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Hi my name is Tracy I am 27 married to Andy and mom to Sara, 7 Jacob, 5 and Katy 2 we are TTC #5 (we lost #4 at 7weeks last Nov) I have PCOS my son was conceived on clomid. But my girls were conceived naturally (and unexpectedly LOL) I am tired of taking clomid, I hate it, so I have decided to try vitex, the bottle just says twice a day, are their any special instructions if using it to get pregnant?
 

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Thanks be to Vitex!! I concieved by first two sweet babies no problem. But then I made the horrible mistake of taking the Depo-shot after that. Then when I tried to concieve baby # 3 it took me a year and two miscarragies. Then I did some research and started to take Vitex. I went to the local health food store and bought a bottle of Vitex capsules. I took two a day and after two weeks on it my period started to be regular. Then after 5 weeks on it, I concieved and 9 months later my third son was born. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Then when we went to concieve baby # 4 I did the Vitex again two times a day for about 6 weeks and now my sweet daughter is here. So, I believe two a day should work. Good Luck!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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It didn't work for me and I tried all different dosages. I even tried the tincture which was pretty foul tasting.<br><br>
It does seem to work well for a lot of people so I'd definitely give it a try!<br><br>
Good luck to you!
 

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Thank you so much! i will give it a try, I took clomid this past cycle so we are waiting to see if it worked, if not then I will start the vitex when my period starts.
 

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We're TTC and are about to start our 5th try. I did some reading online about Vitex, but I read conflicting things. One site said it helps nursing mothers (I'm nursing my 3 yr old) regulate their hormones for better odds of getting pregnant. Another site said it increases prolactin and is good for nursing mothers with a supply problem. But the first site said it REDUCES prolactin.<br><br>
Is the hormone regulation idea for women who hven't gotten a pp period yet? (I got it back at 19 months) or can it still be helpful for someone in my situation? I'm getting positive OPTs monthly but not a ton of EWCM...not sure if that's due to BF, which then would be maybe helped by the vitex or due to age (almost 32) Also, I plan to start taking EPO for the EWCM.<br><br>
thanks for any info!
 

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I am taking vitex tincture now, and also took it when I was nursing, from about 3 months to 6 months (my dd's age) to get my pds regular. It worked. I take it with motherwort, in a combination. 4 parts vitex to one part motherwort. I was told that it is better to take vitex with another herb, and in my case it was motherwort. I think if you want to use it to ease menopause (which none of us are interested in right now, I'm sure) you take it with mugwort (aka crone's wort, moxa) although I'm not sure how much.<br><br>
It is my understanding that it helps the pituitary regulate hormone production, it is not adding any hormones to your system<br><br>
You need to take enough of it. Most of the time when herbs don't work, it's because you weren't taking enough (although it's true that not everything works for everybody - valerian makes me hyper!) I take 5 ml ( a teaspoon full) morning and night. or a little more.<br><br>
Expect to wait at least 6 weeks, more like a couple or three months, to really notice a difference. It is a nutritive herb which works to strengthen your body, rather than a chemical with a specific action.<br><br>
Ashwaganda and Angelica are other herbs to research, also herbs which strengthen the liver such as dandilion, yellow dock, and burdock.<br><br>
Happy baby-making!
 

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Thanks for that info Hera.<br><br>
Does anyone know if prolactin can inhibit conception? I know I'm ovualting but I'm starting to wonder if my dd nurses too often for the hormones in my body to be ready to get or stay pregnant? (I know you can nurse thru pregnancy, but I've had several people tell me they got pregnant a month or 2 after their child weaned.)<br><br>
I thought tath may be where Vitex is helpful. If it causes a reduction in prolactin might tath make conception easier? But tehn wouldn't it lower milk supply, too?
 
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