask your acupuncturist to get you natural progesterone cream to start immediately after you quit taking the vitex. That may work too. But I say keep taking it at least through the first trimester and then slowly ween off if you feel you should. Good luck girl! Same thing. Had really long cycles and delayed ovulation but a normal luteal phase.
After 8 months started vitex it regulated my period and third month got my BFP. I weaned off it after my first dr appt though at 6weeks along. Can you give me some insight on that? Remember, all vitex does is stimulate your pituitary gland hormone regulating gland to function properly.
I believe that just as it balances estrogen and progesterone it also balances your prolactin levels as well. Also, when you give birth, your hormones go all crazy adjusting to not being pregnant anymore.
I think the vitex keeps your mood stable and your brain clear so you can skip all those crazy emotions that arise due to hormone imbalance. He is 15 months old now. I took it until I saw signs leading up to ovulating.Today is CD1 again. And now So I'm wanting to add something new this cycle. I don't know if it was that or my timing was better, but it probably doesn't hurt to try. It's supposed to take a few cycles before working, and I think all it really does is regulate your O date, so if that's not a problem for you I'm not sure it's worth it.
Have you talked to your doc yet? Mine tested me for thyroid issues I was about 2 days pg already but we didn't know.
We found I am hypothyroid which is really important to treat when you are pregnant and can get your cycles out of whack too. Just a thought! After my miscarriage I started taking Fertilaid which containe vitex and vitamins. I was hoping it would help get my cycle back on track and extend my lp. I was taking the recommened dose, which was three capsules a day. Kelly, Mom to Christopher Shannon 9. Secondary infertility success with IVF, then two losses, one at 14 weeks and one at 10 weeks, then success with IUI and then just pure, crazy luck.
Expecting our fifth in May as the result of a FET. This Cluttered Life. I totally understand your frustration. I had tons of bloodwork and and HSG and all were normal. I took two tablets I cannot remember the mg - sorry and that was my BFP cycle. It could very well be coincidence but it was cycle 8 and FWP wasn't even the best. Good Luck. And so sorry about the CD 1. It's heartbreaking.Log in Sign up. Home Community Getting pregnant Trying for a baby. Vitex stories!!!!!
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Good and bad! I have low progesterone and started taking mg CD1! Add a comment. I love vitex! Lengthened my Lp, made sex better and keeps my endo in check by boosting my progesterone. Nothing but good here! I tried it one month and got pregnant that month - however the supplement I was taking have me the runs really bad! So I stopped taking it at 3 dpo and miscarried that bean at 5 weeks. I tried progesterone cream and B vitamins the next month and got pregnant again and this one is sticking so far, I'll be 8 weeks on Monday and feeling wonderfully like shit lol.
Countryliving2 Original poster. Jenn - did you have spotting days prior to your period each month?
This is what I'm experiencing. Sorry tmi! Hopefully vitex can bring a bfp my way! Congrates on your pregnancy :!! I haven't noticed any side effects so far. It's my first cycle trying it, so I don't have any success story to share yet.
Vitex mg this month. My boobs have become very tender and swollen. Spotting was reduced from to Just started my period today so I can't say if it's lighter or heavier then usual!
I ordered progesterone cream for next cycle, see how that goes!!!Vitex Vitex agnus-castus is a plant used in herbal medicine. Also known as chaste tree or chasteberry, it's often taken as a remedy for women's health problems.
Vitex may influence hormone levels in a number of ways. For example, it's said to promote the release of luteinizing hormone and, in turn, increase levels of progesterone a hormone known to play a key role in regulating the menstrual cycle. Vitex is also thought to affect levels of prolactin, which is involved in stimulating breast development and milk production in women.
Vitex has a long history of use as a folk remedy for a range of female conditions, such as post-partum hemorrhage and to help with the "passing of afterbirth. In addition, vitex is said to increase production of breast milk. Although there's a lack of large-scale clinical trials testing the effects of vitex, some research suggests that the herb may protect against certain health conditions.
Here's a look at several potential health benefits of vitex:. For a report published in the journal Planta Medica inresearchers reviewed 12 previously published clinical trials investigating the effects of vitex on women's health. Despite some limitations within the reviewed trials, the results indicated that vitex may be beneficial in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome.
In a more recent study published in Advances in Therapy intaking vitex once daily for three menstrual cycles appeared to reduce the intensity of premenstrual symptoms such as bloating, irritability, headache, and skin problems. The study involved 60 women, ages 18 to In a research review published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine inscientists found some evidence that vitex may alleviate menopausal symptoms.
However, the review's authors note that there is currently a lack of rigorous clinical trials testing vitex's effects in menopausal women. The study involved 93 women ages 24 to 42 who had tried unsuccessfully to conceive for six to 36 months.
Three months into the study, 26 percent of the study members treated with the vitex-containing supplement had become pregnant compared to just 10 percent of those given a placebo. This finding indicates that nutritional supplements could provide an alternative or adjunct to conventional fertility therapies, according to the study's authors.
Use of vitex should be avoided by pregnant or nursing women. In addition, people with hormone-sensitive conditions such as endometriosisuterine fibroidsand cancers of the breast, ovariesor prostate shouldn't take vitex.
Because vitex may influence levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, individuals with Parkinson's diseaseschizophrenia, or any other condition in which dopamine levels are affected should avoid vitex unless under the supervision of a qualified health professional.
In addition, there's some concern that vitex may decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy. There is not enough scientific evidence to establish a recommended dose of vitex or chasteberry. Different doses have been studied in research studies investigating the herb's effect on various conditions.