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#1 of 12 Old 01-26-2010, 09:36 PM - Thread Starter
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I had to share my experience with Vitex in hopes that he can help someone else.

I was diagnosed with PCOS in March of 2008. I was devestated. I took Metformin for the first 3 months after that, and it somewhat corrected my cycles but I felt AWFUL on it. DH and I knew we were going to wait another year or so for kids so I opted to get back on the pill til December. I hated the way I felt on the pill as well. So as soon as I got off the pill I started to take Vitex. I took it all the way up until we got pregnant in June. I had clockwork periods for all 6 months. Unfortunately we had a m/c in July and I started to use it again as soon as my HCG went to 0 in September. Again, I have had clockwork periods.

I always steered away from Vitex because people on here, various websites, and on soul cysters told me it would highten the hormone that was already elevated (LH) and lower the hormone that needed to be raised (FSH). This isn't true - or else I wouldn't be ovulating. My levels are completely normal. Vitex works to correct the hormones that need to be adjusted. We are currently TTC again and I know I am ovulating prefectly and my cycles are totally normal. Back to my same 32 days I had back in highschool.

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that's great news! I mean besides the miscarriage obviously.
I wanted to take vitex and did for a month to see if it would bring back ppaf. I know it can take up to 3 months to work so I didn't expect any results. The reason I stopped though is because I cannot find enough information on what to do once you get pregnant. Some say to stop once you get a positive, others say continue until 12 weeks. Others say wean off of it slowly...
I just think it's too risky. Maybe you have more info on it?
I am also interested because before having my baby I had a short luteal phase and slightly low progesterone and I heard it can help with that too.

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Thanks for sharing your story, Longhorn.
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Thanks for posting, is it a perscription drug I take it? I'm not ovulating and my cycles are getting out of whack due to work stress (even with PCOS my cycles were monthly regular).

I just started Metformin, and the next step is Clomid but I don't want to have to do that because that would mean weaning my son. Do you know if the Vitex is OK while nursing?

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I used vitex while nursing to increase my LP length (it was 8-9 days long) and I got my BFP the very first cycle on it. I'm 7 weeks pregnant and so far everything is fine. From what I have read, it is very safe to use when nursing and can lower your chance of a m/c if taken in the first trimester
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When do you take vitex? The whole cycle, or only after O?
I O late if I O at all. I've read that vitex can delay O so I'm nervous to take it.
I have a new bottle ready and waiting.

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I took it during my whole cycle except during AF. I heard that it can delay O also but it didn't for me. I o'ed at about the same time as usual.
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Thanks for sharing your positive story about Vitex!


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So little is understood about PCOS that I wouldn't be shocked if it helps with some (as of yet un-categorized) kind of PCOS but doesn't help/hurts in others. It's so frustrating!

I have a low-progesterone shortish-LP issue myself (and PCOS..) - maybe I should give it a second try!

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The only reason that I'm hesitant to use Vitex is because everyone I've spoken to (as well as informational websites) have noted that it can take several month to kick in. I'm also using Soy Isoflavones and you cannot use the two together as they counteract each other.

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I didn't know what it did, because I didn't have health insurance at the time, so didn't have tests...

But, when I had stopped having my moon cycle for over a year and a half at the ripe age of 21, there was a vitamin specialist who told me to take vitex. I took it for a couple months, and my moon cycle kicked back in. After that happened, I stopped taking it. Back in 2008, I had a miscarriage (I had come here for lots of good pos support). Now, I am wondering if that may have helped my pregnancy. Will consider for next time. All my hormones were all out of whack in 2006 (the last time I had them checked, don't have insurance now).
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I actually came on here looking for information about whether or not I can take clomid while breastfeeding to ttc again (which someone mentioned in their post I cannot) but they did mention that I can take Vitex so I am very excited! I have PCOS and in addition to many other things I took Vitex to conceive my daughter. I took a steroid called dexamthesone instead of metformin and it was cheap with few side effects and WORKED! I'm excited to know that I can just take the vitex instead of clomid in case I am still nursing when I decide I am ready to try again.
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