The Dos and Don’ts of Vitex for Period Problems

Vitex or chastetree for period problems.Vitex (also called chaste tree or chasteberry) is a herbal medicine prepared from the berries of the Mediterranean tree Vitex agnus-castus. In ancient times, it was used to suppress the libido of monks, hence the name. Fortunately, it does not have that effect on women.

Vitex is effective medicine for breast pain, irregular periods, premenstrual mood symptoms, and some types of acne.

How does vitex work?

Vitex promotes ovulation by boosting dopamine and lowering prolactin. It can also relieve symptoms of high prolactin such as premenstrual mood symptoms, breast pain, acne, and facial hair.

Dos

  • Do use for PMS
    Thanks to its prolactin-lowering and calming effects on the nervous system, vitex can relieve premenstrual symptoms such as irritability, fluid retention, and breast pain. It has performed well in several clinical trials for PMS and PMDD. It can also help with perimenopausal mood symptoms.
  • Do use for breast pain
    Together with iodine, vitex can improve premenstrual breast pain and reduce lumpiness and pain.
  • Do take in the morning
    It works best in the morning because that’s when the pituitary is most responsive to vitex’s prolactin-lowering effect.
  • Do consider for irregular periods, but use caution with PCOS
    Vitex can promote ovulation and menstruation but does not work for everyone and can, in some cases, worsen PCOS. At the same time, vitex can relieve the androgen excess caused by high prolactin. Read 4 causes of androgen excess in women. Before trying vitex for hypothalamic amenorrhea, be sure to first increase food intake to at least 2500 calories per day. Read Are you eating enough to get a period?
  • Do take in the follicular phase
    Because it works by promoting ovulation, vitex should be started early in the follicular phase and then continued until day 1 of the period.
  • Do take a break every month
    Taking regular breaks from vitex can prevent attenuation of its effects.  If you have regular periods, take five days off from the first day of your period (day 1 to 5). If you don’t have regular periods, take it for 25 days, then stop for five days, then repeat until a regular cycle is established.

Don’ts

  • Don’t start too soon after stopping the oral contraceptive pill
    Upon stopping the pill, the pituitary and ovaries start to communicate with each other for the first time in years (maybe decades). It’s best to allow that communication to proceed for a few months before confusing things with vitex’s effects on the pituitary gland. For more about coming off the pill, see Period Repair Manual.
  • Don’t combine vitex with fertility medication
    Combining vitex with IVF medication can result in side effects such as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
  • Don’t take for too long
    For regulating cycles, vitex is most effective during the first three to six months of use. After that, its effects can attenuate. That’s why I usually recommend a six-month course, followed by a break to see if cycles are maintained. For premenstrual mood symptoms, it’s fine to take vitex long-term.
  • Don’t give it to teenagers
    I rarely prescribe vitex for girls younger than 18 because their hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) axis is still maturing and I don’t want to disturb it. That said, vitex is a gentler option than the pill.

Ask me in the comments.

492 thoughts on “The Dos and Don’ts of Vitex for Period Problems”

  1. Hi doc, I have been taking chasteberry supplements for about 2-3 months, with the hope of promoting fertility, been TTC and read a lot about this supplements and that can help. But since last month I find my cycle has changed to 24-25 days. My cycle has always been 28 and since taking the supplements has changed.What’s your advice on this? Am 40 years

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  2. I have pmdd and have been in birth control pills as a last resort. They help but I still get anxiety just after period ends and new pill pack is started,around 3-5 days. Will vitex help me?

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    • Vitex was a miracle cure for my PMS (I too suffered from POST rather than PRE menstrual syndrome). It needs 3 months to fully kick in, so be patient.

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  3. Hi! In the article — for regulating cycles — you mentioned, “I usually recommend a six-month course, followed by a break to see if cycles are maintained.” After the FIRST 6-month course, how long should the “break” be before I start taking chasteberry again (for the NEXT/SECOND course)? Thanks!

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    • Thanks so much for chiming in. When I wrote this several years ago, I was still working with the information that vitex can raise LH, which seemed to correlate with my clinical observation that it could worsen PCOS. More recently, I learned from Dr Fiona McCulloch that with most cases of PCOS, vitex probably slows the GnRH pulse generator and lowers LH. I’m still nervous about it for PCOS, but I need to update the post which I think I’ll do now!

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  4. Hello, I suffered with hormonal acne and terrible moods and I was advised to try this by a dermatologist. I feel this has been the miracle cure for me for so many things, my skin cleared within 3-6 months and I feel “normal”. However, I’ve taken it now for 3 years and break for 5 days every month during my period. I’m just wondering whether that’s ok, or whether there could be any long term side effects at all? Thank you 😊

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  5. Hi l just took my first pill today lm 47 years old and l do have regular cycle l Have my cycle for about 7days l do have Polycystic ovarian disease and l do grow facial hair and lm a diabetic is this good for me

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  6. Hello, Dr. Briden! Thank you very much for all the useful info that you are sharing with us. I’ve read very carefully all the info about Vitex, but I am still a bit confused. I have high prolactin (double than normal) and a pituitary adenoma. However doctors say it’s a non-secreting tumour, so they just call it an adenoma, not a prolactinoma. Moreover, I am also suspected of having PCOS (LH to FSH ratio was 1.8). Actually some doctors say I’m on the borderline of having PCOS, others say I don’t quite fulfill all the necessary criteria. I am currently taking BC pill, but I would want to stop. Would Vitex be an option for me when I stop BC? I asume it would help decrease my prolactin levels, but would it to more harm than good to the LH levels?

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    • This above comment hit home for me. I’m 33- at 8 they found I have a pituitary tumor- slow growing is all they’ve ever said. I’ve never had more done than an MRI every couple years. My hair is frizzy and falling out. Nails brittle and peel. I have been diagnosed with hashi and celiac, also fibro. I exercise, I’m at a healthy-ish weight (bmi 24) but still hold weight in butt, hips, belly, thighs, saggy breasts since puberty. non smoking, rarely have a drink, have coffee less than once a week, eat veggies like a rabbit, gluten free, low dairy- A2 milk infrequent, switching to soy due to recent research, and drink water all day, also a nut about my hood fats, proteins and fiber intake and strict on sugar.
      Something is still off so I’ve been on the hunt for information and help.
      Would this help?
      Could you please help me?

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  7. Something you wrote seems incorrect and I’m wondering if you can clarify. The first day of the follicular IS the first day of menstruation. But you write “Because it works by promoting ovulation, vitex should be started early in the follicular phase and then continued until day 1 of the period.” That sentence is basically saying, “take it from day 1 of of your cycle until day 1 of your cycle”, or take it everyday! Am I misunderstanding?

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  8. Thank you for all the information you share. I have just found you and ordered your book, period repair manual for my 17 year old daughter. She has heavy painful cramping periods. Her GP has just recommended she take Vitex to help with estrogen clearance. As she is under 17 is there something else you would recommend? Thank you

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  9. I’ve been taking 100 mgs of progesterone (troches under the tongue at night) days 12-28 and it has helped reduce my cyclical migraines and PMDD a great deal. My breast pain is awful from about day 16-25 though. I have a lot of dark facial hair too. Would it be okay for me to combine vitex with the progesterone?

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  10. I am desperate to help my 15 year old daughter. Under what circumstances would you consider giving vitex to a teen? She has heavy, painful periods and got her first period at age 10.5 years. She won’t give up dairy. Any thoughts? Thank you so much!

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  11. Hi! For regulating cycles you mentioned ” I usually recommend a six-month course, followed by a break to see if cycles are maintained.” After the first 6-month course, how long should the “break” be before I start taking chasteberry again? Thanks

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  12. Help! I started vitex 3 weeks ago and now I’m not ovulating!! I’m charting and my temperature is staying low… what’s going on? Note# I started taking vitex because of my short cycles and ovulating too early in my cycle ( day 9)

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    • Vitex delays my ovulation a bit too. It might be because of a reduction in LH pulsatility. But so far it has helped a lot with pms and cramps. I have been noticing I’m more constipated though and I recently read that vitex is also an opioid receptor agonist. Lara, is constipation a side effect you have seen before? I think my dose might be too high though (2000mg daily except for first few days of my cycle).

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  13. Hi there
    I’ve been taking Angus castus for about 6-7 weeks now for PMDD. The brand I’m taking suggests dose of one in the morning AND at night. My doctor didn’t advise re taking a break from it, but advised taking everyday. My period this month is pretty non existent. I’ve checked twice and I’m not pregnant. Is this a normal response, for periods to reduce flow dramatically? Thanks 😊

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  14. Hi Lara,
    I tried vitex from the start of my cycle to see if it would help my breast pain. And it worked! I have had high prolactin and in a new blood test it was well within the normal ranges. However, while taking vitex, I noticed brown spotting midcycle. I stopped because this scared me and my period ended up taking 45 days to show up. Is this because vitex also increases LH? Does LH have anything to do with brown spotting and delayed periods/longer cycles? (I haven’t had LH tested only FSH). Thanks!

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  15. Hi! I know this is an old post but hoping you see this.
    I have taken vitex off and on for years (basically only had breaks when Im pregnant). When I get off of it my progesterone production just starts to dip. Im worried about it working less and less lately though. I am trying to remember to take breaks during my period, but do you think cycling brands/sources could also be helpful to prevent attenuation of its effects?
    Thanks

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  16. I used depo provera for injection for 10 years and have no come off. Been off 4 months and still got no cycle. Can I use Vitex to try and get my cycle back?

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  17. What are your thoughts on continuing vitex use in the first trimester of pregnancy? Ive seen a few different answers most say dont take while pregnant and some say decrease dosage and ween off. But if progesterone is potentially an issue for someone (previous MCs) would it not be best to continue vitex use for a bit to hold on to the pregnancy?

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    • Hello Lali, i don’t know if you are interested in my opinion. I’m a pharmacist. If you are on of those who really need the vitex, you should take it until the first trimester is over, because the risk of miscarriage is really high.

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  18. I was diagnosed with PCOS but I have zero symptoms of PCOS except for follicles and cyst but they said it was normal for women to get them. The reason they diagnosed me was because they thought I wasn’t getting my menstrual but I was and they were regular but my body is doing weird thing where it is regular and then it will become irregular where I am bleeding for a long time and they want to put me on progesterone but I was wondering if chaste berry would be a safer and better option for me.

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  19. can Vitex 650 mg be used just once a day instead of the twice a day per bottle. I have normal menstrual cycles but looking to boost fertility as I am over 40, will this help without messing up my cycles?

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  20. Have you encountered many of the side effects with this herb? I have heavy, periods, sometimes 2x a month, fibroids, fibroid pain, bad cramps, nausea, panic attacks worse on period. Do you honestly think this would help me? I use cramp bark, it’s a hit or miss at this point, but I’m so miserable.

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  21. I have taken vitex twice (two cycles) of six months each. Each time I found myself having to stop because it literally leads to a shrinking of my breasts, which are already an A cup. I take vitex for PMS and it works wonders. But after enlarging my breasts every month toward the end of my cycle and for a few months, it leads to shrinking. Is there anyway I can still take it and avoid this unwanted side effect? I read that taking it in the middle to end of secretory phase helps but I am not sure it is true.

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  22. Can you take this for menopause symptoms & can you still take if you have had your womb removed, but still have your ovaries? (For menopause symptoms). Thank you, Julie

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  23. I got my Skyla IUD removed on March 14th and I have now gone almost 6 weeks without a period. I realize everyone says “wait three months” but my IUD was six months expired (this was approved by my doctor) so I feel like given the fact that the hormones were localized and there was likely very little left since the IUD was past it’s expiration date, I should have gotten a period by now. I am really concerned I am experiencing post-IUD ammenorhea and I want to take steps to treat it. I noticed this article said to not take vitex too soon after the pill. I’m wondering if I should wait 3 months to take any proactive steps or if I can start now?

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  24. Hi, have been following you for some time and am great fully to have discovered your book and website.
    I was diagnosed with PMDD and PCOS due to cystic acne on Jawline and eyebrow alopecia (normal hormone levels including normal testosterone) was put on Cyproterone acetate and Estrodial for 8 months last year then switched to spironolactone and ginet both gave me daily bleeding, Low mood and weight gain so I stopped 5 weeks ago and am on day 1 of my period with some PMS cramping is always predominantly my right side but nowhere nearly as bad as I used to get it.
    Have been taking DIM, magnesium and a probiotic but do I need something for the hair loss and to try raise my progesterone ?

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    • Hello I am not a doctor and I am only speaking from experience I was diagnosed with PCOS and I have the fibroids and cyst and loosing my hair and I even have really long periods so my doctor told me I needed progesterone I hope this helps.

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  25. I’ve been taking 1 liquid capsule in the morning for 4 months for peri menopause hormone imbalance. It has helped tremendously. Am I not supposed to be taking it daily? How long can I take it for hormone balance?

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  26. I learned about vitex and how it can help with endometriosis symptoms. I read that you suggested starting during the follicular phase through to day 1 of bleeding. Is there any harm in starting during the luteal phase? My periods are awful and I’m desperate for relief.

