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Any know or common side effects of vitex?

I'm asking because I was quick to blame vitex for AF being late but I haven't been taking since cd 46 and I'm still waiting for AF. I'd love to hear other experiences.
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Here is everything I found on it. I hope it helps.

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Side effects from taking vitex include itching, rash, headache, hair loss, fatigue, agitation, dry mouth, tachycardia, nausea and increased menstrual flow. Large doses may cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Vitex is generally not recommended in pregnancy due to its unknown effects on the pituitary. Women who have cancers of the breasts or reproductive system, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids, and men who have prostate cancer should not take vitex. Vitex may interfere with HRT or oral contraceptives. They can also interfere with drugs that affect dopamine levels.
http://www.vitamins-supplements.org/...ents/vitex.php

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Nausea, stomach upset or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these unlikely but serious side effects: unusual changes in the menstrual period. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
http://www.medicinenet.com/chaste_tr...al/article.htm

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Vitex agnus castus is exceptionally safe. In one study, chaste tree berry was given up to 9 years with very few side effects.

It's advisable to not take vitex if you are pregnant.
http://www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com/vitex.html
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Thanks for that info. Those are exactly what I was looking for.

Anyone have higher temps while taking Vitex?
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I have had higher temps since taking Vitex! I think it's a good thing though. What I read in TCOYF said that pre-O temps below about 97.5 indicate low progesterone. Mine used to run about 96.8. Plus, an embryo needs a warmer environment. Not hot tub warm or anything but not cold like I always have been! It wouldn't surprise me if my cold nature has been hindering us in our TTC efforts. I'm warm now! I can't even sleep with the covers on anymore (except last night but my temp was way low this morning)!
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I started Vitex this cycle and my pre-o temps were a bit lower and my post-o temps higher...my understanding is that vitex works by balancing your cycle.

I haven't read TCOYF...yet... but in my understanding the dominant hormone before O is estrogen which is the cool one (lowers your temps) estrogen is what causes the build up of the lining in the uterus. After O the dominant is/should be progesterone which is the warm one (higher temps) if you are not pregnant, they both dip at the end of the cycle triggering AF.
Here's a pretty good chart and explanation...

As for your long cycle...is this your first cycle on Vitex?...I have read quite a few accounts of it taking up to three cycles to really balance/regulate? I charted an 8 day LP last cycle and am 10 DPO today with no sign of impending AF...we'll see if I go for a marathon cycle too.

Good luck to you and I hope the website helps!!
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I also read that taking Vitex during pregnancy was safe. I have been wondering though...

It seems to have been used for a remarkably long time without anything negative - even in pregnancy. It has lengthened my LP, and I have endometriosis (a version of it, anyway called adenomyosis). I am not 100% sure yet, but Vitex seems to be helping me with higher temps, no PMS, no pain duing BD (not sure if that is an effect of it or not, but I notice), and a less sore chest.

I want to find out why they say it is not safe during pregnancy because so many other place say it IS safe and that a pregnant woman should wean herself after 12-16 weeks.

If I find the site, I will post it.

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Christi,

What I read is that there are no long term studies showing the safety in pregnancy. I do not think it has been proven unsafe...just not proven safe yet.
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Blissfullyloving, thanks for that.

It's interesting to me that no one in the health industry is doing studies where we can readily find the answers. I imagine someone in some well-funded laboratory is trying to create an FDA-approved, manmade version of Vitex so they can sell it and try to profit from nature. *giggles*

I did a little digging on this site and found women who are currently using while pregnant. They might be a good resource for us all. I have not written anyone yet, but here's the link to one of the pages I have found. I will post more as I find them.

Thanks again,
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http://www.mothering.com/discussions...p#post10033275
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It's interesting to me that no one in the health industry is doing studies where we can readily find the answers. I imagine someone in some well-funded laboratory is trying to create an FDA-approved, manmade version of Vitex so they can sell it and try to profit from nature. *giggles*
I am sure that is exactly what has happened (or is in the process of happening). :

Thanks for the link!
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As for your long cycle...is this your first cycle on Vitex?...I have read quite a few accounts of it taking up to three cycles to really balance/regulate? I charted an 8 day LP last cycle and am 10 DPO today with no sign of impending AF...we'll see if I go for a marathon cycle too.
Yes this was my first cycle taking vitex. I didn't expect a miracle since I know it can take up to 3 months for everything to be balanced out. I started to notice symptoms that started to make me worry: dizziness, nausea and vomiting daily, terrible migranes and I would wake up in the middle of the night extremely thirsty. All of these symptoms got to the point that I decided to contact my GP and stopped taking the vitex. He took blood tests and did an ultrasound, everything came back normal (except for being positive for strep B). After reading somewhere about side effects of vitex it got me thinking so I posted here to see if any of the ladies here had any info. Thanks for taking the time to reply to my questions.
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JohnsCelticQueen That sounds awful. You seemed to have all the common side effects! I am not taking vitex, but I started taking an additional B-complex supplement. I swear that made me so nauseous.
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I did have some side effects that I felt were from taking vitex. I had taken the maximum dosage and I think that was part of it. I had horrible pms with dizziness, headaches, horrible lower backache, just felt awful all around. I stopped taking the vitex and it was a little better the next cycle (that was last cycle). I decided to try one more time, but in a lower dosage and in the capsule form rather than the tincture this cycle and so far I've had no strong PMS symptoms at all and af is due today or tomorrow.
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You know, I read somewhere yesterday that most people who did experience the Vitex side effects exhibited them within 3-4 days of beginning to take it. So I suppose if you ladies started feeling that way right around when you started Vitex you could pretty accurately attribute the sickness to it...I'll look for that reference. Here ya go
Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery
Volume 9, Issue 3, August 2003, Pages 157-160 :
"Vitex agnus castus...Side effects generally manifested within 3–5 days of the beginning of use, and all side effects disappeared with discontinuance of vitex."
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Were you taking the capsules or the tincture?

I read somewhere on the boards that the side effects of the capsules are worse than the tincture.

I am taking the tincture (just started Tuesday) and no side effects yet.
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How much vitex should a person take, and on what cycle days?

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Since taking vitex helps with progesterone production it can cause your temps higher especially in the LP.

 
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How much vitex should a person take, and on what cycle days?
I take 1600mg/day for my entire cycle. It's safe during the 2ww and everything. I believe I read that even after you get a BFP, you should continue to take it through the 1st trimester and then gradually go off of it.
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I believe it was responsible for my extra-long cycle last month, as it's the only full cycle I took it. I will never take it again.

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I was taking it in pill form, 800mg a day. I planned on taking it the entire cycle. My 'symptoms' started 3 days after I started taking it, most of mine were under those listed for an allergic reaction and recommend that you contact your dr if they occure.
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I was taking it in pill form, 800mg a day. I planned on taking it the entire cycle. My 'symptoms' started 3 days after I started taking it, most of mine were under those listed for an allergic reaction and recommend that you contact your dr if they occure.
I took like 1000mg a day during that cycle, for probably a total of 30 days (including a few days toward the end of the previous cycle).

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