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June 17th, 2013 12:22 PM #1
VITEX???? ( natural version of clomid)
I mainly stick to the name forums but occasionally post here in the MOMS group... anyways..
I have a question about Vitex...
I took clomid to get pregnant with my son... we were lucky and it only took 1 round.... this time around we have not been so lucky
Over the last year I have taken 5 rounds of clomid ( not all in a row) I ovulated the first and second time @50mg and then I did NOT ovulate the 3rd or 4th @50mg so I was bumped up to 100mg and ovulated.
We moved 3 months ago and haven't found a new doctor yet. I know that any new doctor will request ALL the lab work again in order to give me the clomid prescription..and it is going to take a while since we live in a small town and have to go into the city to get it all done and we can only go on weekends!!!
SOOOOOOO..... I have started to take vitex which is considered by many to be the natural alternative to clomid... My question is ( sorry for the post being long!) have any of you used Vitex? If so was it successfull in regulating your period and or ovulation? Did you get pregnant?
I will go to my doctor and get all the testing etc. re-done but my son is 2.5 and we have NEVER used any type of BC since he was born... we have had 5 rounds of clomid and all I want is to be pregnant again! I feel like I need to do something in the meantime until i can get clomid again! I hope someone has had success with it!
Thanks!boys names drive me crazy!
June 17th, 2013 01:04 PM #3
I have no experience with Vitex, but is there. Way your previous doctor's notes could be forwarded to your new doctor (when you get one) so you don't need to have all the testing again?The 3 Princesses in my life...
June 17th, 2013 01:48 PM #5Senior Member
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Hi Backtomyroots. Sorry you're having to wait to get things going with a new doc. Frustrating.
I have taken vitex for quite some time, and I did get pregnant while on it, though that wasn't the intention. I have a (benign) tumor-induced hormonal imbalance - I produce a lot of prolactin, making it tricky for my body to ovulate. I was completely ammenhoreic for a while back then, and the vitex did (apparently) help to regulate my periods. At that time, I was also using natural progesterone cream, stopping during the week of menstruation. I was also seeing an acupuncturist every few weeks, doing martial arts, and eating very well. Not sure which of these things was the magic bullet.
I recently restarted the vitex after some months away from it, and menstruated for the first time in several months. Coincidence? Perhaps.
The herbalist I have gone to says that vitex is a prolactin-supressor, and a pretty safe/mild one. But if you're hoping to go in and get your hormone levels tested in order to obtain a prescription for Clomid, vitex *might* bring about enough hormonal change to skew the numbers. That would be my only concern. I feel ok about experimenting with alternative medicine myself, but I only know my own experience of it, so I can't just randomly recommend this herb to you. If you are not under time-pressure with TTC, and you're inclined to look into holistic alternatives, it's probably a good idea to seek out a trained professional in your area who can make recommendations based on your particular constitution. Perhaps Sleepysessha, who's studying herbal medicine, would have some useful insight in the meantime. Good luck!
June 17th, 2013 04:34 PM #7
@Jazz1509... I wish I could just get the papers forwarded but the last time I had testing done was before my son was born and I was not in the country at the time. The only reason my last doctor (here in Canada) allowed me to NOT get them re-done was because he spoke spanish and could read the last test results.
@emmabobamma.... on my own (without medication of some sort) only menstrate once or twice a year.... I had a large ovarian cyst removed when I was 21 but it did not fix anything... I have had ultrasounds, bloodtests etc. and there doesnt seems to be anything "wrong" . The only thing I was told was I had "anovualtion" and "Ammehoria" with no given reason!! So I am not worried that a blood test would come back normal if it wasnt etc. I think I will take it and just see what happens... I will tell my doctor ( when I get one) that I am taking vitex. If it doesnt work then I will go to the doctor in august or september... I (NOW) eat very very healthy... no processed food at all.. not even bread! And mostly organic with tons of fruit and veg...and exercise regularly.. I recently lost 15lbs and am working on loosing a bit more as I am still about 10-15lbs overweight... ( although I am the same weight as I was when I got pregnant with my son) anyways Im glad it seems to have worked for you!!! It gives me a bit of hope!!!
Anyone else have some experience with it???boys names drive me crazy!
June 17th, 2013 05:54 PM #9
Kind of....I took vitex to see if it would regulate/shorten up my cycle (which were between 35-50 days). I didn't really find out if it worked because I got pregnant that first cycle taking it (first month TTC so really no way to know if it did anything whatsoever or if I would have conceived easily regardless).
A friend recommended it to me to regulate my cycle, it had helped her start having regular periods instead of a couple a year.
Hope you get the info you need and that it helps you!