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  27. Hey! I am 18 and recovering from 4 years amenorrhea and have been off the pill for about 5 months. Recently I went back on it for about 6 days as my last period was quite weak and only 1 1/2 days. I stopped taking it again yesterday and bought this product, would it be okay to start now?
    Thanks!

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  28. Hi Lara,
    I have a question about using vitex for progesterone withdrawals. I was using vitex for a couple of months and stopped cold turkey not knowing I shouldn’t. I went into withdrawal symptoms and hormonal imbalance a week after stopping. I actually felt good while on the vitex but was having some bowel issues that I wasn’t sure what was causing so I was going to take a break. My question is, can and should I start vitex again to help me out of the withdrawals stage and hormonal imbalance that stopping it caused? My nervous system is really out of whack and I need something calming. I am super reactive to everything now.
    Thank you so much

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  29. I started taking it three times daily as advised. This is for my mood disorder associated with my periods. I am almost a week late now for my period – is that a thing? I literally just started taking Vitex.

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  30. Hi there,
    I am looking to take Vitex for possible PMDD, I become very irritable & anxious & tearful or depressed starting about 7 to 10 days prior to the beginning of my cycle. I have a very regular cycle, usually lasting 28 days, with 5 days of menstruation. My question is, should I take Vitex, daily, long term for these kind of symptoms? Is it safe to do so? From your post I am wonder if I should only take if starting on day five of my cycle to day 28, then break from days 1-4/5? The f formulation I bought is 300 mg.
    Thank you in advance for your help!

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  31. I’ve been having a steady period for years now. Started 2016, with little breaks here and there. But it’s been steady for a while now. I’ve tried drugs and hospitals and only primolut when prescribed stopped my period entirely for 6 months and it came back bleeding daily nonstop. BTW, primolut gave me a scary cramps, I literally couldn’t stand longer than 1 minute.

    I started vitex with two tabs daily about 2 weeks ago, and there’s no effect (yet). Am I being impatient?
    Is there something else I need to do?

    NB: I’ve never been a regular since start. I’ll be 29 in April.

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  32. Hi. I started taking 30 drops of chaste tree (for fertility) on day 3 of my cycle. *I did not know I was supposed to do it late in my cycle.
    My hormonal work up has always been very good. A healthy AMH for my age, and my period is like clockwork every month…wondering if it’s terrible I accidentally started taking this at the wrong time in my cycle? It’s been 5 days…

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  33. Hi I took it every day for 5 weeks the first 2 were fine after that I had primarily vivid sad dreams and a depressed mood. I would like to keep taking for my LH and to regulate my monthly course. I take primrose for my monthly course and it works with no side effects. I think the vitex retriggered my IBS-D which is brought on by anxiety. Vitex helps with hormonal imbalance but drags me on the get up and go and in my gut and loins.

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  34. I’m 48 and recently started estradiol patch .25 mg to treat merenopausal symptoms including servers night sweats and irritability. After a month of starting the patch my breasts are swollen, painful, heavier and dense. I’m
    Wondering if using Vitebsk along with estradiol patch might help the breast swelling and pain? Is it safe to take voted while on transdermal estrogen.

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    • A better plan might be iodine and progesterone. See the “trouble-shooting hormone therapy” section in my perimenopause book Hormone Repair Manual.

      And in answer to your question, it’s safe to take vitex with estrogen therapy; I just don’t think it would be as helpful as iodine or body-identical progesterone.

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  35. I just started taking vitex for PMDD and my normally very regular period is late. So far just by a couple days. Is that normal? I see you recommend taking a break when menstruation starts but what about to induce it?

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  36. Hello, what if I don’t have my period yet at all? I am still breast-feeding but extended (22 months) so, I was prescribed progesterone and my period came back for one month, skipped the next, back last month, and I’ve skipped this month again. Since I haven’t started I am not sure when my follicular phase would be. My doc said take it the last couple days of my period but… I also don’t know when that would be.

    Thanks!

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  37. Hi Lara, I had a miscarriage last month at 8 weeks. Is it ok to start taking vitex again? I took it the month before I got pregnant and I feel it helped with my progesterone levels. Just a bit unsure whether it’s too soon to start vitex. Thank you

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  38. Hi. I have been on vitex for 2 month and decided to take break from it this week. I have been spotting pretty heavy like im on my period since sunday. Is something like that normal?

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  39. I’m on topical oestrogen in combination with mirena iud for PMDD treatment, would Agnus Castus help my symptoms during my ultralight phase when my PMDD symptoms are worse?

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  40. Is it okay to take vitex long term for endometriosis? I’ve been taking it for over a year, and I haven’t noticed any negative effects. My cycles are more regular and less painful.

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  41. I think I took too much vitex, 2500mg a day for about 3-4 weeks and my period is now late. I stopped taking it when I noticed I was late. How do I regulate my period again now?

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  42. Hi Lara, I have been trying to track down the research that Vitex can raise LH, but have yet to find a direct source for that information. Can you help me? Thanks, Jillian

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    • Hi Jillian,

      It’s the traditional mechanistic understanding of reducing prolactin leads to increased LH. But in truth, it seems to very much dependent on dose and day of the cycle.

      See this quote: “This hormonal effect appears to be dose-dependent: low doses of extract have resulted in decreased estrogen levels and increased progesterone and prolactin levels, possibly caused by an inhibition of the release of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and stimulation of luteinizing hormone (LH) levels.” From this citation: https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0901/p821.html And the references in that paper including the Australian herbal textbook I have relied on: Mills S, Bone K. Principles and practice of phytotherapy: modern herbal medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

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      • Hi Lara, as you rate vitex to lots of women, dose is something that I wish you would speak more on and write in your do’s and don’ts guidance above. Previously I have written comments to get clarification on this as the capsules come in all shapes and sizes. I don’t think you spotted them. I took it for pmt, but like the lady whose post I can find now, my periods disappeared for a few months so I gave it up and they came back. Could be a coincidence but when I looked at dose, on reflection I feel the amount was too high, however I can’t spot what you think.

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      • Hi Lara, thank you so much for digging this up for me. I have a copy of Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy, so I am looking at that now. It seems the article you provided and your reference are to the first edition of Mills & Bone from 2000. In the second edition from 2013, there is an explanation in the pharmacodynamics section that somewhat debunks the idea that Vitex raises LH that was written about in the first edition. The idea that Vitex elevates LH was based on an animal study interpretation, but the LH and FSH were not actually measured. The 2013 edition also mentions a small uncontrolled trial from 1990 where an increase in LH was observed. Anyway, I so much appreciate this discussion leading me to some further information on this topic. If you have the second edition, I am referring to p.491. Thank you!

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  43. Hi, I am looking into Vitex to help with acne. Do you still recommend taking a break on period days 1-5? Also can vitex be taken long term in this case or should a breaks be taken every few months? Thanks

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  44. Hi Dr. Lara!

    I’m an 18-year-old female with a 4-year history of oligomenorrhea (since menarche at age 14). My typical cycles are 50-90 days long, and I usually only get 4-6 periods a year. I do track BBT and have been able to determine that I ovulate regularly (I have never detected an anovulatory cycle), but infrequently. My BMI has always been normal (hovering around 21) and I eat well, so I don’t suspect HA. Lab tests are all completely normal, including AMH/total T/estrogen. LH/FSH is slightly out of balance but both are still in normal range. I have no other symptoms of hyperandrogegism, so they doubt that PCOS is a cause. Most of my doctors are completely stumped, and their only solution is HBC, which I do not agree with for religious reasons, among many others. I have recently started taking vitex, 400mg BID.

    What do you think is going on here? Should I continue with the vitex? Do you believe it will be of any use to me, whatsoever, or do you have any other suggestions for me?

    Thanks in advance!

    Jane

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  45. Hello! I am a 15 year old girl with amenorrhea and have looking into taking vitex to help me get my regular period again. Do you think it would be safe, if so what dosage is necessary?

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    • Do you have a diagnosis from your doctor about why your periods have become irregular? Because that can be an important step. For example, undereating is a common reason for irregular periods or no periods. But there can be other explanations. See my book period repair manual for more information about how to speak with your doctor.

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      • Yes, it is due to under eating. I am working on weight gain which is going well so far, but I think that the vitex would really help my hormones. In my situation, do you think this would be okay and help me?

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        • In my book Period Repair Manual, I do talk about how Vitex can be helpful for recovering from hypothalamic amenorrhea. The main thing to keep in mind is that it will only work once you are fully nourished. So, with my patients, I usually wait until a woman has been at least 4 months on 2500+ calories per day before starting vitex.

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          • Thank you, I’ve been doing the 2,500+ for that time so that’s perfect. How much vitex would you recommend I take, and for how long? Also, any specific brand?

          • The brand I mention in Period Repair Manual is Flordis Premular but other brands are good. In general, vitex works best when taken cyclically. So 25 days on – 5 days off, or sometimes, 2 weeks on – 2 weeks off.

  46. Hello Dr. Lara,

    Im 34yrs old and I took the pill – Diane 35 for 12 yrs. Ive stopped taking it for 5 yrs now but my skin and facial hair have gotten worse with time. My periods with supplementation and diet are regular 28 days – (sometimes with a bit of spotting and clots but overall a good colour ).

    So my skin and facial hair are the issue and as my prolactin is high I was wondering Vitex could be a good option?

    I got some blood tests:

    – Prolactin 39,50 NG/ML
    – Androstenedione 2,12 UG/L
    – FSH 2,52 UI/L
    – LH 6,48 UI/L
    – DHEAS 192,9 UG/DL
    – T3 0,878 NG/ML
    – T4 1,35 NG/DL
    – TSH 3,32 mU/L

    Thanks so much!

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  47. Good day. Thank you for your advice so far, I took vitex from June 2019 to February 2020 after then I noticed I’ve lost interest in sex (low libido) which my husband complain is his reason for taking alcohol, please how do I help myself in these situation. Thank u

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  48. Hello Lara, thank you so much for your clear and informative articles on women’s health. I’ve been taking vitex for a month now. I’m a bit confused regarding what is considered a “regular” period. I’ve always had cicles but they tend to vary in length between 26 to 32 days (usual is 28 for those are the occasional extremes). I’m 41 years old. Thanks! Pat

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  49. My 16 year old’s doctor wants to prescribe progesterone for 10 days. My daughter has had her period for 2 months after having a regular cycle for 3-4 years. I am thinking vitex would be a safer option than progesterone?

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  50. Hi, I’m currently using premular for regulating my hormones and in turn hopefully helping to combat my hormonal acne. I’m currently in my third month of using it and just in the last few days I am seeing a definite improvement in my skin!! 🙂 A improvement in pms symptoms and slight improvement to cycle length.

    Danica, Perth, Western Australia

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  51. Hi, I have started taking vitex again everyday and all of my anxiety and depression has basically gone away. I was taking it before a few months ago along with an SSRI, but I have now come off of the sertraline because I just felt it was numbing me. My periods are pretty regular. I was wondering if it’s ok to just take this supplement every single day continuously? Thankyou.

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  52. I’m trying to shrink small fibroids and wondering if I can take this with the Progestin-only mini pill. If not, how long should I stop taking it before starting? Thanks!

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  53. Hello. I absolutely love Gaia Vitex, and have just begun taking it. How long do I need to stop taking it after the 6 month period, before resuming it again?

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  54. I suffer from endometriosis and PMDD. I have a mirena to help with the endo and take venlafaxine for PMDD. I’m not Loki g the side effects of venlafaxine and was wondering if I can take vitex with a mirena in place?? Will it effect how that works for my endo?

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  55. Lara I’m on Prometrium and have been since May this year after reading your book. I have also taken Vitex for 10 plus years. Is it safe for me to take the two together or should I just opt for one or the other? I stop vitex on day 1 and resume day 5. Prometrium my GP advised I take it from day 10. Thank you so much.

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  56. Hello,
    Recently, I found my prolactin levels to be slightly elevated at about 47. I am 36, never been pregnant and not expecting right now either. I also have regular period but the flow is less, lasts about 2.5 days, and have moderate pms symptoms like aches and cramps. My CT for pituitary is normal. I want to lower my prolactin and get my hormones/periods back to normal so I bought this chastetree berry liquid extract:
    Nature’s Answer Alcohol-Free Vitex Berry, 1-Fluid Ounce |
    The serving size recommended is 36-40 drops which equates to 2000 mg. Isn’t that too much?
    I weigh 95 pounds. How much should I take for my condition?
    Please help and advise.

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  57. Dear Lara. I recently got my blood work and my prolactin level is at 47, I am neither expecting and never had a baby. I was looking for natural remedies to bring down the prolactin. My period is regular but flow is less and only lasts 2.5 days but I do have moderate pms symptoms like body aches. I am 36. I purchased this prolactin liquid extract: Nature’s Answer Alcohol-Free Vitex Berry, 1-Fluid Ounce | The instructions ask to take 36-40 drops of the liquid extract as a serving size which equates to 2000mg. How many drops should I take to reduce prolactin and alleviate my pms symptoms. I weigh only 95 pounds and I am small built. Thanks a lot!

