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Is it ok to take vitex unprescribed? What does it do for pcos

Is it ok to take vitex unprescribed? What does it do for pcos

Yes: This is an herbal product that has poorly-understood effects on the sex hormones, at least in part at the level of the pituitary. J fam pract oct 2009 open-label study found it effective for premenstrual syndrome; it's also used for cyclic breast tenderness. No poisonings or bad side-effects reported as of yet. Buy from someone reliable. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take vitex and progesterone cream in the same cycle? Do i stop the vitex once i ovulate and just use the prog. Cream alone? Pcos, prog def

Is it ok to take vitex and progesterone cream in the same cycle? Do i stop the vitex once i ovulate and just use the prog. Cream alone? Pcos, prog def

Don't use it.: There is no reason at all to 'take' vitex. Stop using it. Most 'natural Progesterone creams' do not contain any progesterone, and often contain plant extracts that are estrogenic . In my view there is no use for these creams. Talk with a doctor about pcos alternatives to what you need. ...Read more

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Can vitex (agnus cactus) improve pcos problems? How should I take?

Can vitex (agnus cactus) improve pcos problems? How should I take?

Not Likely: Vitex has been used for problems with menstrual function, but no good studies exist for its use in pcos and its many issues. This is a very difficult problem with some serious possible consequences such as infertility and even the risk of developing diabetes. Best to sit down and explore the best approach for you, which is unlikely to be just vitex, or any herbal medicine. ...Read more

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I have pcos & would like to conceive. I'm trying vitex to help w/ ovulation & have read conflicting info on how/when to take it. What's the best way?

I have pcos & would like to conceive.  I'm trying vitex to help w/ ovulation & have read conflicting info on how/when to take it.  What's the best way?

See a doctor: If you are diagnosed with pcos and want to get pregnant, i suggest you to see a doctor. The treatment should under doctor's supervision. Because you have higher risk of miscarriage, gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Beside using ovulation induction medication, your doctor may also prescribe metformin or other medication to reduce your risks. ...Read more

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I have pcos I was taking vitex with the mini pill and now I'm a day late and throwing up am I fine or should I take a test?

I have pcos I was taking vitex with the mini pill and now I'm a day late and throwing up am I fine or should I take a test?

Yes: The minipill is not very effective at preventing pregnancy, and it's not good at regulating PCOS hormonal problems. Use a pregnancy test and see a gynecologist that is comfortable managing PCOS. ...Read more

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I hav pcos. What supplement can I take with femara (letrozole) to improve egg quality n fertility? Can vitex(chaste berry) be taken with femara (letrozole)?

I hav pcos. What supplement can I take with femara (letrozole) to improve egg quality n fertility? Can vitex(chaste berry) be taken with femara (letrozole)?

Not take: There's nothing useful for you to 'take' (at least without prescription) at home: healthy diet and moderate exercise is a good start. There's probably no harm in using vitex but there's also no benefit, I'd stay away from it. ...Read more

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What's the dosage for vitex for pcos?

What's the dosage for vitex for pcos?

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 pcos or infertility. If you have pcos and are trying to conceive the safety of vitex when you're pregnant is unknown, so you should stop it when you get a positive pregnancy test if you conceive while taking it. ...Read more

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Good morning. I need some advice re managing my PCOS. I have been taking 800 mg of Vitex for the past 2 months. Last period April 2016.

Good morning. I need some advice re managing my PCOS. I have been taking 800 mg of Vitex for the past 2 months. Last period April 2016.

PCOS: Herbal supplements like Vitex are not likely to help PCOS. The treatment depends on your goals and specific circumstances. Obese PCOS patient can focus on weight loss. PCOS patients who want cycle regulation can consider oral contraceptives. PCOS patient who desire pregnancy can see a doctor to discuss ovulation medications. ...Read more

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Can vitex (chasteberry) improve pcos symptoms and regulate menses?

Can vitex (chasteberry) improve pcos symptoms and regulate menses?

Not much: Vitex has been used in greece for many years, but there is no scientific data to establish it's reliability. Diet, exercise and weight loss can help. Metformin is a more scientific and well studied option. It can help noralize menses and even induce fertility in many women, discuss w/your ob/gyn. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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What do you think of the use of vitex as a herbal supplement to aid woman with menstrating issues due to pcos?

What do you think of the use of vitex as a herbal supplement to aid woman with menstrating issues due to pcos?

Not much: Vitex has been used in greece for many years, but there is no scientific data to establish it's reliability. Metformin is a more scientific and well studied option. Discuss w/your ob/gyn. ...Read more