Join Date: May 2008
Location: outside Philadelphia, PA
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I've really no idea if your experience is due to the vitex.. but I'll share my experience with it so far.
I started taking it because I used to have very regular, textbook cycles, but recently I have been having a lot of spotting, both mid-cycle and after my period. Some of this is probably due to the fact that I have been eating a lot, and gaining weight slowly, for the past few months. I think my hormones are in upheavel what with the extra calories, and the surprising amount of butt-fat I've managed to pile on! My boobs are growing and have been mega-sore, and my cramps have been much worse than usual too.
I also have a short luteal phase which I would like to lengthen. I take one pill in the morning, before breakfast.
My last period was June 3rd-9th, then I spotted for several days in the middle of the month (sigh). I started taking Vitex on the 15th of June, and then.. waited and waited. I just got my period on the 18th of July. I've NEVER had a cycle that long (it's always between 27 and 31 days) so I'm assuming it's due to the vitex (since didn't gain any more weight during this time). Not sure if that's a good or bad thing.. so far my period is normal, if somewhat heavy (but nice and red!). I am now hoping there won't be a week of spotting afterward!