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  58. Hi, can I take vitex every morning to help ovultion, when I have good conditions the doctor tell me to do only once ovidrel shot for increase LH hormone and that cause to ovulation,
    Can it be harmful if I keep taking vitex every morning?
    Thanks

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  59. I have histamine intolerance and suspected MCAS. I’m grtti g period flu every month keep having to do covid pcrs. Would Agnus Castus be helpful for me or be bad? Thank you

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  60. Hello,
    I take vitex 40 drops first in the morning with half glass of water.
    I read you recommend to take it from the 5 day of the period.
    until now I took it from 2 day of period and *stop taking it at day I ovulated* (and start take again at the 2nd day of period) because I was afraid it can hurt pregnancy if I got pregnant when I ovulated .
    Did I wrong ? should I keep taking it after ovulation and there is a chance I got pregnant?

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  61. I’ve had an endometrial ablation but I’m pretty sure I’m estrogen dominant. Can I take vitex to help level my hormones? Or would you advise against it. I can’t find this answer in your book or blog. Please clarify… Thank-You.

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  62. I’m taking Vtrex to regulate my period. Im 45 and also Intermittent Fasting. Since it’s best to take in the AM does Vitrex break your fast?

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  63. can Vitex cause constipation? I got extreme constipation the first time I started using Vitex just for a week after my period. I hadn’t changed any thing else in my diet.

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  64. I’ve experienced new breast pain when I take vitex. Everything I read says it should reduce breast pain, not cause it. Do have any ideas for me?

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    • Vitex can cause breast pain if it promotes an ovulatory cycle (from the starting place of an anovulatory cycle). do you know if you were having regular ovulations before you started it? what symptom were you trying to help?

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  65. I’ve had an ablation and am looking to balance hormones can I take Vitex? If so how would I do this with no period. I’m pre-menopausal 44yrs old.

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  66. How much vitex would you recommend when using it to regulate cycles and stop irregular bleeding as well as help with pms symptoms? I am unsure of the dosage. I have a bottle which are 400 mg each. Ive been taking one per day and got my cycles and symptoms under control but am bleeding irregularly again.

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  67. Hi Dr. Briden – I stopped taking the pill after 12 years 3 months ago as we are TTC. I started taking a chasteberry plus supplement (vitex, black cohosh, and ashwagandha) prescribed by my naturopath just weeks after stopping the pill (taking for 3 months now). I have little memory of what my cycles were like before the pill – maybe a bit short but normal. You recommend giving your body time to adjust post pill, which I wish I did. I have also read vitex can be detrimental if you have a normal cycle. Why would my doc recommend this? I can’t reverse having taken the supplement for these months but wonder if it is worth stopping now that I know. Advice much appreciated!

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  68. Do you need to take a break in vitex around ovulation like you would if taking bioidentical progesterone ? Or can you take throughout your cycle to your bleed?

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  69. Hi Dr Lara
    Hope you are well and I really appreciate if you answer my question.
    Im just wondering if a woman takes Vitex tablet every day in perimenopause estrogen is higher in her body compare with someone doesnt take in same situation?
    Many thanks

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  70. Can vitex stop ovulation?
    I’ve been taking it for nearly 3 months as we’re ttc and naturopath recommended it to improve my chances. My cycle has been regular for years so that wasn’t the issue. I noticed I haven’t had that stretchy CM since I started taking vitex. I take milk thistle as well. I used to get plenty of CM each month and assumed I was ovulating (though hardly ever tested) but since taking vitex the ovulation testing sticks have not shown positive ovulation for nearly 3 months now. Help!

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    • I have had erratic cycles since taking after a very regular period. I took it for pmt. I’m now seeing the doctor as totally irregular. I’ve stopped taking it now as I’m fairly confident it’s connected. I don’t think it’s one size fits all and I also think there needs to be very clear messages about how much to take. I think dosage should be fairly small (20mg?) but the tablets I bought from Amazon were 400mg twice a day. I’m concerned that the details are not being highlighted enough and have hope Lara would speak a bit more about this.

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      • 20mg really is small. As far as I know, the correct dosage is 400mg once a day in the morning. I took it for some months and helped me a lot.

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  71. Hi Lara, I’m really grateful to you for this very informative article. I am about to start using vitex and just wanted to clarify something with you.

    You said ‘vitex should be started early in the follicular phase and then continued until day 1 of the period’. I have looked up when the follicular phase starts and that is on day 1 of menstruation so I’m unclear on what is being said here in terms of when to begin.

    Please could you clarify which day no/s of the month you’re referring to by ‘early in the follicular phase’? With many thanks

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    • from what I gather from the article you start on day six (6). it states under Dos –> Do take a break every month –> (“If you have regular periods, take five days off from the first day of your period (day 1 to 5).

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  72. Hey there, I just bought your book and have already learned so much about my body and its signals. I’ve tried vitex once, in my 1st cycle (I took 2 pills a day, 1 capsule has 400mg) and after taking it for 3 weeks I got my period that lasted 18 DAYS, I never had problems with the length of my period bleed (3-5 days). I originally took it as I’ve had very irregular periods, I’m also on carnivore diet with carb day once a week. Please I’m puzzled about a period of 18 days, flow was smooth and light. After those 18 days I stopped taking vitex..I haven’t had a period yet (1 month ago)

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  73. Hello Lara, I’m 22 year old, im not breastfeeding, I have high prolactin levels 29,9ng/ml but normal levels are 25ng/ml.
    What do you recommed me to treat this, also my doctor said me that i have small microcyst on ovaries
    Also i have pain i breast always
    What recommend me to lower this naturally because I dont want to take hormones
    I’ll be thankfull if you answer me
    Thank you
    Best regards🤗

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  74. Hi Dr. Briden,
    I was taking vitex for Pcos and once I stopped taking it I went it to what seemed like drug withdrawals (panic attacks, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, racing thoughts, etc). It sent my body into a total chemical imbalance that effected my hormones, nervous system, and immune system. It’s been 6 years since that happened the first time and not knowing that was the cause it happened again 2 years ago. I don’t know how to reverse the damage it has done to my body or what do toe to see. I have digestive issues, hormone issues, and mood issues now. I have tried all kinds of doctors that have treated me for everything from hormone imbalance to Lymes disease but none of the treatments have returned my body to balance. The vitex somehow made my system super sensitive to everything. And since researching the actions of vitex, I think the opioid properties of it have caused the imbalance. My question is, how do I reverse the effects that vitex had on my body? Would low dose naltrexone help?
    Thank you
    Christi

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    • Respectfully, these are symptoms of panic attack. It’s highly unlikely that the vitex you took 6 years ago is causing you symptoms of panic attack today.

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  75. Hi Lara

    I am 28 and I have been on the Depo injection for the past 10 years (with a short break around 4-5 years ago).I am aware of the risks that this may bring me in later life.

    I was bleeding uncontrollably and experiencing horrid symptoms for the last 18 months of my injection (night sweats, water retention, low sex drive, digestive issues, hair loss, acne the list is endless) so I have not returned for my next shot. This was due 4th June.

    Around 2 weeks prior to the shot “wearing off” my breasts almost doubled in size and are very sore. I feel straight into an actual period (not a withdrawal bleed) on the 16th June, however my breasts remain very painful and large.

    Will vitex help with this?

    I am not TTC, but I do want rid of this hormone imbalance before I start any other form of hormonal contraception.

    Chloe

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  76. Hi Lara, is it safe to continue to take Vitex 1000mg in early pregnancy (first trimester) in addition to progesterone pessaries?

    I have a history of 2x early miscarriages, however all blood tests, pregnancy tissue, hysteroscopy and laparoscopy has come back normal. Ceased long term use (10 years) of contraception (Implanon) approx 12 months ago. Thanks in advance.

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    • Hi, I’m a bit wary of the variable doses that the capsules come in and it concerns me more isn’t emphasised about this. I would consult your own doctor too given your history. Take care and hope all goes well

      Lara- I would love you to comment more on the dosage side of things as people are taking in all different intensities and the effects of this will not necessarily be in line with the benefits your promote xx

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  77. Hi Lara. Is it safe to continue to take Vitex 1000mg in early pregnancy (first trimester) in addition to progesterone pessaries?

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  78. Hi Lara. Thank you so much for all the information you put out there! It has truly helped me. I am 34 years old. My hormone saliva test results showed low progesterone which is why I started taking the vitex. I started 4 months ago and it seems to be working quite well for me. I also take b6 with it. I lowered the dosage now from 100mg a day to 80mg. No other reason than me changing brands. My questions: 1. Would you still advise cycling vitex (5 days off every month) even with a low dose of 80mg? 2. I am trying to get pregnant. I have read that continuing vitex until the end of the first trimester may be a good idea. Would you also recommend cycling vitex if consuming during pregnancy? Thanks again! <3

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  79. Hi Lara
    i am female 30 yrs
    March 3 2021
    Test result was
    TSH 6.65
    Serum Prolactin 47.29
    ———————-
    Dostinex 0.25 MG twice a week (consumed 6weeks)

    Euthyrox 50mcg tab 1 tab daily (consumer 2 months)
    ——————————————————————-

    June 6th test report
    TSH 2.76
    Prolactin 40.5ng

    Should I continue TSH medicine?

    prolactin medicine can be continued? Any changes to be done? (The indian brand available Cabgolin 0.25mg Tab)

    is it alarming ? should i increase dose for prolactin?
    shall i consume VITEX?

    Kindly give me your valuable opinion

    thanks
    Denise

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  80. Hi Dr. Briden, I am 48 and for the past 6 months or so I noticed that I have had really heavy clotting during my period (no other symptoms- no pain/cramping/breast tenderness, etc.). I have regular periods and they only last about 3-4 days but for 1.5 days, the clotting is significant. My guess is that my high estrogen is overshadowing my progesterone levels causing a thickening in my lining? Can a chasteberry product assist with this or do you recommend a different approach?

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  81. I see at the end of the article that you don’t reccomend for teens. I am searching for how to help my fourteen year old with PMS, acne, and irregular cycle.

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  82. Loved reading this article.
    I currently have the mirena and am looking to have it removed within the next month. I was taking vitex prior to having the IUD and it helped with my pre-menstrual spotting and tail-end dark bleeding, so I’m not sure whether it would be beneficial to start on this again prior to the IUD removal or if it’s better to wait. I understand that hormone content with the mirena is quite low and very localised, but I’d love your opinion on the matter.
    I’ve spoken with my GP however they don’t recognise the benefits of vitex

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  83. Dear Dr Lara As you said Vitex is effective medicine for irregular periods,is it effective in perimenopause as well?I mean it causes regular period and lessen hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.
    Thanks
    Mitra

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    • it can relieve perimenopausal symptoms, yes. I include Vitex in the mood section of my new perimenopause book Hormone Repair Manual.

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      • And sorry Does Vitex cause regular period?bacause my period is every 4 months now and I’d like to have it each months.

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  84. What’s the best way to stop vitex? Do you need to taper off? Or can you just stop at anytime during the cycle, if not pregnant.

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    • I’m wondering the same. I have been taking Vitex for a year and a half now for PMS (cycling it off every month when I get my period).

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  85. Hello Dr. Briden-
    I just stopped using Vitex after about 5 years. When I started using it, the results were life changing. A recent hormone test showed I had very elevated levels of progesterone and low to mid-range levels of estrogen and my doctor advised me to stop the Vitex. (She ordered the hormone test because I have been extremely bloated and inflamed for the last 6 months.)
    Since stopping the Vitex cold turkey, I have become depressed, irritable, and suddenly gained weight, along with still being bloated. My doctor says my hormones need time to “rebalance”, but honestly I am miserable and worried. Do you have any advice for going off Vitex? Was I using it far too long? I appreciate any insight you may have. Thank you so much.

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    • It is very unlikely that vitex would push progesterone above normal levels so I would question that test. Was it a blood test? If it was a urine test, I would disregard the test and maybe resume vitex since you felt better on it.

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      • The test was a 5 stage dried urine test. I should have mentioned that I also have a 4.5 cm ovarian cyst as well….could that be causing the progesterone reading to go so high?
        Thank you so much for responding!

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  86. Hi there. I had a hormonal coil removed in February. (Kyleena 19.5 of hormone) and now have decided to try for our third. My periods in April and May were very long 35-38 days. I’m worrying that I am ovulating late. Do you recommend I wait a few more months before taking vitex? Thanks

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  87. Hello! Thank you for this post! Can Vitex help with uterne polyps? I had a polyp for 3+ months, and started vitex (doctor recommended remove polyp for it was >1cm) and after 2 months it dissappeared.. Could it be Vitex effect or coincidence?

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  88. Can you clarify? The follicular stage STARTS on day 1 of the period. So what did you mean by:

    “Because it works by promoting ovulation, vitex should be started early in the follicular phase and then continued until day 1 of the period.”

    Do you take it UP UNTIL the follicular stage (which starts day 1 of period) and then stop?

