The Dos and Don’ts of Vitex for Period Problems

Vitex or chaste tree for period problemsVitex (also called Chaste tree or Chaste berry) is a herbal medicine prepared from the berries of a large 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 therefore lowering the hormone prolactin which has an ovulation-inhibiting effect. It also helps to relieve other symptoms of high prolactin such as breast pain and facial hair. The herbal medicine works best in the situation of high prolactin and is not usually a suitable treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS.

Vitex also contains opiate-like constituents, which calm the nervous system and relieve premenstrual anxiety and sleep problems.

Dos

  • Do use for PMS
    It relieves premenstrual symptoms such as irritability, fluid retention, and breast pain. Vitex has performed well in several clinical trials for PMS and PMDD.
  • Do use for breast pain
    It’s particularly helpful for premenstrual breast pain and reduces lumpiness and pain within just two cycles. I recommend it be used together with iodine for breast pain.
  • Do take in the morning
    The usual dose is first thing in the morning before breakfast because that is when your pituitary is most responsive to the Vitex’s prolactin-lowering effect.
  • Do consider for irregular periods, but use caution with PCOS
    Vitex promotes ovulation and can bring on a period within two to three months. That said, it does not work for everyone, and if you have PCOS, it can make periods less regular by raising luteinizing hormone (LH), a hormone that is already too high in most types of PCOS.  It only works for the androgen excess that is caused by high prolactin. Read 4 causes of androgen excess in women.
  • Do take in your follicular phase
    Because it works to promote ovulation, Vitex works best when taken before ovulation and then continued until the first day of the period. If you don’t have regular periods, then pulse the dose as described below.
  • Do take a break every month
    Take a five-day break from the herb every month. If you have regular periods, take five days off from the first day of your period. If you don’t have regular periods, dose the medicine for 25 days, then five days off, then 25 days on again. This pulsed-dosing prevents attenuation of the herb’s effect on the pituitary.

Don’ts

  • Don’t take too soon after stopping the birth control pill
    When you first come off the pill, your pituitary and ovaries start to communicate with each other for the first time in years (maybe decades). You want a gentle, slow start to that ovulation-communication and not confuse things with a strong pituitary herb before you can even see what your ovaries can do. For more detailed advice about coming off the pill, see Period Repair Manual.
  • Don’t combine with fertility drugs or IVF
    Combining Vitex with ovulation-stimulating drugs can result in a serious condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
  • Don’t take for too long
    Vitex is most effective during the first three to six months of use. After that, its effect on the pituitary starts to diminish. It is probably safe to take Vitex for longer than six months, but you should not need to take it that long. If Vitex is the right treatment for you, it will work within the first three or four months. You can then stop it, and still maintain ovulation and healthy periods with diet and other supplements. After a month or two break, you can return to the herb, if you felt better on it.
  • Don’t give it to teenagers
    I rarely prescribe Vitex for girls younger than 18. That’s because their pituitary-ovarian communication is still developing, and I don’t want to disturb it. That said, if their pituitary-ovarian communication is already disturbed, say by taking the pill, then Vitex can be a gentler option.

Ask me in the comments.

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

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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  61. 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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  62. 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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  63. 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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  64. 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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  65. 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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  66. 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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  67. 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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  68. 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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  69. 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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  70. 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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  71. 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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  72. 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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  73. 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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  74. 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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  75. 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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  76. 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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  77. 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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  78. 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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  79. 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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  80. 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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      • started Vitex again.. for one cycle, period came early, and the mood was awful, depression,cried the whole period, usually these symptoms i experience before period and can manage with supplements. But during period i am usually calm. This time was worse !
        can Vitex make me feel this way?
        i read somewhere that it does !

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  81. 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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  82. 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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  83. 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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  84. 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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  85. 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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  86. 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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  87. 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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  88. Is it ok to take Vitex and a prenatal vitamin at the same time? I am trying to conceive but have irregular periods and don’t ovulate every month so I am hoping Vitex will help but I also want to make sure if I get pregnant the fetus is getting all of the good stuff it needs.

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  89. Hello. I was just recommend to give vitex to my 14 yr old girl. She has not yet started menstruation and her emotions are so low, she is so sad and frustrated. Is there something safer for her to take to balance her hormone ups and downs? She has a healthy diet and takes a teen vitamin, fish oil and probiotics at present.
    Thanks!

