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Can 'vitex'(chaste tree 410mg) help boost my chances on conceiving faster. 2capsules two times a day.

Can 'vitex'(chaste tree 410mg) help boost my chances on conceiving faster. 2capsules two times a day.

No proof effective: Dietary supplements are marketed by manufacturers w/o any requirement by fda or other 3rd party to prove safety and/or effectiveness prior to marketing. In other words, companies are allowed to say whatever they want to convince you to buy their products. Check out 2 recent news articles: http://goo.Gl/bbmdcw (usa today) & http://goo.Gl/uilodl (fda via nbc) re lack of oversight & contamination. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take chaste tree berry supplement with the medication geodon (ziprasidone)???

Is it safe to take chaste tree berry supplement with the medication geodon (ziprasidone)???

Chaste berry: Chaste berry refers to fruit of chaste tree. http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=2358-0,2330-1540 shows no interaction btwn chaste tree & Geodon (ziprasidone) (seroquel) which is used for bipolar disorder & schizophrenia among other indications. However, http://goo.gl/kVyKmt suggests possible effect of chaste berry on dopamine & thus interaction w/antipsychotics. Best to discuss w/prescriber ...Read more

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Hi,I am trying for baby more than a year.i found fertile aid medicine.it hv got red clover,Siberian ginseng root extract,chaste tree berry,ginkgo?

Hi,I am trying for baby more than a year.i found fertile aid medicine.it hv got red clover,Siberian ginseng root extract,chaste tree berry,ginkgo?

May need: to see a fertility specialist. To make sure everything is functioning well. Also will provide educational information for you and your partner ...Read more

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And can u have a skipped period if u stop taking the chaste tree berry supplement after taking taking it for a while . Then start taking it again?

And can u have a skipped period if u stop taking the chaste tree berry supplement after taking  taking it for a while . Then start taking it again?

Unpredictable: There are so many reasons for skipping a period (pregnancy is the most common), maybe your chasteberry sup could be involved. But chasteberry has no proven or predictable effect on menstrual periods, so I'd consider 10 other reasons first. If you are sexually active, a pregnancy test is step 1, and good wishes. ...Read more

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Can I take Chaste Tree Berry for PMS symptoms such as anger and frustration? I'm on Lexapro and going to switch to Paxil (paroxetine)

Can I take Chaste Tree Berry for PMS symptoms such as anger and frustration? I'm on Lexapro and going to switch to Paxil (paroxetine)

May cause issues: It seems to affect a chemical in the brain called dopamine. Some medications for mental disorders help to decrease dopamine. Taking vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree berry)along with medications for mental conditions might decrease the effectiveness of some medications for mental condition. ...Read more

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How effective are the chaste tree supplements to aid irregular periods?

How effective are the chaste tree supplements to aid irregular periods?

No evidence it helps: There is some scientific evidence that vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree berry) may help with pms symptoms and cyclic mastalgia (breast pain) but no studies showing that it helps women with irregular cycles. If you're ttc the safety of vitex when you're pregnant is unknown, so you should stop it when prego. See a reproductive endocrinologist to find out why you're irregular, whether ttc or not. ...Read more

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Can you use Chaste Tree Berry supplement while taking birth control pills?

Can you use Chaste Tree Berry supplement while taking birth control pills?

NO: Chaste Tree Berry should not be taken together with birth control pills. Both effect hormonal levels, and should not be taken together. ...Read more

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Is there a natural supplement for lowering female libido ? ( besides chaste tree berry? , I'm on birth control pills )

Is there a natural supplement for lowering female libido ? ( besides chaste tree berry? , I'm on birth control pills )

Anaphrodisiacs: Licorice root has been said to have properties to lower female libido and is safer than chaste tree berry. Another is Nymphea Odorata. None of these have been proven to be effective. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take Vitex/chaste tree berry while pregnant?

Is it okay to take Vitex/chaste tree berry  while pregnant?

Prob not: Here is the best information than I could find on the internet: Some herbalists recommend using it during early pregnancy to keep progesterone levels high, though there is no research on this (just lots of historical use) and with any herb, I would recommend talking to a doctor or health care provider before taking any herb, especially during pregnancy In short, no research done, take at own risk ...Read more

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Is it okay to take vitex / chaste tree berry during the 1st trimester of pregnancy??

Is it okay to take vitex / chaste tree berry during the 1st trimester of pregnancy??

Unknown: There is not enough scientific evidence to recommend someone take Chaste Tree Berry during pregnancy. Typically it is best to avoid unproven herbal remedies in pregnancy ...Read more