Vitex is so effective and popular is because of its ability to balance hormones while not containing hormones itself. Vitex supports hormonal balance in the body by having an effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis (hormonal feedback loop), correcting the problem at the source.
Vitex has been found to help normalize ovulation, improve a short luteal phase and reduce Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), all known fertility inhibitors. In one study, vitex helped normalize progesterone levels and increased the luteal phase from 5.4 days to 11.4 days.
Vitex increases luteinizing hormone production while mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This indirectly boosts progesterone production and chances of achieving and maintaining a successful pregnancy.
Do you know if you have low estrogen?
If you are having high progesterone before ovulation Vitex may not be a good choice. Have you considered eating a PCOS specific diet? This way of eating may help to reduce insulin resistance. Resistance to insulin increases the bodies insulin levels which effects normal ovulation by preventing the body from ovulating or limiting the maturation process of the released egg. If you would like to learn more about the PCOS Diet click here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/pcos-fertility-diet
If you know when you ovulate Vitex may be more beneficial in a case like yours if taken after ovulation up to your when your period begins.
I don't recommend taking medications with herbs unless you are under the supervised care of a professional herbalist or you discuss it with your doctor and they give you the ok.
I hope this helps you understand Vitex more.
Dalene Barton, CD, Herbalist