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  90. I took Vitex for a while and loved it! I was just sad the effects weren’t lasting, but I’m guessing that has to do with my less-than-ideal lifestyle and diet. My hips even got a bit wider when I took it, I suddenly had a thigh gap (note: I’m still very young, not a teenager but not much older which explains my body’s capacity for such growth and I took it because I had menstruation issues, not to change my physical structure; also, I am underweight, otherwise I would not have a thigh gap and I’m also not all that happy with that gap. I wish I had a healthy, higher weight but for now that’s a bit of a pipe dream. Working on it though.)

    I intend to clean up my diet and I also took a gap year between my bachelor’s and masters as my education combined with health issues was a major source of stress so that I can spend time on building my health. I also intend to make Vitex and other adaptogenic herbs a part of my healing process – I’m grateful that such amazing herbs exist!

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  91. I am perimenopausal and recently ws referred to a gyno for an ovarian cyst with septum which she wanted to remove but I asked for a couple of months as I knew it would go. Also had alot of bleeding and clots every few months. I’ve been talking evening primrose , magmin magnesium, estrogen detox vitex, ginger. I.just had an iron infusion today as my ferretin was 13. That knocked me around quite a bit. An ECG revealed a reading which they said usually had to do with medicines or supplements..the only medicines ive had is panadol. Im not sure now if I should continue with supplements and if vitex is good in my situation. My gp did prescribe bioidenticle progesterone on my request but I havent started yet as I thought Id like the iron infusion to work properly before I have another bleed…..Michelle

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  92. Hi, I’ve been on this herb for two months now and it has helped my estrogen dominance, and stress levels and anxiety I feel from hormonal imbalance but the one thing it has caused is acne breakouts right before my period which I never really had before taking this. Is there anything I can do to avoid this? I don’t know what’s going on causing this.

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  93. Hi I just ordered your book..can’t wait to read it.. I’m 46 and had heavy periods all my life ..last few years started getting even heavier that I take iron infusions weekly… I tried everything from birth control to iud (fell out) and nothing seems to work the last I tried was prometrium 100mg helped a little my dr said it might get better.. the third cycle I started bleeding mid cycle my dr gave me 400mg at this point I stopped everything I feel all these hormones mess me up .. can you please tell me what to try not to have such heavy periods I don’t wanna go in surgery direction.. or should I test my progesterone and try the higher dose????

    Looking forward to your response thank you.

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  94. Good morning Lara,
    What is the dosage of Vitex you recommend for irregular (too often) period? I take it as prescribed 2 capsules in the morning on empty stomach (1000 mg capsule, 3 mg agnuside). Been taking it for a couple of months and so far and had two periods in the last month…Should I reduce the dosage? Or keep taking it as it starts working when taken during longer chunks of time? Thanks a lot in advance!

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    • @Maria Burrows – I would recommend trying Inositol (I use the brand Ovasitol) for super short cycles. It’s what most women who have short cycles do to lengthen their menstrual cycle. Although mine wasn’t super duper short, it wasn’t ideal (23 days for almost a year, instead of 28) and I took it for 1-2 months and it’s lengthened it back to 28. A lot of people in the PCOS community use it. Hope that helps!

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  95. Hi Lara, Thanks for your article 🙂
    I am now taking Adaptogens pills too, do you think is that okay i take both in the same time ? ( VITEX & Adaptogens )
    I ve been in low progesterone for these 4 months.
    I got spotting a week after period finished.

    Thanks for your help

    Puspa

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  96. I just requested my library carry this! I will be purchasing your book but for those who are unable or just browsing in the library, this is an excellent choice to have for women’s health.

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  97. I have been on vitex since I read it in your book more than 2 years ago. My problem is I simply cant stop taking it because half my hair falls out (back and temples) 3 months after stopping- every time! Vitex gave me immediate relief first time i started taking it, pms dissapeared completely. I dont know what to do! I am so afraid of loosing my hair again. All symtoms reappear as well.. so i dont feel that sustained effect you write about. Have you had patients like me? What do you tell them to do?
    Please help me!

    Thank you, Nina

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    • If Vitex is working that well, and you don’t have side effects, then it’s probably fine to continue. Although I’m not sure why it would work so well for hair…

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  98. I started Vitex to help increase my luteal phase (I normally start spotting 8-9 days post O. ) I took my first dose on day 5 and ovulated on day 16. I started spotting on day 22 only 6 days after O. Feeling a little discouraged and wondering if this is normal for the first cycle using Vitex or if this is a sign that it might not be for me. Would love any input!!

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  99. Hi!
    I have a history of 2 year post pill amenorrhea. Last year I began working with my GP, a gynaecologist and a fertility naturopath to try and solve it. I have tried a whole bunch of different treatments, none of which brought on my period naturally. In an attempt to “kick start” my natural periods my gynaecologist gave me a birth control called seasonique which i have been taking for 6 months. During this time I did have withdrawal bleeds. I have just finished my period on the last of this pill pack and I want to try and get things going naturally again. How long should I wait to start taking vitex?