    Or do you START taking it during the follicular stage (which starts day 1 of period)

    Your statement contradicts the definition of follicular stage. Can you please clarify? Thanks

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    • I generally recommend taking it from day 5 to day 1 of the following cycle. In other words, take daily, but stop for 5 days from the start of the period.

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  89. Hi Lara! I was diagnosed with PCOS. Recently the last few cycles I’m experiencing on and off cramping for a full week (sometimes more) leading up to my period. I had bloodwork done and my progesterone is not low. No spotting. Any idea what could be causing this?

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  90. Hi Dr. Briden!
    I have amenorrhea and haven’t had a real period since I was 14. I am now 28. I am looking into trying Vitex, but don’t know if it’s a good option for me. I had my cycle for about a year from age 13-14 and then it stopped. Never looked into why until I tried joining the service. After that, I had so many tests done and run: my bloodwork, chromosomes tested, urine test, MRI (for my pituitary gland) and even ultrasound to check my uterus. I bought your book and in the beginning you mention Vitex which led me here. I understand you are busy. Any word or advice you can lend is so much appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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      • Hi Dr. Briden! Thank you so much for your response! I just started upping my calorie intake and focusing on my macros. I need a high fat and high carb diet which I wasn’t following. I’ve been eating “clean” and think too “clean” as mentioned in your book! I don’t recall my test results since it was like 4+ years ago, the endocrinologist I was working with said nothing was alarming. I don’t know if vitex is a good option for me as a supplement while upping my intake.
        Thank you again!! 💕💕💕💕💕

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  91. I am 49 years old, since two months I take Estradiol and Utrogestan combined with magnesium and a multivitamin. I am feeling much better in many ways. But I still feel tired very often. Can I also use Vitex?

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  92. Hi! I started taking Vitex 2 days ago and got my period after taking it for 2 days. My period is usually very irregular and only occurs every 3-4 months. Should I continue taking the Vitex while on my period? Or discontinue now that I’m on my period?

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  93. I started taking vitex for breast pain, PMS and acne. It seemed like it worked well the first 2 months I am on month 3 and my last period, I had more breast swelling than the previous month ( which surprised me). It’s believed I have PCOS, planning surgery for October. I can’t seem to find the right remedy for breast pain or hormonal acne along the jawline. I have regular periods so leave the first 5 days vitex free. Do you think DIM may be needed?

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  94. Hi Lara,
    Would you recommend vitex for helping return periods in breastfeeding women? I am still nursing my almost 2.5 year old and am looking for a way to return fertility without weaning.
    Lindsay

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    • I am curious about this as well! I took maca to help conceive while breastfeeding my first. We’ve been trying to conceive about 4 months and I’m still breastfeeding my second but I haven’t even had a period. He is 13 months.

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  95. My daughter is 15 and is about to be put on the pill for acne and hormone imbalance. I would like her to try this first. Sounds like it is safe?

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  96. So happy to see this
    I have high levels of prolactin so can I use vitex and which mg can I use am 24years

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  97. Hello, I am very confused about dosage for Vitex. I am taking 160mg daily and have been for three months and am not noticing a difference for PMS, I don’t think yet

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  98. Hello Lara, I recently started taking Vitex chasteberry by WS (80 mg) per day because I’ve been feeling pms symptoms at high levels (lower leg aches, irritability, unusual tiredness and anxiety). My periods are regular, I get it every 25-28 days; however, about 5 days before my period I feel such symptoms mostly. I started taking it 3 days ago in the morning on an empty stomach. What is the best way to go about it? Should I take it all month long except for the first five days of my period?

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  99. What do you advise for Adenomyosis? Same treatment as for endometriosis or different? I was considering Vitex, but seems you don’t advise that. Most of your articles describe what to do for Endo but not Adenomyosis. THANK YOU!!!

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    • Treatment for adeno is the same immune treatment that I describe for endo + estrogen-lowering treatments like calcium-d-glucarate and maybe Prometrium. I discuss it in my new book Hormone Repair Manual.

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  100. Hi, I am 47, quite possibly peri menopausal and have, on the advice of my Naturopath, started taking Vitex in the morning. I think it may be making me quite nauseous – is this a common side effect? Will it go away? Tania

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    • It also bothers my stomach if I take it in an empty stomach, or if I haven’t eaten enough. (Sometimes a baby orange or a banana is “enough”, but sometimes I still get queasy so then I eat more.)

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  101. Hi I have taken chaste Berry for a long time and would like to stop. Is it ok to just stop taking it or is it better to taper it? Thank you

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    • Lynne- did you ever stop the Vitex? If so, did you do it cold turkey? I’m looking to stop it to but wondering how to do this. I take it every day except when I have my period.

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  102. Dear doctor Lara,
    I am 36 years old and for about 6 years I use progesterone for treating PMS – my doctor recommended me to start 3 days after ovulation and last 10 days and then stop and menstruation comes for about 1-3 days. It worked nicely. I have never had migraines in my life.
    But last two months I had terrible migraines during my last two periods. It started a day before menstruation and last for 6 days. Triptans helped me.
    I read migraines during period are associated with low level of estrogen. My test was 34 pg/ml of 6.day of cycle.
    Should I try vitex for treating and preventing my migraines?
    Or should I take progesterone longer?

    Can you please recommend me a dose of vitex and how should I take it( for whole cycle within 5 days or 2 weeks after ovulation?) and what is your opinion,should I take voted and progesterone during luteal phase together,or stay only on progesterone but longer?

    Thank you very much for your goodwill

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    • I think about combination cyclic therapy, vitex after period to an ovulation and then progesterone, what is your opinions,is it ok?

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  103. Is it safe to take vitex with a dietary supplement? I am taking it because my prolactin levels are 90 and need to be under 25 to ovulate, will vitex Work for this? And should I do the 25 days on 5 days off?

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  104. Hi Laura, I tried according to leaflet instructions in capsules of 400mg twice a day. I note this is a lot higher than your article suggests. I took it daily in that way for approximately a month. I have like the rest of the world been a little more anxious, but probably more so just before my period. After taking there was a 16 day gap between my first and next period which is very short for me and I experienced pain near my ovaries a week before getting it and higher levels of stress/maybe PMT (however I also had COVid vaccine during this time). I stopped taking and this month I’ve so far had 6 days of spotting and now it is a more substantial flow. I should say that typically my period cycle is about 24 days. Prior to my early 30s it was 3 days of continuous flow, then I started to get bleeds sometimes triggered during exercise. This was all investigated and no issue found except thought to be polyps but not quite PCO. Nothing more offered. Ever since this time I’ve had long periods (8 days), which usually involves spotting for several days and and then a heavier but inconsistent flow for a day or two to back to spotting. I suffer with low level constipation sometimes. I have some slight pain during sex and my libido is low. The latter issue started after scans and a hysteocropy about 5 years ago. I had a smear recently and all fine. I wondered if the vitex has revealed what the issues might be? I have found it difficult to know what to do with it all. I kind of accepted it was just me getting older (39 now), but I’m starting to wonder what’s going on and if the vitex has revealed anything that might explain all this e.g. hormonally or other conditions or just heading towards menopause? I have stopped taking entirely as it seemed to have a significant effect on me, which I’m not sure is positive or negative. Many, many thanks for your support.

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  105. Hi Lara, I’ve been taking Vitex with great success for the past 6 or 7 years, on and off but mostly on. I had a pregnancy last year so I stopped taking it during my pregnancy and breastfeeding. My baby is over a year old and still breastfeeding but my hormones have started going back to normal (i.e. I’ve noticed dark facial hairs and cystic pimples popping up) so I’ve started taking it again recently. But I’ve seen it said a few different places recently that it’s not a good idea to take Vitex for too long.

    Should I try to find a different supplement to replace Vitex? It consistently keeps my skin clear, keeps my weight distribution looking more feminine, helps my moods, helps with body hair, and gives me a 28 day cycle so I hate to give it up!

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    • In general, if Vitex keeps working, it’s fine to keep taking it. I’ve just observed that its effects tend to attenuate over time

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      • Hi Lara
        Im 45 and in premenopause.
        The iregular period has been starting since mid June 2019 when I had stopped contraceptive after 5 years.
        As I didnt period for 3 months I started vitex twice daily in last August and I got period but in really heavy bleeding and severe cramps that I have never experienced ever.
        I’m escared to taking it any more as two times this happend to me.
        Im just wondering is it because of Vitex or premenopause and I should continue or give it up?
        I really appreciate if you answer me.
        Mitra

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    • Hi Rachel, I’m wondering what brand of chaste tree you’re taking? I’m using a tincture but would love to be able to move onto a pill or capsule. Thanks!

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  106. I started taking vitex about a week ago. I started waking up with a headache nearly every day since I started. I was taking 400 mg morning and again in the afternoon. I stopped the afternoon dose 2 days ago but still have morning headache. Thing is, I can’t find a lower dose available on Amazon.

    My question is… Can I just take the 400 mg dose in the early morning and see if headaches subside?

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  107. Hi lara thanks for this article! So i have recently been getting my period 2x a month now for the past three months and not sure whats causing it and was wondering if i should start taking the vitex agnus castus suppliment to regulate it? The ones i bought are 400mg and said to take them 2-3x a day but i would only feel comfortable taking it once a day to see how i do. I recently been stressed after selling my home and moving in temporarily with my brother and sister-in-law until i find a new home and i find that im always getting my period right before her since i moved in(not sure if that plays a role) and again after that. Its very draining and would just like to know if this is a good treatment option for me and if so how long should i take it for and with or without food etc or any other advice you have,thanks!

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  108. I’ve seen a lot of information about vitex lengthening luteal phase, but what about follicular phase? I’ve ovulated around day 11 and had a 25 day cycle almost all of my life (currently 33yo) so I don’t think it’s due to age. Ive gotten easily pregnant twice, one successful and one recent miscarriage after which I’ve had trouble getting pregnant again. It’s only just come to my attention that my short follicular phase could be problematic, and I’m wondering if vitex could be helpful for that or if it will make my short, but very regular cycle worse. Thanks for the information!

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  109. Good Afternoon Dr. Briden. My name is Anna and I’m 38. I’ve started using Agnus Castus suplement three months ago because I had irregular periods, I felt very low in mood and my hair was falling out. I have not seen any medical practitioner for it, just used my own research. I took it every day. I felt good, my hair started to look better and my periods are regular now. I stopped using it about couple weeks ago and i’m starting to feel a bit low and started to notice my hair to look dull as well. Is it safe to carry on taking it for long time even if I will take a month break on regular basis please? Or, are these a symptoms for a different supplement? Thank you for your time.

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  110. First, thank you so much for your insight, your book and this article have been so helpful!

    I am 21, have been diagnosed with HA, have been on the pill as a “solution” for almost all of college, and now am looking to restore a regular cycle naturally.

    ***How long should I wait to start Vitex after stopping the pill — since you say not to start Vitex too soon?***

    Thanks again!

    Anna

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  111. Hey Lara!

    First, this post and your book have been SO helpful, so thank you!

    I am 21, have been on the pill for the majority of the time since beginning college, struggled with irregular periods in high school, and have been diagnosed with HA. I have recently decided to go off the pill (woo!) and am looking to restore a regular cycle naturally.

    I am planning to start Vitex, per your recommendations, but when you say “not to start too soon after the pill” – what sort of time frame do you mean? I.e. how long until I should introduce Vitex after stopping the pill?

    Thanks so much!!!!

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  112. Hi Dr. Briden,

    I’m 21 and have struggled with my periods ever since I was 14. I’m reaching out because I really appreciate your approach to women’s health. I am running out of ideas as I’ve never been able to find answers to my problems. Doctors always told me to just gain weight or to go on birth control. I eat a healthy diet and have a low activity lifestyle. My periods have never been able to come consecutively since it started and I’ve gone years without a normal period. In Oct 2019, it came consecutively for 4 months naturally but I’ve lost it again ever since (I wasn’t doing anything special/different). I recently did some labs and I would appreciate it if you can take a look and give any advice for my next steps to help me get my period back naturally.

    For reference:
    5’3, 106lb
    Bhcg: <1.20
    Vit D: 12.8 (low)
    TSH: 1.2757
    Dhea-sulfate: 347.0
    Progesterone: 0.4
    LH: 19.4
    Prolactin: 5.27
    Testosterone: 54.65 (slightly high)
    Estrogen: 209
    FSH: 6.37

    Thank you so much for your time!

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  113. Is Vitex good for a menopausal woman? I took it during peri to great effect, and have continued due to it reducing break outs from Biotin. Keeps skin clear. Any reason I should not be taking it now, I am 6 years post meno.

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  114. Hello Dr Lara

    I have a couple questions. Tests came back with HiGH progesterone. Can chaste tree help modulate this? I also suffer from terrible hormonal migraines at ovulation and the end of my luteal phase before bleed. Is there any evidence chaste tree can lessen these headaches? I’m on Synthroid for hashimotos too…. Any interaction with medication to be concerned about?

