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I've been taking Vitex for several months to try to shorten my cycles & bring on ovulation. In December I saw a naturopath who also put me on Symplex F, a bunch of typical ttc vitamins, and a homeopathic hormone balance tincture containing licorice, burdock, wild yam, angelica & black cohosh.<br><br>
I've been busy taking all of this stuff every day, and I feel really good, but am still not pregnant, and still aparently not ovulating (at least not every month) according to bloodwork done last month, which pointed toward a likely PCOS diagnosis.<br><br>
Today I went for my first gynecologist appointment, and he prescribed a gradually increasing dose of Metformin to try for a few months. I had been really driven to stick to homeo/naturopathic medicine, but we've been ttc for 18 months, and I'm getting to the point where I'm ready to try prescription drugs (I think. Though I'm terrified of Met. side effects..).<br><br>
Anyway, the gynecologist said there was no need to take all of the homeopathic stuff on top of the Metformin, and that there wasn't much out there in the way of research about possible side effects from mixing homeopathic with traditional medicine. But... has anyone tried it? I tend to think this is a typical physician's opinion, and that most homeopathic remedies don't have the capacity to do harm, but am I being naive? HELP!
 

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I've been taking Vitex and Metformin for a while now. I've disclosed the Vitex to all the doctors I have seen, and none of them seem concerned (probably because they don't know much about it!) In general, it is hard to find any advice on this topic. As far as I can tell from research online, it seems to be safe to use them together, so until someone tells me to stop, I'm going to keep doing it.<br><br>
I usually try to stay away from RX drugs, too, but with PCOS I felt like I needed to compromise. I felt like taking Metformin and working on my weight would potentially eliminate the need to take other drugs, like Clomid, later on, so it seemed worth it to me. I haven't had any side effects so far, and feel very lucky.<br><br>
Good luck with your decision!
 

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I'm also taking vitex with my met. I've been taking vitex for, um, forever? It seems like I have! I just started taking met last Thursday. I skipped a day on Monday b/c I was sick that morning and didn't eat much during the day. I figure I'll give it a couple of months and see what happens! Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I would go for it. I waited a long time before going with Western medicine, but finally had to give in when I was 42 and still not pregnant. I ended up going with IVF.
 
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