    Thank you!

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  100. So I started using vitex because a friend said it worked for hormonal headaches. I was on it for about a week and a half (on and off) before I realized I shouldn’t be using it with birth control pill (I know I should have known better, should have read first). Anyways with in that week and a half There were activities in the bedroom ? could that week and a half been enough to offset my birth control that I may get pregnant?

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  101. Hi Lara,

    I want to take Vitex to get my period back. I havent had my period for almost 12 years now. I have used Nuvaring for 14 years and my period just disappeared while I was using it. Before that, when I was 16, my period also disappeared for a couple of years and my gynecologist gave me progesterona. He said that, because of my violent/traumatic past, then my body didnt make some hormones.

    At the moment I am 35. I stopped using Nuvaring last january and I started yesterday with Vitex, one table a day before breakfast. I could have 2 tablets too, should I do that? I thought it was good starting slow.

    I dont have pcos, but I do have too much candida/disbiosis in my gut. I am treating that too through diet and antifungals. I think (not sure about this) my candida has spread to my vagina but I dont have symptoms there, just a little bit of white discharge sometimes, it doesnt smell and it is not itchy. When my cadida is bad, I do have pms symptoms… I hate it… that’s why I want to get my period back. Somehow I think it could help solving my candida problem.

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  102. Hi Lara! I read a lot of Vitex, due to my progesterone deficiency, but I’m still very careful with Vitex and so far I haven’t tried it. What about Vitex and endometriosis? In some sources it’s written it’s not ok to take Vitex when you are having endo. Also what do you think about low AMH levels and taking Vitex? Thank you!

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  103. I am a month post birth and want to regain my fertility. I am breast feeding? Will vitex help me regain my fertility when breast feeding? Age is a factor for me so wanting to get pregnant again as soon as possible.

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  104. Hi there, thanks this has been a very useful article for me. I have been taking this herb for two years now to help manage pms, and it worked. However is seems perhaps I need to stop from what i have read.
    What has been your experience of Vitex and helping with PMS?
    Thanks!

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  105. Curious to see Lara’s response. I have a good one I’d used for a couple years, on and off…giving it breaks. I don’t have it with me but am willing to share the name when I get another bottle. I got it from a naturopathic dr. The one I got at the health food store didn’t seem to work well.

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  106. On one of your posts I read how much (and the strength) of the Vitex to take….can’t find it in this article, can you help me please?

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  107. You are not kind. I have sent an email and i was told to ask my questions through your blog. I did, I asked my question on July5, just gave up waiting for your answer. People have their own struggles in this life, if you don`t help please don`t waste others time with empty promises for your own marketing purposes. I have bought your book, and i trusted you when I don`t have a health insurance. Very disappointed.

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  108. Hi Lara! I need your advice as I’m really panicking at the moment! My periods have always been very regular but i wanted to slightly lengthen my luteal phase which is about 10/11 days. I’ve been TTC for 1 year without success, and about 6 weeks ago i started Vitex at 4mg once a day in the morning. I’m now on cycle day 25 and I did not ovulate! OPKs were all negative and I had an ultrasound done yesterday which confirmed that ovulation did not happen. This has never, ever happened to me and I’m 100% sure the Vitex has delayed/stopped ovulation for me. I stopped taking it 4 days ago. I’m now in full blown panic mode and not sleeping because of the anxiety and worry this has caused me. Can you please tell me what is going to happen now? Will I eventually ovulate? Will my periods go back to normal? Will I end up with a never ending cycle like some posts that I’ve read? I cannot find any answers to these questions online and I am making myself physically ill with worry. Messing up my cycle was the last thing i needed while TTC! Thanks so much and I’m REALLY looking forward to hearing from you!

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  109. Hi Lara! I really need your advice. I am a 30 year old female. My cycles are usually regular but I get bad PMS ( bloating, cramps, breast pain fatigue). I started taking vitex on August 8th this month. I’m not on day 31 of my cycle and still no period. I quit taking the vitex a few days ago because I read how other women took vitex and it delayed or stopped their period. I am concerned because I have not got my period and I am a little freaked out that maybe ovulation didn’t happen and maybe I messed up my cycle. I really hope my cycle will go back to normal.Please advise on what I should do.

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    • Hi Melissa,

      I’m replying to your comment because this exact thing is happening to me and I’m freaking out and can’t find any help or answers about it anywhere. Can you please tell me if there have been any updates about your issue? Did you eventually ovulate/get your period? Hoping to hear from you!