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  115. Can I take with a Mirena? I have had horrible periods for years and am miserable. I have one week a month where I am not in pain or wanting to scream at everyone in my house

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  116. Hello! I removed my nexplanon implant in May of 2020 and I have not regained my cycle. I did a provera test and had a bleed but since then I still have not gotten my cycle back. My doctor recommended I go back on the pill to “restart my cycle” however I chose not to go this route. My blood work and prolactin are normal and unfortunately, no other recommendations were given other than “you just have to give your body time to adjust.” It has been 8 months without my cycle and in doing research on hypothalamic amenorrhea, I believe this is what I have due to my activity level. I have begun to increase my calories and reduce my workouts but in my case would vitex be beneficial if my prolactin is not high?

    I truly appreciate your time!

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  117. Hi Lara
    Im 45 and in premenopause.
    The iregular period has been starting since mid June 2019 when I had stopped contraceptive after 5 years.
    As I didnt period for 3 months I started vitex twice daily in last August and I got period but in really heavy bleeding and severe cramps that I have never experienced ever.
    I’m escared to taking it any more as two times happend to me.
    Im just wondering is it because of Vitex or premenopause and I should continue or give it up?
    I really appreciate if you answer me.

    Regards
    Mitra

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  118. Good Afternoon
    I am estrogen dominant and have extremely low progesterone levels ((which we have tried to fix with natural progesterone replacement)
    I been taking Vitex for a month now. I have picked up 4 kg in the time that I have used it.
    In your experience is weight gain a side effect of Vitex and will it stabilise after 3 months?
    I have PCOS.
    Does Vitex work to reverse estrogen dominance or am I just making things worst?
    I am really struggling with my weight and just can’t loose any. I was hoping that Vitex will balance my hormones and then I can get rid of this excess weight but instead I have gained weight and my emotions are all over the place.
    I eat very clean, low carb no sugar and do exercise every day…
    Any advice on reversing this estrogen problem would be greatly appreciated.

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    • RE: VITEX WEIGHT GAIN –
      I posted same topic October 14, 2020 but no response yet. Carli, I hope you have been able to find an answer whether VITEX caused weight gain and that you’ve been able to lose it. I am frustrated that I haven’t been able to lose the weight yet and also worried that VITEX caused some kind of irreversible change.

      My version:
      I took Vitex for hot flashes for one month (May 2020). The hot flashes disappeared, but I stopped taking the Vitex because I gained 15 pounds of mostly belly fat quickly while taking Vitex. I changed nothing else so it seems I rapidly gained the belly fat due to Vitex. I previously maintained my desired weight for 7 years on a low carb diet. It’s been 9 months since I quit taking Vitex, but I’ve been unable to lose the weight. I’m frustrated and open to any info on the reason Vitex could cause rapid weight gain, whether I permanently damaged something by taking Vitex, and how to reverse this Vitex-related fat weight gain.

      Open to any help.

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  119. Hello Lara,

    I am so happy that I found your blog. Every word of it makes so much sense to me. I have PCOS, diagnosed 2 yrs ago. My hair has been thining since 7-8 yrs and my cycles were always irregular between 35-40 days. it was only after marriage and we started trying to conceive, my symptoms worsend (cycles going beyond 50days, hirsutism) and we did tests. My Sugar levels were elivated, abnormal lipid profile, high free testosterone & SHBG.

    These tests confirmed I have PCOS and I was not ovulating as well. fast forward a yr and we went to see fertility doctor. I started taking inositol, vitamin D suppliments. He prescribed Letrozole and metformin. I was ovulating on Letrozole but did not conceive. it could be because i did not start metformin untill almost 4 cycles on being letrozole. Later I added metformin for about 3-4 more cycles but nothing.

    I have insuline resistance type of PCOS. My Prolactine levels were higher than normal but subsequent tests showed that they came back to normal. I use a special kind of monitor to track ovulation and the technical team supplied me with hormonal graphs. From those graphs, I can see that my LH is not rising in middle of cycle. It remains more or less the same. even in those cycles where monitor shows ovulation (and one of those cycles we did follicular study as well), the LH level were not significantly high

    Can Vitex help me in my case? I am with Lean PCOS, I did slightly overweight but i was able to shed 6KG of weight. I also do intermittent fast and fast for about 16 hours most of the times.

    Thank you so much
    Jigna

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  120. Hi – i have a 15 year old who gets terrible sharp period pain with onset of period, with migraine, and vomiting. She also has a tendency to joint pain and hayfever. I have mild endometriosis, sister same plus fibroids.
    Any suggestions for easing symptoms at her age?

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  121. Hello, My 17 year old daughter has recently lost 20 pounds. She has started exercising and watching what she eats. Her last period was 6 months ago. I know this is due to a combination of exercise and diet. Is vitex safe to give her to get her levels back to normal? We are not interested in putting her on birth control. Thank you!

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  122. Hello! I took Vitex for 2 or 3 months to see would my period come back after trying different birth control options. I’ve been off Vitex since October and since November I’ve been having my period every 15 days, is this normal? Should I go see my DR? Is my body just regulating after Vitex? Please help

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  123. Hi Lara, I was originally diagnosed with PCOS, not sure which kind. Tried for 3 years to get pregnant and finally after changing diet and lifestyle it happened. 2 weeks after I stopped breastfeeding my son I got pregnant again, but unfortunately I miscarried. Every since the miscarriage my periods seem longer and heavier, and even one cycle was longer than 40 days. This cycle, I took Vitex and for the first time ever I ovulated on day 14! So exciting and hoping I’m pregnant again this time. The only thing I’m concerned about, is that my skin this cycle keeps breaking out. From day 1 until today (day 20), small pimples keep popping up, which I’ve never had before. I thought that ovulating on day 14 was a good thing, but my skin is throwing me off and I can’t figure out why/ how to resolve it. I also just started taking a magnesium supplement per your recommendations. Any insight is appreciated- love your book!! Thank you!!

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  124. Hi Lara, I’ve been taking Vitex for the past 2 months to treat painful periods. I think the dosage I’m taking is fairly high, 320 mg twice per day. It’s the dosage recommended by Fushi-brand supplement. The first cycle I had was similar to usual, but the more recent one was incredibly painful. I also felt nauseous, which I’ve never experienced before with a period. Needless to say, I’ve decreased the dosage (taking 1x320mg rather than 2). Curious to hear if you have any recommendations – should I keep going with it? Is it normal to have a few weird periods before it settles in? Any advice appreciated!

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  125. I have got a question

    I ve got a syst in my lower back, its in the vertebrae attached to the spine.

    Can I use iodine to heal it please?

    CharmaineThank you

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  126. Hi, I just took Vitex on day 14 for breast pain which Ive been having since my last period. Now today day 15 it caused me to get my period and I’m not sure why? I always have a 25 day cycle so this is abnormal. I do not have pcos but I did have a two small cysts on both ovaries on my recent ultrasound just done 2 weeks ago. My last period was 3 days which is normal but was super light w very sore breasts which was not normal and I’m not sure why. Any advice is appreciated!

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  127. I am breastfeeding my 12 months baby and starting to think about another pregnancy. I have a short luteal phase (7-8 days) whith spotting before period. I think i should enhance ovulation but can’t take vitex because of breastfeeding. What do you suggest?

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    • Vitex is great as it increases dopamine but that means it also reduces prolactin which you need for breastfeeding. Whats more important for you right now.

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    • I don’t know if my comment will help but i’m in the EXACT same situation with my 18month old. I’ve been taking Vitex( but half the recommended amount) and already my short 7-8 day luteal had increased to 11 days after the first month. I’m also taking 1500 mg of vitamin C which is also suppose to help with the short luteal. With that being said my milk supply hasn’t gone down (at least not so far within the month). I’m not sure if it’s because I’m taking half the recommended Vitex or if because I’ve been increasing breastmilk producing foods in my diet. Either way it’s still possible to achieve both.

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  128. Would you recommend Vitex for amenorrhea due to weight loss and low body fat from exercise and under eating? I’ve come a long way. For the past few months, I’ve cut back exercise to 3-4 days a week and eating closer to 2500 calories a day. Increasing weight and body fat but still no period and insomnia.

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    • These are great steps! It sounds like you are under stress though; Maybe try Yoga a few days a week with aromatherapy – and also try to eliminate stress factors in your life; It’ll help with both balancing hormones and with sleep. See if that helps first but it might take time.
      For aromatherapy, what I like to do is put essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus plus Epsom salts in the bath

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  129. I’ve been on Vitex for 2 months after being on the pill. Had my period within the 28 days but this one is late.. Is this normal..

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  130. Horrible, Sorry to say and there are not many negative posts about it and if you dig deep enough you will find the bad posts about it. This is a painful tablet meaning it causes severe cramps. i barely even took and wow the cramps were in my stomach itself not in uterus and after taking it the cramps took months to go away even after i stopped the vitex. I do not recommend, oh and did nothing for my fertility but I think made it worse!

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    • If you barely even took it, it’s not possible to correlate your side effects to the vitex – and if they took months to go away, it is more likely it was something else that just happened to occur at the same time as you taking vitex. It is very unlikely it has anything to do with the vitex. You should consult a health care provider about what occurred.

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      • Same to me.
        I didnt period for about 3 months and hot flashes has started and after taking vitex for 37 days I got period but with horrible cramps which i never had it before and today again I got period with horrible cramps.
        Im sure its related to Vitex and I dont know what to do continue or discontinue ?

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    • Same to me.
      I didnt period for about 3 months and hot flashes has started and after taking vitex for 37 days I got period but with horrible cramps which i never had it before and today again I got period with horrible cramps.
      Im sure its related to Vitex and I dont know what to do continue or discontinue ?

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    • I had a similar thing but it wasn’t really cramps, it felt more like my ovaries were being active after a long time (I didn’t have a period for months after coming off the pill). I had this for about a month and a half after finally getting a period – I’m assuming these were physical symptoms of stimulating the ovaries and ovulation. But after that this symptom went away. Vitex is a slow-acting herb though so it may take time to work, but maybe check with your health practitioner to rule out anything else that may be contributing to fertility issues.

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  131. Hi, my natural path recommended I take this to raise my estrogen levels. However my progesterone levels are not low, and my periods have been normal. If I take this will it mess up my menstrual cycles? And will it help to raise my estrogen? Or will it make my estrogen/progesterone ratio/balance even worse? Thanks so much!

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  132. I took Vitex for hot flashes for one month. The hot flashes disappeared, but I stopped taking the Vitex because I gained 15 pounds of mostly belly fat while taking Vitex. I changed nothing else so it seems I rapidly gained the belly fat due to Vitex. I previously maintained my desired weight for 7 years on a low carb diet. It’s been 6 months since I quit taking Vitex, but I’ve been unable to lose the weight. I’m frustrated and open to any info on the reason Vitex could cause rapid weight gain, whether I permanently damaged something by taking Vitex, and how to reverse this Vitex-related fat weight gain.

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  133. Hi Lara. I’m wondering is Vitex would help me of not. I bleed lightly for 5-7 days before my actual period but my luteal phase length is ok (13d of regular 26d cycle). My proper periods are then very heavy and painful for 2 days and then light for further 5 days. Extensive investigations including hysteroscopy didn’t show much other than slightly low D21 progesterone (8.5 ng/ml). Doc won’t try progesterone therapy. Is Vitex likely to help? I think this still constitutes luteal phase defect even though my luteal phase is a normal length? This seems to be an unusual problem and I can’t find reference to Vitex being used for this in any papers. I already take high dose vit C, magnesium, b6 (100mg). Nothing helps. This has been since I was 25 (39 now) and I can’t conceive. Thank you xx

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    • Sounds like you have low progesterone which is causing the pre period bleed in the luteal phase and as further shown in blood test. I don’t think VITEX will help with this. Maybe you could try natural progesterone cream which doesn’t need prescription or work on egg quality to enhance the ability of your corpus leutum to produce progesterone after ovulation (omega 3, co-enzyme Q10).

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        • I had a very similar experience and vitex saved me. Low progesterone for me was caused by stress and I had very heavy periods for the first few days and then light for the rest. I also found my pms real bad.

          Vitex and zinc (on an empty stomach) seemed to do the trick just expect to stay on it for a few months (around 4 -5) before you see the results. Also make sure you follow Lara’s suggestion about cycling it. It’s in the comments section

          No more pms and no more crazy period bleeds.

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    • I started taking Vitex for a similar problem — very heavy and long periods (some months I was bleeding three weeks out of four, much of it very heavy for me — changing super tampons every hour when usually one would last all day). It took a while to work and I ended up taking four capsules every day, but it got then under control and back to normal.

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  134. I have PCOS. Tried clomid, injection. Now dr suggest for leproscopy. But I start vitex few days ago ( 4 day ). Its is beneficial for me ?

