Vitex agnus-castis is a special herb that is used by naturopaths and fertility doctors to help couples conceive a baby. Initially used by the Chinese as an ancient remedy, the herb is found in parts of Asia and Europe. Doctors often recommend the use of the herb because it is relatively benign and few people have reported negative reactions to its regular use. The last thing you want is for it to react with another fertility drug and actually heed your ability to become pregnant.
How it works
Some women will experience complications when trying to become pregnant. This can happen for a number of different reasons, such as age, health or previous health complications related to miscarriages. When this happens, it is important for the women to sit down with her health practitioner and formulate a course of action. Vitex is often one of the suggested courses of action and has been clinically shown to not only promote fertility but also to alleviate menstrual discomfort and promote good health in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Lesser-known benefits are the relieving of flatulence, irritability, menopause symptoms, hormonal imbalances, acne and depression.
The herb functions by regulating ovulation and correcting internal issue such as luteal phase defects. Furthermore, it has almost no reported side effects and is easy to include in your diet.
Where to find it
Because it is a natural herb, vitex is widely available in most herbal food stores or through your naturopath. Most bottles with the herb have a clear set of usage instructions that illustrate effective dosages of the drug to be used. There are two main schools of thought relating to usage. The first one suggests that the supplement be taken only up until ovulation. After ovulation has occurred, the user should desist till the process has finished. The other method suggests that the herb be taken all the time until pregnancy has occurred and then stopped once the couple is successful in conceiving. The idea here is that concentrations must be built up before the vitex can be successful. Most directions indicate that while there are no documented side effects to combining the herb, you should probably not take it with other medications.
Of course, the herb may be combined with fertility vitamins and minerals such as B6, B50, Vitamin C and any other daily vitamins that promote overall good health. Take the regimented vitamins regularly to give your system a chance to absorb and use the fertility herb.