New here...?'s about dhea and vitex....

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New here...?'s about dhea and vitex....
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Thu, 03-26-2009 - 9:51pm

Hello everyone! I am new here and have been lurking for awhile. We have only just started to TTC but my hopes are very low. My FSH was just tested on CD3 and was 14.9. My ob would like me to TTC for three months before she recommends any assistance. However, I would like to be more proactive and have started to take DHEA (only 25mg a day) and also Vitex. I bought the liquid Vitex extract but I'm not quite sure how much to take of it and it tastes awful. :)

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Thu, 03-26-2009 - 11:32pm
Welcome Ellen!

 

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Registered: 05-28-2008
Fri, 03-27-2009 - 10:23am

I am not sure on a tincture, I take vitex (did since last year but recently ran out; need to get a new bottle) but just took the recommended amt on the bottle.

Welcome - and good luck!








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Fri, 03-27-2009 - 11:09am

Welcome Ellen:


I'm not sure about the vitex but I'm sure someone will chime in.


Glad you've come out of lurk mode.

Susan L.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 03-27-2009 - 10:21pm

Thank you all for your help and advice.

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Registered: 01-04-2009
Sat, 03-28-2009 - 5:46pm

Hi, Ellen. I am in a similar situation. I am 39 and TTC #1 with my newlywed husband for almost 4 months and they just tested my FSH level on day 3 and it was 13.5. I was surprised b/c I did well on the Clomid Challenge Test last month. I have an appt. with my RE this week (he wants to be more aggressive, so far I am just doing Clomid) and I will let you know what he recommends. I am going to ask him about DHEA (there is a link for it on the message board which has a lot of information). What is Vitex and what is it supposed to do?

I am trying not to let this get me down but it's hard. There are a lot of women over 40 who have conceived on this message board though, and some used DHEA which is inspiring.

Baby dust to you.

Roxy

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Mon, 03-30-2009 - 12:10am

Hi Ellen

I am taking Vitex, but it's the capsules, 400 mg a day, for about 6 weeks. This past cycle was different, in a good way I hope. For about a year, my cycles have been getting shorter, and AF was scant and brown. My last cycle was 27 days, with a larger amount of red blood (sorry if that's TMI). I have been taking the Vitex, organic prenatals and Omega-3 oils. I haven't tried DHEA yet, but I'm thinking of starting soon.

Good luck!
Janice

Janice, 44, TTC #1
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Tue, 03-31-2009 - 11:21am

Hi Ellen and welcome to the board. I am just returning, as I have just experienced my 2nd m/c in one year. My name is Lynda and I just turned 44. I have three wonderful children and would like to add one more little one before I go into the next phase of my life. I have been lucky enough to get pregnant 2x in the span of one year, however, both have ended in m/c's. I am starting again!!

I was very sick when I took vitex, so i stopped taking it. it made me feel woozy, even at low dosage. i do however take dhea and got my second pos pregnancy test after 1 1/2 months on the dhea. I took 25mg in the morning and 25mg in the evening. it didn't have any side effects for me. I am hoping to be lucky enough to get pregnant again and carry to term. I have recently started acupuncture to assist in "egg quality" and to help hopefully to carry to term.

i do know that fsh can vary every cycle. so it's not the best indicator or whether or not you can get pregnant successfully. i have also read about how dhea can lower your fsh. i have not had mine tested. my dr. doesn't feel tests are necessary since i have been able to get pregnant on my own.

I wish you luck on your journey. you have definitely come to the right place for support. everyone here is awesome!!!!

Lynda



 

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Tue, 03-31-2009 - 7:12pm

Hello and welcome!

I'm 41 and taking Vitex and a low dose of DHEA.

I take 1 capsule (400 mg) of Vitex per day as directed on the bottle. I imagine you'd follow bottle instructions for the extract too. Generally, I've found Vitex to be helpful for keeping my cycles very regular and was taking it when I conceived my 6-year-old daughter.

I'm only taking 20 mg of DHEA. It seems like if I go much higher than that, I have trouble sleeping, so I'm keeping it low for now. I definitely have more acne. It isn't horrible, but I feel silly walking around with pink dots on my face when I'm 41! I've had a bit of a problem with acne since I was a pre-teen, so I'm probably more prone to that side effect.

Wishing you the best of luck. I don't blame you for wanting to be a bit more aggressive than your doctor. I'm in the same boat for now.

Deb



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Registered: 07-10-2008
Wed, 04-01-2009 - 10:15pm

Hi and welcome!

Jessica

Me - 44, DH-47     

 

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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 10:53pm

Welcome Ellen!

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