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  135. Hi Lara,
    Interesting reading. I am a student naturopath currently treating a client for acne (possibly related to PCOS). Do you have any links to research regarding the dose for taking a break for the first five days of cycle?
    Thanks!
    Katie

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  136. Hello! I have loved reading Period Repair Manual for my perimenopause management! The question I have is about my teenage daughter! She is 17 and has been menstrating for 3.5 years. Her periods are wildly erratic still! For example, this summer her period lasted all of July and then most recently, she had it for 9 days, then 5 days later her period started again. Her cycle has been constantly erratic like this, with absolutely no consistency. As you can imagine, her moods/acne/imbalance are very difficult for her. I know they say that teen cycles take a while to regulate, but this seems really extreme to me. We have an appt with an OB/GYN but I suspect they will just want us to put her on the pill, which I really don’t want to do. I’m considering Vitex and DIM but not sure if that’s the right direction for her. Should I get her a DUTCH test? Any direction you could point me in would be soo appreciated. Thank you!

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    • Hey Marci..read ur comment on lara’s blog..what are you taking for perimenopause..I had been taking gitex since an year and now stopped it and my periods have stopped since last 2 months..wat herbal medicines are u taking for perimenopause..pls suggest?

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  137. Hello! Thanks for all of your incredible information on this subject. I have post pill amenorrhea, not sure if it is HA or pcos, I also am hypothyroid. My acupuncturist has me taking Vitex (675 mg 2x/day). I only have one ovary due to torsion in the past. I am seeing a fertility specialist in a month and getting labs taken- do you think I should stop the Vitex so i can get a more accurate view of my labs/what’s going on? I’m worried that the Vitex will mask the real issue by helping balance hormones? I had my AMH taken while on Vitex and it was extremely high (22).

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  138. Hello, I have a question. I’ve been breastfeeding for 27 months and I still don’t have a period. I even tried Young Living’s Progessence Plus essential oil but after using the entire bottle, I still don’t have a period. My doctor said he can put me on Vitex, does this sound right? I’m 37 and have 3 children but we are thinking of trying for one more. I experience a lot of migraines so maybe I’m deficient in magnesium.. can this cause periods to not come back?

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  139. Hello,
    Im taking provera and vitex (60 drops B.I.D)started the vitex Sept.1 and provera on the 10th …I just got my period today ( day 18 of vitex),my question,shall I stop taking both for 5 days..my last period was in April…my LH and FSH are ok ( Im 47)…Im not pre-menopause,I had my period at 17…Ive never had this kind of issues till I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid last year..my period was on and off,it comes every 3-4 months …

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  140. Hi Lara my follicular phase is shorter now, I start ovulation literally after my period and I have a terrible time with it I become exhausted and feel dreadful. I know it’s perimenopause so I don’t expect it will improve so can I take it long term?

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  141. I was taking eu fertility pills now my period been on for 12days i took 25pill then i stoped now my period still on when will it go back to normal..i stop taking pill 11days now pleases help

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    • If you have an underlying issue, such as Celiac disease or iron deficiency, Vitex won’t be very helpful until you deal with that. Please do not take iron without getting bloodwork done (ferritin, serum iron, liver function, etc). That said, heavy flow can be a sign of something else, so investigate! Fish oil the week leading up to your period, clary sage rubbed on the abdomen can help reduce the flow.

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  142. Hi Lara,
    I absolutely love your book, it has been so informative and easy to read. I am interested in trying Vitex again as I have had a positive experience with it before – it previously helped me to fall pregnant by regulating my cycle. Now I am 2 years postpartum and I finished breastfeeding about 3 months ago but I am still without a cycle. Would you recommend giving it a try to help my cycle return so I can try for another baby? Thank you so much. x

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  143. Huge lover of your book and all the work you’re doing to help women! I’ve got endometriosis and PMDD and have noticed that the supplements that help calm down other women–Chaste Tree, DIM and Calcium D-Glucarate, which you recommend in your book, all seem to exacerbate my mood symptoms and make me feel like I’m PMSing whenever I take them (ie ALL MONTH!). Any ideas as to why this might be?–it’s so frustrating!

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    • Chaste tree can be tricky to use. Calcium-d-glucarate is usually fairly reliably calming, but the priority treatment is usually magnesium, zinc, dairy-free and maybe iodine. Have you tried those?

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  144. Hi Lara! My prolactin levels have been testing high for the last 2 years so I want to give a try to Vitex. What dosis do you recommend?
    I have hypothyroidism, inflammatory acne (3 years now) and irregular periods. I take zinc (25mg) wich helps with my periods but not enough because I still have acne. I assume it’s beause of high prolactin.
    Thanks in advance. Your opinion will be really appreciated!

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  145. I have a 17 yr old that didn’t have a period for 6 months but Finally had one this month..she has a friend that had the same problem and her doctor put her on birth controls my daughter thinks that’s what she needs To do butI really don’t that.. I read that teens under 18 shouldn’t take vitex..should I stop giving her Vitex? She has been taken them for about a week now..

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    • Did you ever get an answer to this? I have a 15 year old in the same situation. I would like her to try Vitex before the pill! Thanks

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  146. I have found that Vitex for a few months at a time greatly reduces my menstrual cycle problems (specifically acne and mood/energy issues). However, I was recently found to have slightly low AMH, and I’m wondering, can Vitex affect AMH/FSH or have a negative impact on ovarian reserve?

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    • Faith, did you receive a response to your question? I also am curious about Vitex’s effects on FSH, particularly since my is so high at 146 (am only 45yo)!

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  147. can vitex be taken even if I don’t have high prolactin levels? I read it can messed up more your period if your menstrual problem is not related to a high prolactin level.
    I have low androgen levels, premature LH that creates a short follicular phase, very poor endometrium, light and super short periods. I have insulin resistance, high blood glucose (around 6.0 fasting glucose) , low LH/FSH (0.5)
    can progesterone supplement as natural bioidentical progesterone cream will help?

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  148. I love Vitex. It is the Only supplement or medicine that has reduced my PMS and even menstrual cramps. It has improved dramatically my quality of life. I suffered from PMS for several years until I found Vitex by casualty reading on the internet.

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  149. I have Addison’s disease and take hydrocortisone , fludrocortisone as well as levothyroxine for clinical hypothyroidism . Is Vitex suitable for severe pms?

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  150. Hi Lara I have been on Vitex without any break at all for 3 or 4 years! This has been under the care of a naturopath. I am now 40 and symptoms and bloods shows signs of premature menopause. My naturopath has suggested during my next cycle I take a different brand of vitex which has 5x the amount of the herb in it compared to Premular which is what Ive been taking. Do you agree with this?? I really need some sort of support to manage my peri menopausal symptoms

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    • Hi carly which brand of vitex currently taking..I have been having Thompson since last one year..I also have perimenopause and my periods have stopped since last 2 months..really worried..

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  151. Dear Lara,
    I have started taking vitex almost a month ago to fight my terrible PMS and promote ovulation. Four days ago I should have gotten my period but till no sign of it. i have done several pregnancy tests and they all came negative. I have noticed a little spotting yeterday and today though. I read that vitex can prolong cycles. Mine have been super regular always. what is your opinion on that? in your opinion shall I keep taking it for another two months to see if my cyles will come back to their normal (28-30 days)? or shall quit taking it straight away? please comment as I am very confused rn. i am also trying to have a baby…

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    • HELLO DEAR. PLEASE HAS LARA REPLIED YOU? I HAVE EXACT SITUATION LIKE YOURS. I AM VERY CURIOUS AND SURE TO KNOW HER REPLY TO YOUR COMMENT AS IT WILL HELP ME ALSO. THANKS

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  152. Hello Lara, I am 33 years old, I am thin, healthy and I have no children yet. My cycles have a short luteal phase (9-11 days) and I also have spotting from day 9 of the luteal phase until the beginning of the menstrual period. I took a mid-luteal progesteron test and found that I had ovulated. Would taking vitex help me to prolong my luteal phase and stop spotting?

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  153. Hi Lara, I have been taking Vitex for 5 months. I have been experiencing longer periods for the past 3 years, every second/third period, but on Vitex for 5 months its the third time. The bleeding is light ranging from red to more often brown colour, with cramps…I am 46 years old and believe I am experiencing perimenopause. But doesn´t that mean fewer or skipped periods? I have tried TCM, hormonal yoga and now Vitex was recommended for me. I am not sure anymore, how to increase my hormone level without taking HRT (which I tried and didn´t jive with me). Any recommendations? I have been taking Vitex eveyday, without the 5 day break recommended by you. I visited a gynekologist, she found nothing wrong there…

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  154. Hi Lara, can you take Vitex while you have a Mirena in place? I was thinking not, but would like your opinion. Thank you, Clarissa

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    • I took Vitex for about six months and felt much better physically, but stopped because I read it should not be taken long term. However, it didn’t seem to help much with emotions associated with PMS. I was recently prescribed the lowest dosage of Prozac to take from ovulation until the start of my period. I feel like taking the two together would help both physical and emotional symptoms, but I don’t know if that’s safe. I haven’t been able to find any research on it. Do you recommend taking both?

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  155. I wanted to try it for my teen daughter 15. She gets sad irritable tired , pms but tripled and it’s really hard on her. She hated feeling this way. Can I give it to her ?

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  156. I’ve heard about vitex for luteal phase defect… Can you expand on that and how it might help with miscarriages?

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  157. Ive been taking Vitex, non stop for about 4 years. At first my cycle was very regular, PMS reduced and no breast pain. Now my cycle ia no longer regular, I have terrible PMS, almost depressive and my breasts swell and are painful a week before my period. Could the long term use be causing this??

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  158. Hi Lara,

    I have been taking chaste tree for several months now. For me, it prolongs my period from 21 days to 31 days. I also noticed that for my last period, it wasn’t really a period. It was just dark spotting. I stopped taking chaste tree a week after and now I am experiencing a period in the middle of my cycle. I don’t know if it is right for me. have you seen this before? I am not sure what to do.

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  159. Hi Lara! Do you recommend chaste tree vitex for endometriosis? If so, do you recommend stopping for a period of time and possibly restarting to help control endometriosis? Thank you, Lara!

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    • FYI – I have endo. I take Vitex three – five days before bleeding and three – five after bleeding (so 6-10 days total each month) and my endo pain has resolved 90%. I also find zero sugar diet or at least zero refined sugar makes a dramatic improvement with my endo. My endo pain was all month, primarily with BM’s and pain worse than when I miscarried ….tears every time I had to poop :). First day of my period the pain was so bad during BM that my HR would reach scary levels and even just sitting on a hard chair brought me to tears. It was bad….Now I am almost always okay…just FYI of what worked for me.

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  160. Hi Laura,
    I’m 24, I have PCOS but I am not insulin resistant (my insulin is very low on the contrary..), I never took the pill and I don’t have any inflammation symptom. I have my period twice a year approximately.. I started to have facial hair at 15. I don’t know what blocks ovulation in my case. I tried all te complements you recommend in your book but nothing worked so far. Do you think vitex can help me ?

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  161. Hello Lara,

    Great article – could Vitex be used for adenomyosis/endometriosis and anhedonia? I have very regular periods but PCOS symptoms (thicker around, middle, cystic acne, menstrual migraines, back pain and depression, excess hair) but no follicles/cysts visible on last few Ultrasounds. I am on anticoagulants too so not sure if that would interact with Vitex?

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  162. I have a 1cm fibroid (slowly growing) in the wall of my uterus. Periods are increasingly painful after 10-15 years of painless periods. Now if I get caught without my prescription meds I end up in A&E with the pain! Some small uterine polyps have grown in the past too, and I had a polypectomy. I’m 35.

    Can vitex help me get back to a place of painless periods and even breaking down the fibroid?

    Thanks so much for all the information 🙏

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  163. Hi Lara

    My 16 year old still doesn’t have her periods. I guess that means her pituitary-ovarian communication is still developing but should I be worried. I got my periods at 11.

    Should I be taking her to someone?

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    • yes, if no periods by 16, she should see a doctor for a diagnosis. Just don’t let her put her on the pill as a “solution.”

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  164. I hear that Vitex can increase estrogen. Is it problematic to take if you have a history (surgical diagnosis) of endometriosis? I have taken it in the past for PMDD and breast pain, but have since been diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis almost a year ago (I’m 36).

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  165. Hi Lara, I took Vitex to help lengthen my short luteal phase (9 days) and it helped increase it to 11 day so I was able to conceive my first child. I am still breastfeeding and we would like to try for a second baby. The safety of Vitex during breastfeeding, to my understanding, hasn’t been tested but my luteal phase one year postpartum is 9 days again . Would you have any advice on what I could do to naturally support my cycle that is safe while breastfeeding? Many thanks for all you do.

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  166. Hi,
    I’ve had a Kyleena IUD for about 6 months now, Ive had heavy bleeding and PMs before getting the IUD. Now I have trouble sleeping, tender and painful breast, cramps and lengthy periods with the IUD. Do you feel like chaste berry would be a good addition for me ?

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  167. Hi, I have high prolactin and irregular periods (long cycles) and acne. At the moment I’m using spironolactone to medicate the acne. If I were to stop, could I start taking vitex right after?

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  168. I love Vitex, it helped me regulate my cycle at age 38 – at least enough to get pregnant after almost 20 years of assumed infertility. However, is it something I should avoid now that I’m breastfeeding? I know I won’t have a cycle again unless I start taking Vitex again and I wonder about if I ever want to conceive again, I’d need to possibly stop breastfeeding first.