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  110. I started taking Vitex a few days ago and noticed I’ve been having heart palpitations, like fluttering from time to time. Is this normal? Should I cut the dose in half? I’m taking 1,000 Mg of Gaia brand like it states on the bottle. I have low progesterone and trying to lengthen luteal phase in hopes of getting pregnant. Thanks

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  111. Hi, I commented back in March and didn’t get a response, so I’m reposting in hopes you’ll share your opinion:
    Hi! I take Vitex for PMS and it has definitely helped eliminate breast tenderness and reduce the duration and intensity of my menstrual cramps. My mood before my period is still a bit anxious and irritable, but can also include sadness and crying. (I read on another blog that vitex can worsen depression and am slightly worried this may be the case, and also concerned that stopping taking it would mean a cessation of relief of the things it’s helping me with.) Anyway, my question is: Should people who are taking Vitex for these reasons also be taking a break from it as you recommended for people using it to regulate their cycles? If so, what is your recommendation? Thanks

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    • *I am referring to suggested monthly breaks starting the first day of one’s period, as well as the tip to not take it for too long. If one should not take it longer than six months, should it be resumed after a certain amount of time/break? (For PMS relief and breast tenderness)

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    • Hi Rachel, If it’s working for you, it should be fine to keep taking it long-term. I ask my patients to stop it for a month every ten months or so, just to avoid any long-term attenuation of its effect.

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  112. My cycles are between 28-31 days. My period only lasts 3 days. I have terrible PMS about 10 days before my period starts. I’m confused as to what days I should take Vitex. We would like to have another child too.

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    • I would say that Vitex is not strong enough for perimenopause. Please see the perimenopause chapter in Period Repair Manual for details about dairy-free diet, turmeric, calcium-d-glucarate, and micronized progesterone capsules.

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  113. Hi Dr Briden, I have a PCOS diagnosis but have successfully been pregnant and given birth to two babies while taking Vitex (before I knew it might not be the best choice!). We are now TTC again and struggling. My latest blood test showed a 3:1 Lh to fsh ratio. Would it be a good idea to avoid Vitex this time around? Thank you!

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  114. This is so interesting!! So if I have been taking it for I can’t remember how long but at least 4 months probably at least 6 months maybe even longer.. and I still have acne… should I stop taking vitex forever? Do I ever need to re start taking it? Why do I still have acne? What do you recommend doing for pcos? 😀

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  115. Hello and thank you for your work and the important information in your books and blog. I`ve read that Vitex has anti-anxiety effect (D.r Aviva Romm). I`m taking it for 6th month now, this morning I had to avoid any supplements due to the blood test. I usually don`t suffer from anxiety, but I felt somehow not relaxed, without being able to identify any trigger. Then I took Vitex in the afternoon and returned to my normal relaxed state. Could missing the pill in the morning be a reason for that? Is there a dependency on opioid-like effect of it?
    Thank you very much!

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  116. Hi Lara, Thank you for your website. I am taking tamoxifen for breast cancer and it has caused me to only have my period every 50-90 days, which is causing other problems like a thickened lining. Can I take Vitex to try to have a period? Thanks for your help, Caroline.

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  117. Dear Lara, Thank you for the helpful information. I am on tamoxifen for breast cancer and it has caused my periods to only occur every 90 days or so, which is causing other problems such as thickened uterine lining. Can I take Vitex to try to have a period again? Thank you for your help!

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    • Hi Caroline, Vitex would not be able to overcome the effects of tamoxifen. Also, Vitex could potentially increase estrogen, so you should check with your doctor before taking it.

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  118. Can you please guide whether Vitex agnus castus should be taken during periods or not?

    How do you decide the first day of menstruation?

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  119. Hello.I am 46 and have been confirmed as going through peri menopause.Ive had a bad month as i have very low mood,bloating and had a 14 day period(it stopped and started again even heavier).Ive taken Agnus Castus before ti regulate my period from 18 days to 25 but then stopped when i had spottine and have since read to have breaks now and then.Please help.

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  120. Hi, if using Vitex for fertility to help ovulation and progesterone levels, is there an issue stopping it once you become pregnant, since it would have been potentially helping create progesterone which is needed to maintain pregnancy?
    Thank you!

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    • I am curious about this too, would be wonderfull if lara responds because i heard stories about people having miscarriages because the stopped vitex cold turkey… some women say they continued until 12 weeks and others lean off slowly after confirming pregnancy… whats your opinion dr lara ??

