I've only just heard about it, apparently it can help balance hormones, but before I look into it any further I was just wondering if any of you ladies have any experience with it? It sounds like it could be good.
"Agnus castus (vitex agnus-castus) is a Mediterranean plant also known as Vitex, Chaste Tree, Chasteberry and Monk's Pepper. The agnus castus fruit contains a number of active constituents including the flavonoid casticin.
Many women, and men for that matter, are well aware that agnus castus has a long history of use and continues to be popular today. Our experts would like to advise customers that our Agnus Castus Tablets can be used alongside other supplements such as Vitamin B6 and Evening Primrose Oil. "
from the link. I have heard of both Vitex and Chasteberry in use with endo but never tried either. I stay away from the hormone ones since I don't want anything increasing my estrogen. have you talked to a naturopath or someone about what it's supposed to do exactly? Sounds interesting... are you going to try it?
I was taking this as my NP suggested it. It actually increases the level of progesterone vs. estrogen, so that you're progesterone dominant - so it's good for people with endo. I stopped taking it now though, as my NP said that since I'm taking bio-identical progesterone, taking the vitex is unnecessary as I'm increasing my progesterone in a another way already.
I've been taking this for just over a month now, so I think I could comment - even though they say you're not supposed to notice an effect for 3-6 months, I think I have!
My last period was my first ever 28 day regular cycle, unless that's some kind of fluke. It was still horrendously painful but I'm hoping it'll get better over the months.
The one thing I have noticed is that my moods are terrible. I'm usually a really calm and collected person but this has made me teary, sweary, I've yelled at my other half which I never do, depressed and then giggly all in the space of 5 minutes. I've never really suffered from PMT - I thought this was supposed to help it, not make it worse!
Anyway, just my 2p, I'll bare with it and hope things settle down
I did a tiny bit of reading on this and I've heard it's supposed to take 2 months to take full effect. I'm on bio-identical progesterone to help with pelvic pain and when I had a urine hormone panel, the lab suggested I should go on vitex instead of progesterone. I'm not at that point yet where I'm willing to try as I have such great success with my progesterone, but it's good to know that it's supposed to be good for balancing hormones!
Have you considered taking evening primrose oil or starflower oil with it, see if that helps with your mood? I know little about these so please research first, but I've seen that they often work well hand-in-hand.
Endometriosis: The Complete Reference for Taking Charge of Your Health by Mary Lou Ballweg & The Endometriosis Association is my go-to book for information & treatment options. ******************************** Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Wexler is my go-to book for understanding the menstrual cycle, hormones, and fertility indicators.
Post by doreenhedgehog on Oct 7, 2018 8:51:22 GMT -5
I was told that this was a miracle cure, tried it and after two weeks I was suicidal because I was so depressed. Did some research and that can happen and is one of the worst things for PMT. It’s not on the list of side effects that came with the tablets though....