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    • I generally don’t recommend Vitex during breast-feeding. And for what it’s worth, you might find your hormones are quite different after pregnancy. ie. you might find you can cycle even without Vitex.

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  169. I’m 45 years old. I’ve been following your work. I also have an integrative doctor. I tried Vitex for a short time, but I started missing my oral progesterone, which I had gone off when I started the Vitex. But, I have many symptoms of high prolactin, but also a hunch that it is mostly due to my thyroid antibodies (T3>T4 conversion was a bit low but I am taking all the nutrients needed for that whole cycle like tyrosine, selenium, etc. ). I’m also taking Cal-D-glucarate and about 30 different supplements. My cycles have been irregular and gettting moreso. I started back onto the progesterone last month, but when I start bleeding on day 18, I’m not sure what to do… I end up quitting the progesterone to have the period and rack up another short cycle. The progesterone 250mg doesn’t hold back me having a period, and yes, i do take it at bedtime (which maybe is part of the problem??). Could I take half the pill in A.M. and half at bedtime? I know I’m perimenopausal, because of your articles describing that. But, maybe I’m just getting close to menopause? I do have some small clots with a Paraguard copper IUD.
    Are you doing any consultations? I’m in the U.S.

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    • At 45, you are, by definition, in perimenopause so progesterone can be very helpful and no, it won’t stop you from getting a period but it can relieve symptoms.

      For what it’s worth, some of my patients take both Vitex and progesterone. They’re quite different things and can work together.

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  170. Thanks for all the information on vitex. I will like to know more about bringing my menses after sizing for 2 months plus now

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  171. Dr. Lara, please help me.

    I read your articles, bought and read both editions of your books. Because I have chronic hyperprolactinemia and this causes severe hair loss I took Vitex. I always took only 7 to 10 days, approximately 100mg, and it was enough to lower my prolactin and stop hair loss for about 6 months. Again the hair loss came back and took vitex for another 7 to 10 days and stopped. Hair loss was my signal that prolactin had gone up. I’ve been doing this for two and a half years.

    However, in the last crisis his effect is not being so fast and I am taking 700mg.

    I took exams and I don’t have other conditions like PCOS.

    Please, I would like to know if I can take Vitex forever as a way to control my hyperprolactinemia? One day it will stop working entirely? Is there another way to control chronic hyperprolactinemia?

    Thank you!

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  172. I heart Vitex effects are dose dependent and can actually bring LH levels DOWN depending on the concentration. Which dose do you prescribe? Also what if you have both high prolactin and high LH?

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  173. I have insulin-resistant PCOS but my prolactin and my LH/FSH ratio are normal, as well as my weight.
    Only testosterone and insulin (HOMA index) are too high.
    Is Vitex a good idea in this situation, of course only in addition to a low-sugar diet?

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  174. Dear Lara Briden, thank you for your excellent book!! I have some pquestions, with adrenal and inflammatory pcos- Dheas aways high, sometimes Testosteron- can i try Vitex? LH is normal.
    Most doctors tell me with high Dheas i ‘m very calm. But i think there ist cronic Stress in my Life.. can Cortisol bei Low with cronic Stress and therefore Dheas high? Or is it because of my genes and disfunctional hpa-acis ..?while my mother was pregnant with me and she hast just one kiddney and seems always unser stress.

    I’m Sure to have Low Progesteron- can i take bioidentical Progesteron Creme?

    Thank you very much!!
    Leonie

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  175. Thank you for this article. You explained so much.
    I really really wish I had have stumbled across this information years ago.
    Thank you!!

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  176. I am in premature menopause and on bodyidentical Hrt. I would really like to have an another child and like to use Vitex to help me to ovulate. Is it okay to do so? Will l start after the end of my withdraw bleed and use it till my next period start which is around 28 days. Is it ok to use ut this long especially alongside the 200mg progesterone l use for 14 days ? Thank you.

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  177. Hello Laura,

    How can you use vitex for polyps? Have you heard of it actually working uterine polyp? I am ttc and wanting to avoid surgery.

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  178. Hi Lara. I’ve been reading the period repair manual and have decided to try Vitex for a few different reasons. I had my first capsule yesterday morning around 7am on day 22 of my cycle. I noticed some light darkish spotting around 7pm. Can vitex cause spotting? Appreciate any advice 🙏🏻

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    • I just took vitex in liquid form yesterday And I fully got my period then on day 14 which is very abnormal for me. I always get it on day 25. I think the liquid herb is really strong compared to pill form and I do think it made me bleed.

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  179. Do you think Vitex is safe for people who have/had thyroid issues? I had subacute thyroiditis (hyperthyroid) that has normalised now but don’t want to aggravate this now. FYI – I want to take Vitex for pms symptoms such as headaches and mood swings. Thank you!

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  180. Hi Lara,
    I get insomnia and poor quality sleep in the first half of my menstrual cycle (rather than premenstrual), and sleep much better and deeper after ovulation. I have had my hormones tested and found everything to be normal (I’m 39 and have had regular periods with ovulation since going off the pill 6 years ago). Because of the pattern of sleeping better after ovulation (I assume due to the progesterone), my naturopath has just given me Vitex (Premular) and asked me to take it from day one until ovulation to promote sleep in the follicular phase. She is quite experienced in women’s fertility (Robyn Thompson in Melbourne). Does this sound ok to you for me to take it from day 1, since I’ll then be breaking from ovulation until the end of the cycle? She has already tried me on GABA, which did nothing for my sleep, so has concluded the problem was not GABA-related. When I have insomnia, my gut tends to be noisy and bloated too, though I have a good diet and don’t have any food allergies I know of. Though I do get environmental allergies (dust, pollens maybe) and tend to be affected more by that also in the follicular phase, coinciding with the insomnia and bloating, so get blocked nose, puffy fluid retention in the eyes in the morning.
    Claire

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  181. Hi Lara, Thanks for this post. I used to take Vitex regularly until i experienced pesticide exposure which dramatically affected the way I metabolise many things. I don’t know if I can still take Vitex but I stopped 6 years ago, along with everything else (a long story). The doctor has diagnosed low cortisol due to low pituitary, hypothalamus function and I’m interested to know if you think it’s worth me trying vitex again, of if there is anything else which may act on the pituitary on a more long term basis? Thanks 🙂

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  182. Hi Lara. My daughter is 18 and was diagnosed with a prolactinoma two years ago when a blood test (due to not getting her period) showed her prolactin levels at 3000 mlU/L. She took Carbogoline for about 8 months and then switched to Quinogolide when it caused acne, low mood and weight gain. She has been on Quinogolide for about a year and hasn’t had the easiest time with this drug either. Although her prolactin levels are better, they are still quite high (a recent blood test showed it to be 874 mlU/L), and the side effects have her very down.

    She is getting her period more than once a month and they are extremely heavy. She wears a tampon and pad and still bleeds through her clothes and bed sheets. Her breasts are often sore and have gone from a size B cup to double GG which she finds very uncomfortable. Two weeks ago she was lactating milk over a three day period and says she feels tired and unmotivated all the time. Since being diagnosed with prolactinoma two years ago she has continually gained weight despite her best efforts to eat healthy and exercise. She was approximately 68 kilos when diagnosed and just recently was weighed at 93 kilos.

    As I hope you can imagine, this is very difficult for Abigail to deal with. She is very frustrated and down. Any advice or suggestions that you can provide to help her overcome these complications would be greatly appreciated.

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  183. I have a question I started taking vitex over a week ago for irregular menses, first time ever. Doc prescribed provera but hesitant on taking it .will this help to straighten things out the vitex ? I had bleeding from dec 20th to january 7th and back again on January 16th .its very frustrating.

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  184. Would you prescribe this to someone after a miscarriage? To help their cycle get back on track or no? I had a D&C after we saw the 10 week fetus did not have a heartbeat anymore.

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  185. Hi there Lara, would you reccomend taking this even if you have a non functioning Pituatary microadenoma? I have low oestrogen and low testosterone and no period for nearly 3 years. Failed rounds of clomephine and superovulation.

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  186. Hi Lara, Is it ok to take Vitex if you have regular ovulation and nothing apparently wrong? My problem is ‘unexplained infertility’. I have had all the tests including a diagnostic laparoscopy, and they have found nothing wrong. Hormone levels, AMH, partner’s sperm are good-excellent. We have been trying for three years, I am now 38. Very healthy diet, and BMI, no pcos or endo obviously, tubes are clear, no damage. Naturopath thought I might have high cortisol due to problems with insomnia and stress in the past, but found it was actually low apart from at night, so put my on an adrenal herb liquid, but has also given my a fertility mix which includes Vitex. But she didn’t say to break during my period. I have been taking it for two months and noticed my usual breast swelling (not pain) in my luteal phase was much less, and ovulation symptoms were stronger, i.e. pinching feeling in ovary on and off for the duration of ovulation. Can Vitex be of benefit for conception when there is nothing specifically wrong? And should I be breaking from the fertility mix during my period?

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  187. I’ve tried almost everything but nothing is working. The first round of Clomid worked for me. I have taken 50 mg of Clomid for days 5-9 of my cycle. I’ve got it from “GET365BFP” 👍 to save $ (just search on Google to find reliable source) I got a clear blue ovulation kit and started tracking when I ovulated. Around day 29 of my clycle I started having period like symptoms and thought my period was about to start. A few days later, when I had NOT started bleeding, I thought it would be best to take a pregnancy test. 7 positive pregnancy test later, and I guess you can say I am pregnant.😀

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  188. Lara- I am still struggling to have a normal period and ovulate since I was put on the pill at the young age of 12. I’m currently taking maca and still not having ovulation. It was recommended to take vitex along with the maca, what are your thoughts ? Thanks ❤️

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  189. I have PCOS (irregular cycles and high androgens. I weigh 120 lbs.) and considering taking Vitex. My recently had blood tests and my LH was 17.2 mIU/mL and my Prolactin was 13.2 ng/mL. Thoughts on if I am a candidate for taking it?

    What is considered high levels of LH?

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  190. Is it normal for Vitex supplement to smell like expired almond? I just got my first bottle from Amazon and when I stuck my nose in the bottle it reminded me of rancid oil or nuts. The exp. date is far away…

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  191. Hi Lara, how do you feel about vitex for Hypothalamic Amenorrhea if prolactin is low? …I am reading your book but can’t find anything about low prolactin. Thanks for all your knowledge 🙂

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  192. Hi Lara. I only took depo once and wont taking again. It stopped period but gave me spotting.How soon can i start taking vitex? I will be turning 34 soon, and the 12th week wherein there will ve no more depo at injection site will b the 25 July…please advise further.

    I googled side effects of qlaira and dont think this would apply to me..
    I also have a history of pcos and I was on qlaira for 5 years to address this.Please I would be very greatfil for your input

    Thank you

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  193. I have PCOS (irregular cycles and high androgens. I weigh 120 lbs.) and considering taking Vitex. My recently had blood tests and my LH was 17.2 mIU/mL and my Prolactin was 13.2 ng/mL. Thoughts on if I am a candidate for taking it?

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  194. Dr. Lara, thank you for your wealth of information !! I’ve been on Vitex off and on for two years since I’m in peri menopause it’s doing wonders for my irregular periods. I actually do the 25 on and one week off, method it actually has been helping me tremendously!

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  195. Dear Lara, regarding high prolactin, do you have any opinions about the treatment with cabergoline?
    My doctor asked for a comprehensive hormonal test for us to figure out my “longer than the normal” but ovulatory cycle (I follow my BBT and I ovulate). The only hormone that was slightly out of the norm was prolactin (36,6 ng/mL).
    My doctor prescribed me 0,25mg of cabergoline (half pill) per week for 6 months. As usual, my doctor didn’t discussed with me nothing about side effects. I assumed it was ok, till I read the description of side effects on the bottle, but I don’t know how common they are.

    I went to your book to check what do you prescribe for high prolactin and found vitex, so I wonder if you know about any cons of cabergoline.

    obs: in may blood test we also found that I am vitamin D deficient (I have already read what you shared about D supplementation 🙂

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  196. I took agnucaston just a month bass on irregular menstration. But I could not see my menstration the second month and I have pains on my abdomen what’s the cause pls I need reply

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  197. Sorry to jump in… does vitex provide any other benefits for postmenopausal women, if it isn’t able to raise progesterone levels? I got some relief from it during meno and had more recently tried taking just a small pinch of dried whole berries daily (less has always seemed like more with this herb). Is it still nourishing to the pituitary gland?

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  198. Is It vitex combinable with Mirena iud? I have endometriosis and adeno and I have a pelvic cronic pain diary, so my gino recommends It for me. But I don’t know if it’s a good idea. Thanks

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  199. Hi Lara,

    I had been taking compounded Progesterone for very low progesterone and estrogen dominance during perimenopause, but my ob/gyn suggested I stop taking it because of swollen calves and cysts on my breasts. I have started to take DIM along with Turmeric, fish oil, Vit B Stress complex, and Vit D3/K. I am wondering if Vitex would be a good addition to my regimen to naturally increase progesterone? If so, how would I take it in combination with the DIM?