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  121. Please advise! My integrative medicine doc has put my 16 year old on Vitex. It has helped tremendously. Now I am scared bc I read that you say not to give to teens. Have I done permanent damage to her pituitary? I see that you say don’t give under 18 bc you want to give a chance for pituitary to regulate ovulation on its own. My daughter got her period at 11. Does the fact that she got it young mean it was already regulated or I have still done damage? I am stopping her today after reading your information. She’s been on it for about 6 weeks.

    And a HUGE thank you…….
    thank you, thank you for all your invaluable information? I have 3 girls….12 (has celiac), 16, 18 who all have period problems (not to mention. My own perimenopausal problems!) and I am so committed to fixing them naturally with your help and my integrative doc’s help. We’ve made GREAT strides already and I’m so excited to implement some of your advice here. My one daughter is struggling with an eating disorder/depression/anxiety which is heartbreaking and with your information I am hoping to get through to her that her eating habits are making like even worse for her by restricting carbs, preventing ovulation, causing an absence in progesterone etc. I am recommending your book to every mother I know with daughters and have become so passionate so am considering a career in helping other girls fix their periods before resorting to birth control. I’d say MOST of my daughters friends are on BC and it makes me sick. Thank you!!!!

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  122. Interesting article. My daughter and I have been taking Vitex on and off for years as I found it helpful for PMS symptoms. What would be your advice on taking it after menopause? I am 52 and went through menopause about 2 years ago. I am still plagued by ovarian cyst/fibroid discomfort, as well as all the other annoying symptoms of menopause. Thanks in advance.

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  123. Dr. Lara, thank you! Your knowledge helped me a lot both physically and mentally. I am in much better state but I still have couple questions and I appreciate your input.
    I am 39. I have fibroid and fibrocystic breast, no PCOS. My cycles are irregular, but after I started magnesium after your book, I got normal cycles these last couple months, hopefully it will continue. I have just started taking iodine supplement. I have also ordered zinc and rhoidola.
    I have started the iodine because my breast becomes so painful after ovulation until my period, and also want to use it as cancer prevention after reading your blog. However, in your book you suggested iodine as an estrogen detoxifier.

    1) I think I might have low in estrogen because I used to have hot flashes, and my cycles are light. So my worry is can iodine make my estrogen level lower?
    2) Should I get vitex?
    3) Have you heard of seed cycling? What is your opinion on that?

    thanks

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  124. Hi Lara, I have a question about vitex dosing. I am 18 months postpartum and started it about 25 days ago to start my period and assess severe PMDD. I am Pretty sure I just Ovulated. Should I take a 5 day break, or continue until my period comes, then take a 5 day break?

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    • You need to read carefully… she clearly says that the break should only be 5 days starting on the first day of your period… not before

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  125. Thank you so much for sharing this info! ❤️ I have a regular cycle. My issue is PMDD and super sore breasts for 2 weeks. Do you have any recommendations on doseage? Every bottle is different. Thanks in advance 😀

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  126. Hi Lara
    My daughter is nearly 13 started her period 6 months ago. Irregular and painful as well as heavy. Our Gp put Her on the Pill. A disaster, she took it for 2 weeks had headaches. Felt sick. She stopped the pill 4 days ago and today she had her period heavy, painful. I got Femiscript from the health shop. I was told 2 tablets a day. She tells me she feels worse with the first tablet! Had pain and heavy bleeding. What do you suggest ?

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    • Vitex is not my first choice for the heavy, painful periods of teenagers. Instead, please read about the zinc, turmeric, and dairy-free diet that I discuss in my book Period Repair Manual.

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      • Hi Lara you are a 100% correct. My daughter had a really bad reaction to Vitex we ended up in casualty and she was put on a drip for pain, vommiting and upset stomach. The doctor told me it’s not a herb for a young girl her age. Thank you for your response I will definitely purchase your book ASAP

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  127. I see so many different recommended doses on the internet, I’m confused how much I should take. And should I titer up the dose in the beginning? I need it for fibroids and very heavy bleeding that leaves me severely anemic. Right now my only other choice is iron infusions once a year. I also have a very swollen “menopause” belly but I’m only 40. I went off Bc pill 3 months ago hoping my stomach would shrink but no. So I’m left with trying to stop the heavy flow and not ready for hysterectomy.

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  128. You have posted information conflicting with what most respected sources recommend re: vitex. I have read over and over that it takes months to be effective – while you recommend only taking for a few months…

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  129. Would post pill pcos be similar to post breastfeeding period issues? I breastfed my daughter for 2 years, but now I’m losing scalp hair, growing facial hair, acne that won’t quit, and no periods.. help!

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