Christi asked in HealthAlternative Medicine · 9 years ago

When would you start taking this herb (vitex)?

I'm 24 and I have polycystic ovary syndrome. I just decided to stop using my birth control pills. They were making me feel angry, depressed, and suicidal. I officially stopped it two days ago. Now yesterday, I started my period. I'd like to try to treat my pcos naturally, so I ordered some vitex (chaste tree berry). My question is, should I start the vitex right after this cycle ends, or should I wait another month to see if I have another cycle naturally? Also, how long should I stay on the vitex once I notice that my cycles are regulated? Is it something I'd have to stay on for life? Thank you for your answers!

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  • 9 years ago
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    How is PCOS treated?

    [ I read both these sites below, and both said nothing about having your ovaries removed. If I were you, I'd check all possibilities before having surgery. Once the surgery is done, if you had enjoyed sex, it will never be the same, and neither will your hormones.]

    Because there is no cure for PCOS, it needs to be managed to prevent problems. Treatment goals are based on your symptoms, whether or not you want to become pregnant, and lowering your chances of getting heart disease and diabetes. Many women will need a combination of treatments to meet these goals. Some treatments for PCOS include:

    Lifestyle modification. Many women with PCOS are overweight or obese, which can cause health problems. You can help manage your PCOS by eating healthy and exercising to keep your weight at a healthy level. Healthy eating tips include:

    Limiting processed foods and foods with added sugars

    Adding more whole-grain products, fruits, vegetables, and lean meats to your diet

    This helps to lower blood glucose (sugar) levels, improve the body's use of insulin, and normalize hormone levels in your body. Even a 10 percent loss in body weight can restore a normal period and make your cycle more regular.

    Diabetes medications. The medicine metformin (Glucophage) is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It has also been found to help with PCOS symptoms, though it isn’t approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this use. Metformin affects the way insulin controls blood glucose (sugar) and lowers testosterone production. It slows the growth of abnormal hair and, after a few months of use, may help ovulation to return. Recent research has shown metformin to have other positive effects, such as decreased body mass and improved cholesterol levels. Metformin will not cause a person to become diabetic.

    Surgery. "Ovarian drilling" is a surgery that may increase the chance of ovulation. It’s sometimes used when a woman does not respond to fertility medicines. The doctor makes a very small cut above or below the navel (belly button) and inserts a small tool that acts like a telescope into the abdomen (stomach). This is called laparoscopy (lap-uh-RAHS-kuh-pee). The doctor then punctures the ovary with a small needle carrying an electric current to destroy a small portion of the ovary. This procedure carries a risk of developing scar tissue on the ovary. This surgery can lower male hormone levels and help with ovulation. But, these effects may only last a few months. This treatment doesn't help with loss of scalp hair or increased hair growth on other parts of the body.



    More choices to read with understanding

    Polycystic ovary syndrome with herbs


    [This was interesting, sure worth the read]

    I was told the Black Cohosh worked right away for the pain.

    Herbs are generally not taken for long periods of time. As soon as you get your POS under control, you will know when you can back off the herbs.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    It depends on the woman taking it. Some people swear the tincture works better, some swear the pills do. It really just depends on each woman. Try to be patient and wait because eventually you will ovulate. I would advise you to not take any synthetic hormones (birth control pills, provera, clomid, etc) to induce ovulation until you are certain that you cannot do it alone. Many times over those drugs harm more than do good. You should wait to decide after at least a few months, not one. Take care and good luck!

  • 5 years ago

    Life style is often part of the issue. Life style changes now could delay or prevent you from getting diabetes later. Learn here

    What you eat is not actually the cause of diabetes, but how you live can be. If you sit on the couch all day, your chances of developing diabetes goes up greatly.

    Just do the best you can to not gain weight and to maintain an active life style and that will greatly help reduce some of your risks.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Now everyone can cure infertility using this natural remedy

    infertility can run in the family and one of the first things the doctor asks you when you go to a fertility clinic is your family history regarding cases of infertility or other reproductive issues.

    If infertility is caused by genetic disorder then it's not unusual that one of the kids (your mom) doesn't have it and another does (your aunt).

    two months of trying is still to early to be concerned about the fact that you might be infertile and it's also quite early to go to a fertility specialist. Go to a regular Obgyb to get a closer insight and see what ways there are are to improve your fertility rate.

    Also remove alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes from your life because they might influence your chances too. Stress is also a risk factor when it comes to infertility.

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  • 5 years ago

    The tips to get pregnant given below are some effective ways to get pregnant fast and are natural ways of getting pregnant. Read here

    Women can easily keep a tab on their ovulation by maintaining a temperature chart. Usually around the time of ovulation there is a spike in the temperature of women.

    Stress and strain has significant role to play in respect of reproductive cycle including ovulation and menstruation. So if you are planning to get pregnant see to it that your partner as well as you are calm and collected.

    Diet, weight, physical fitness and lifestyle have direct bearing on pregnancy. This holds true for both men and women. Both underweight and overweight may be exposed to the risk of infertility on account of difficulties in ovulation. So optimum importance should be given to body weight. One should opt for balanced diet, regular work out and exercises.

  • 4 years ago


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