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  200. Hello Lara,
    My name is Tiara, 34 and I’ve had irregular periods since the beginning (13). I’m newlywed and my husband and I are trying for our first child. I’ve tried progesterone pills to regulate my period but I don’t like there side effects. I did my research on natural remedies for my period that are kidney friendly and I stumbled upon Vitex. I asked my dr about it and she told me to give it a try. Is there any other advice you could give me.

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    • Hi Laura,

      I’ve been on Vitex for 3 months now and I’ve experienced a drastic increase in anxiety and extreme insomnia. I started Vitex because I have high prolactin and struggle with insomnia from time to time. Vitex seemed like the perfect solution – lower prolactin and help with sleep, but my insomnia has gotten much worse. Do you think it could be the Vitex, or would it be unrelated?

      Thank you so much.

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  201. Hi.I am a bit confused about what u said that vitex lowers prolactin, thereby increasing progesterone. Whereas, I have read in other articles that reducing prolactin increases oestrogen.?
    Also, I have read conflicting info about Shatavari(which I am going to try taking soon.), that it increases prolactin…but also oestrogen.
    Its all a bit confusing when trying to increase my oestrogen levels…i am looking for a herb that does so. If u can clarify at all,iwoild be grateful.!Thanks

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  202. Hi, I’m confused about how to take the Vitex pills. I have irregular periods, my average cycle length is 57 days long (according to my period tracker). But many months I go without having a cycle, then when it does come it can last anywhere from a few days to literally a few months. My period ended a week ago and I’ve been lightly spotting, which is “normal” for me. I’m trying to regulate my periods so that i can conceive. I don’t know when I should start taking the pills…?

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  203. I’ve started my 6th box of Premular. It wasn’t until the 5th box that I noticed a small positive change and that was menstruating for 4 days instead of 7, however my PMS should worse, I still have acne and I’ve been suffering from severe migraine and nausea, constantly. I did not have issues with migraine and nausea before. Is is worth continuing the treatment? Is it one of those treatments that you feel worse before getting better?

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  204. i have had prolactinoma for 20 years and I am sick of taking dostinex. I am trying to lower my prolactine naturally by using the following herbs, roots and vitamins and minerals:

    Vitex
    Siberian ginseng
    Black cohosh
    Wild yam
    Ashwaganda
    Vitamin e
    Vitamin b6
    Zinc
    Maca
    Mucuna (l-dopa)

    I am taking them all in liquid tincture form for best possible potency. In addition, I am taking vitex in tablet form in addition to the vitex liquid. I was wondering if that is ok.

    I have not consulted anyone. I have just done some research on the net.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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  205. Dear Lara, I have high levels of prolaction (around 50-60 range), have regular periods of around 27-28 days. I am 37 and planning for a pregrancy this summer. My latest 2nd day LH was 10.36 and FSH 8.96 and E2 45.71 (tyriod levels normal); with these in mind would you recommend to try Vitex?

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    • in theory, but taking progesterone can potentially suppress ovulation. Which would defeat the purpose of Vitex.

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  206. I started vitex for regulating my periods . I am now pregnant. Should I stop taking vitex immediately or wean it off slowly? Or is it ok to keep taking it though out pregnancy? I am scared if i stop it abruptly I might have a miscarriage Please help .

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    • I did the same and weaned off slowly. Go down to 1 pill for a week, then every other day, then every 2 days, then stop. You shouldn’t take it your whole pregnancy. I also got a small dose progesterone pill prescribed by doctor to take through 14 weeks, as I was nervous.
      had healthy baby!

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  207. Hi Lara, I’m a clinical aromatherapist, and have discovered an essential oil blend containing Vitex Agnus Castus oil (as well as several other commonly known essential oils incl: Clary Sage) My daughter and I have found it very effective for period cramps and PMS, however we suspect it may be increasing bleeding.?? This doesn’t seem to be a problem for me at 45, but my daughter is already struggling with extremely heavy periods. We both have low iron stores and are taking an iron supplement. My 16yr old daughter was born with a completely non-functioning pituitary gland and therefore is supplemented artificially with prescription medication. Her Estrogen replacement is through the Pill – Microgynon 30 (She also takes Thyroxine and Hydrocortisone) I’m telling you all this merely out of interest, as a lot of what I read about herbal supplements may not necessarily apply to her. I’m really interested in what you make of all that. I think we might need your book.
    sincerely, Nicole Corse-Scott

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  208. Please I need your help!!! I suffered a brain injury years ago and after my doctor gave me a strong detox supplement called glutathione last year, I experienced massive hemorrhaging and still hemorrhaging to this day. I took that back in June 2018. It is now Feb 2019 and I’m still bleeding crazily. Enough to fill up my long pads stacked on top of each other. I am anemic so I am close to a blood transfusion with dizziness and heart palps. My condition further deteriorated after a month of high dose birth control back in August 2018. First they gave me Prometrium to try but I woke up with the worst hot flash in the world, like I was on fire inside. I am only alive right now because of traditional acupuncture used to stop the bleed each month. Without it I would bleed for months on end with nonstop. There was no sign of it stopping when I entered her office in desperation last year.

    I don’t know what glutathione did to me but I did feel a cognitive effect so it must have messed up the system that tells my body when to lower or raise hormones. Right now progesterone levels is almost none existent at 0.5 and estradiol at 227. DIM caused crazy hot flashes/anxiety which only tells me that I am already low in estrogen despite the ratio being higher than progesterone. So I am estrogen dominant but low in hormones?? My last resort is Vitex because I can’t keep paying for acupuncture. Is it possible that Vitex can make things worse?? I am scared to give it a try but at the same time, I also dont have other options. Its been 8 months of continuous bleeding and I don’t want to die like this. The brain/body system doesn’t seem to be shutting off on its own. What is wrong with me? My system was already screwed up from that brain injury and its like the glutathione was the straw that broke the camels back. Should I try Vitex or give it a few more months for body to rectify itself? Please help…forever grateful.

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    • I forgot to add, I only turned 35 last year and my periods were improving before the glutathione mess. After the one month use of high dose birth control pills to stop bleeding, my prolactin was elevated but it has now gone back to 8.3 with range of 5.0-27.0. It appears the birth control pills may have shut down my own production of hormones? Or maybe the glutathione caused them to be low?? I’m so lost.

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    • Glutathione would never cause you to bleed you need to see a doctor and see why you’re bleeding so much down there but it’s not caused from a natural supplement. Lol get educated

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    • I know this is a late response, but for anyone else reading it and wondering the same thing, I take Vitex for long, very heavy periods, and it helps. Reading through these comments from all the women taking it to start their periods might make it sound like it will make heavy periods worse, but it shouldn’t. It seems like it works with your body to give it what it needs, whether that’s an increase or a decrease. Weird but true.

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  209. My 14 year old daughter has had heavy and very, very long periods, more often menstruating than not, since she began at age 12. She has taken chaste tree tablets which help a small amount. She has been checked for medical issues and none have been found. The only suggestions are for her to take the pill or the Mirena IUD. My question is whether there are other supplements and which form and brand of chaste tree is best for a teen?

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  210. hi I’m reading with much interest your comments about increasing progesterone. I wondered it this applies to post menopausal women with a mirena fitted but not on any oral HRT.?

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  211. I have taken agnus castes daily for five years. I have had the progesterone Mirena coil for the past three. Do you think I should stop the agnus castus? I never take a break from it and have a few quite major hormonal issues.

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  212. Hi Lara
    I have a 43 days cycle. And irregular cycles. Recently i have started vitex for 25 days and not much effects until i decided to have a 5 days off and i started to get headaches and tiredness. But no period on the day 43 day. Should i continue after the 5 days or should i stop. I saw signs of ovulation after i stop the vitex. Is it works for me or i should stop? When can I get my period back?

    Thank You

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  213. Hi Lara, I have PMDD which started about 8 months post partum, all my hormones tested within range. I am still breastfeeding my 16 month old. Is it safe to take Vitex? Will it dry up my milk. I have used it once before to resolve estrogen dominance with great success.

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    • I have a short cycle now, too, at 24-25 days. How should I take chaste tree so that I’m not shortening my period. I wonder if I’ve been taking it wrong and causing the shorter periods. I’ve been taking it about 10 to 14 days before my period starts.

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  214. Hi! My daughter is 16 and taking vitex. She is taking it to manage extreme menstrual pain. When I was just reading your dos and donts it says don’t give to teenagers. Is there anything else that I can give her that will help them. I dont want to put her in the pill. But she is in terrible pain the first day. Thank you!

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  215. Hi Lara,

    What would be the best dosage of Vitex per day? I am taking it for unexplained fertility, though my cycles and ovulation are regular every month. I do however experience about two days of spotting each month before the start of my period.

    I just started taking Agnucaston about 10 days ago, which is 4mg of chaste tree powder per day. Is this a sufficient dosage?

    Thanks!

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  216. Hello dear Laura,
    Happy New Year!!!
    I have taken four month Vitex, for ovulation reasons, and PMS symptoms. After four months i’ve stooped per your suggestion on your blog post. I have noticed ovulation symptoms, in my vaginal discharge, i am 44 yrs old,not sure if i should expect ovulation to be like in my 20’s? But i still experience issues with pms, insomnia, irritability, headaches. I also take other supplements recommended by you (from magnesium, to B6, to zinc, to ashwaganda, iodine). I see some improvements of course, not major, but still. My question-i want to do another four month with Vitex …what is your suggestion? THANK YOU 🙂

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    • P.S. I forgot to mention, that my prolactin levels has been high in the past (i was diagnosed with pituitary adenoma) .I was on the meds before, in my late 20’s. BUt I have stopped the treatments, and decided to switch to natural naturopathic approach, i was on VItex before, but probably didn’t follow the correct directions.
      NOw i am glad i found you, and have your book, Last year i had blood test done, it was couple of days before my period, and prolactin was a but high. Thats when i started my four months Vitex treatment. I haven’t checked after that my levels, due to the med insurance in USA, it doesn’t allow you to check your blood every week, i know our hormones change every day or week, so i am not sure how to do a blood test to have accurate results?

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  217. My gyn just prescribed lo dose bc pill for peri symptoms all related to mood. I don’t mind the irregular cycles at this point in my life, I understand that’s nature and is inevitable but I can’t tolerate the mood swings, nor can my family. My thyroid tested normal, no hormone levels taken. Will vitex alleviate mood swings in peri? I also read about progesterone cream but am not schedule oriented enough to remember when and when not to use. Lol

    Thank you,
    Billie Jo Bibb

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  218. I have been giving vitex to my 12 year old who started her period 6 months ago. Her period was previously heavy flow and terrible cramps, acne and pms. With vitex, her acne improves and her period gets lighter, and little cramps. But, she would spot in between cycles while on vitex. Should I stop giving her vitex? What other supplements would you recommend for terrible cramps and pms? Thank you! I appreciate your advice

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  219. I am 33 years old. My husband and I have been trying to have children for over a year now with no success. A friend of mine suggested taking Vitex. I took 800 mg everyday as suggested on the bottle for 4 months. My period has never been regular (but I also wouldnt say irregular either). I noticed during this time my period was very erratic, I developed several lumps on my breast, my mood seemed depressed and also got headaches. I have read several comments from people saying they have only success stories with Vitex and I’m curious if anyone else had issues. I have been off for close to three months now and have been on my period for almost three weeks now. However the lumps have gone away and headaches are gone as well. I’m not sure if it is coincidence or if my body just didn’t handle this particular medication well. Any suggestions?

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    • Hi! Just wondering how long is took for your period to subside? I am in the same situation currently and can’t find follow up from anyone that experienced this. Thank you!

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  220. Hi there! I am peri meno and still get a period but at 53 I’m sure no longer ovulating.. I’m on 200mg q d bio progesterone only.. a big improvement with all SX.. sleep, irritability, bloat, weight but do get break thru SX with random irritability, which can get out of control.. would vitex help with that? Thank you for your response. Diane

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  221. I think I have post pill pcos. I came off the pill about 7 years ago and didn’t think anything of my cycle being 45-50 days, mainly because I wasnt tracking it and kinda enjoyed the long break between bleeding (wish I hadn’t!). My cycle before the pill came every month. Now I am married and wanting to start having kids soon. I’m currently taking maca and a licorice and peony combo for about a month now. Would it be okay to take vitex with the other supplements?

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  222. I have been taking it for 2.5 months and just found out I’m pregnant. I took 1000mg/day in the first half of my cycle and then cut down to 500mg post-ovulation. Should I stop taking it completely now or wean off slowly?

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  223. Hi I have been taking vitex for two weeks and was due for my period 3 days ago as my cycle is usually 28 days. It hasn’t come yet lol I am taking the supplement to try to reduce my symptoms of endometriosis and aid in balancing my oestrogen dominance. I feel a total difference in my cognitive activity and mood. My dose is 1000mg 1x per day, is this too high? After reading this I think I’ll take a break and see if my period turns up.

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