Getting pregnant by using Vitex

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Getting pregnant by using Vitex
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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 9:00am
Just wondering if anyone else has heard of this? I was on the internet last night and came across a different board and a lady said she got pregnant by using Vitex a/k/a Chasteberry. I done some research last night about it and it seems to help with getting regular periods. It takes about 3 months though.

I have been trying for almost a year and no luck as of yet. It took a year to get pregnant with my son and he is now 7.5 years old. I have talked to my doctor about this and he said if I'm not pregnant within 18 months of trying then he would step in. But we are ready now.


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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 12:52pm
I wondered the same thing myself, I have been ttc for 15 months went to the Dr during month 13 and he said "everything is fine, go home and have fun" - ok what the heck is that?? I am thinking of going to a different Dr. next month. I am 36 and need to get the show on the road!
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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 9:10pm
Hi, Vitex does not necessarily help you get pregnant but it is taken by alot of women to regulate cycles and stimulate the production of progesterone. I have been taking it for about 3 months to help get my cycle back after depo. I did have AF in Jan, still waiting for now I'm seeing my ob/gyn on Apr. 22 for a jump start. My last shot was 10/28/02. Some women swear by it but like most herbs, DR's will probably turn their nose up at it. If you have been TTC for a year your DR should step in. I would ask that a full fertility workup be done. Are you charting and ovulating? I would request blood tests to make sure your levels are normal.

So taking Vitex probably wouldn't hurt try it for a few cycles and see what you think.

Good luck

Kim

ttc#1 after depo



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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 5:45am
I have to jump in here and say that you need to see a different Dr. I am 35...my dr. told me to try for 6 months and come in if I'm not pg by then.

The standard advice is this...in your 20's and early 30's...TTC for 1 year before getting help....in your mid 30's and up- 6 months!

It is outrageous for both of you to be told that 'everything is fine'.....I think you need to get another dr. and FAST. 15 months or 18 months of TTC is just too emotionally draining.

I am hoping you both get BFP's very soon.

Positive thoughts...

Nancy TTC #2

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 8:47am
I'm not doing anything as far as charting or anything else for that matter. My doctor said give it time, that trying to get pregnant takes patience. It took me a year to get pregnant with my son and he is now 7.5 years old. So I'm TRYING to be patient but my patience is almost gone! We have been trying for almost a year already.

I had never heard of Vitex until a few nights ago. I really don't know how I came across it. I wasn't looking for information on getting pregnant, it just popped up while I was doing a search for something else but now it does have my attention. How do you take Vitex? How many times a day, etc.? I MAY start taking it if I'm not pregnant this time. I was suppose to start last weekend and didn't. Which is not unusal for me. Me being late is normal. I had most of the symptons of starting but didn't. And now my breast are killing me. Feels like they are on fire at times. Feeling kinda heavy too! SO MAYBE JUST MAYBE....(keeping fingers crossed) it finally happened.

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 10:09pm
Here is some information I have come across on Vitex on the internet:

CHASTEBERRY (Vitex agnus-castus) enhances hormone balance and ovulation The herb, Vitex (chasteberry), enhances hormone balance and ovulation frequency. You should take it in either in droplet form (30 – 42 drops a day) or in capsule form (500 mg. a day).

You should be able to get it in most Health Food stores or drugstores.

This is my third cycle taking it. Be careful, though, because I was taking too much 800 - 1200 mg. in capsule form (not sure why I was taking this much), for the first cycle and I ovulated on day 8!! I have never ovulated that early in my life!! Anyway, I am now taking 400 mg. a day in capsule form and am ovulated on day 15, 16 or 17.

Also, I really agree with the previous poster who said you should get a full fertility work-up. I have also read (many times) that anyone 35 or older should start getting help if they have not conceived within 6 months. If your doctor does not want to give you a full work-up, I would change doctors.

Good luck!!

Rebecca

TTC#2

cd 4 cycle 5 (after loss)