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VITEX (CHASTEBERRY) FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY



Chaste tree berry acts on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands
by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) production and mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). The result is a shift in the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, in favor of progesterone. The ability of chaste tree berry to raise progesterone levels in the body is an indirect effect, so the herb itself is not a hormone.

Lack of menstruation (amenorrhea) that is caused by a lack of ovulation, and therefore a lack of progesterone production, should result in menses when progesterone is taken. Progesterone-induced menses indicates an intact reproductive system that just isn't going through its cycle.

It suggests that the body is producing enough FSH to stimulate the ovaries, and that the ovaries can develop follicles. It also indicates that follicular production of estrogen is sufficient to cause the lining of the uterus (endometrium) to grow and that the sloughed endometrium is able to pass through the cervical opening and the vagina. Therefore it's possible that the problem is a dysfunction in the hypothalamus or pituitary glands. The ability of chaste tree to modulate the hypothalamus or pituitary then makes this herb a good candidate for treating amenorrhea (infertility).

It inhibits prolactin release by the pituitary gland, especially when you are under stress.

The Evidence for Vitex Agnus Castus




Here are some vitex studies relating to the use of the chasteberry:
Vitex and Fertility. In this study, a chasteberry preparation was used in a study of 3,162 women to assess the effectiveness of vitex for corpus luteum insufficiency. 77.4% had menstrual cycle disturbances of various types and the others suffered from a range of gynecological problems which included symptoms of corpus luteum insufficiency. The average length of treatment was 5 months. Hormone cytology and symptoms were used to assess the treatment.

The women reported the treatment as completely effective (33%), significant improvement (55%), and no change (7%). Their doctors reported very good results in 68% of cases, adequate in 22%, and no change in 7%.

excerpted from:
By Nancy Dunne, ND, Naturopathic Physician Bitterroot Natural Medicine

High levels of the hormone prolactin are commonly found with corpus luteum insufficiency. Vitex is useful for reducing high prolactin levels. Here is another article on how vitex can help fertility

The Vitex Fertility Solution - How Does the Vitex Fertility Solution Work?

The Vitex Fertility Solution - How Does the Vitex Fertility Solution Work?
By Guest Post by Olivia Hall

A well known herb called Vitex or Chasteberry is said to have a lot of ingredients that can correct a lot of hormonal imbalances in women. One of the most important factors in attempting to conceive is a regular menstrual cycle. Can the Vitex fertility solution help with this?

It has been proven time and again that Chasteberry or Vitex can correct problems including insufficient progesterone. If a woman has insufficient progesterone, she may be susceptible to ovarian cysts, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. So how does Vitex work, exactly?

1. This herb increases lutenizing hormone (LH) production and reduces or inhibits the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). These hormones are produced in the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. This causes a change in the ratio between estrogen and progesterone, increasing the progesterone.

2. High levels of prolactin can be a barrier to fertility. Vitex works to reduce the high levels of this particular hormone.

3. If a woman is not having regular periods, or has no periods at all, the increase in progesterone should cause her to begin menstruating, naturally. If a woman lacks progesterone, the egg may not be released, and, of course, if the egg is not released, there is no chance of conception.

4. A daily dose of 60 drops of a tincture containing vitex or 175 mg of an extract is recommended as a vitex fertility booster.

There are some known drug interactions included with hormone replacement therapy, oral contraceptives, and dopamine agonists. Of course, if you are trying to increase fertility, you are likely not taking any oral contraceptives. In order to get the best results from this course of treatment, you will need to take vitex for a minimum of three to six months.



Most women report noticeable results around the fourth month or menstrual cycle of taking this supplement. Vitex can be taken for up to 18 months continuously.

It is important to obtain Vitex in a supplement that is as close to natural as possible. Many so called supplements on the market contain very little active ingredient or actual herb extract, so you will need to examine and read labels very carefully.

Working towards a better hormonal balance and eventually, inducing ovulation can be achieved, with this supplement. The key to becoming pregnant is ovulating and having a regular monthly period and menstrual cycle. You can achieve this regularity with the vitex fertility treatment option.

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