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Home Supplements Vitex

With infertility rates on the rise, more and more couples are struggling to conceive a child. Many couples, hesitant to resort to expensive and invasive fertility treatments such as in Clomid, intrauterine insemination and other artificial reproductive technologies, are turning to homeopathic treatments for infertility instead. One popular alternative medicine used for the treatment of infertility is vitex.

What is vitex?
Vitex, more specifically known as vitex agnus-castus, but more commonly known as chasteberry, is an herb derived from a purple flowering plant, traditionally used for the treatment of hormonal imbalances in women. Vitex has also been used historically in the treatment of wounds, issues with the spleen and during childbirth. As the alternative name may imply, vitex, or chasteberry, has also been used to suppress libido and promote chastity in those who take it.

How does vitex affect fertility?
Vitex, although it does not act as a hormone itself, stimulates the body to produce more lutenizing hormone, which stimulates the release of mature eggs from the follicles on the ovaries. Vitex also inhibits the release of the follicle stimulating hormone, which promotes the development of follicles on the ovaries in which the eggs mature prior to ovulation. The hormonal actions of vitex help to regulate hormonal balances in women, which may especially benefit women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or women who have issues with specific hormones related to the reproductive cycle. This hormonal balancing affect of vitex on the female body is thought to increase the likelihood of the woman becoming pregnant.

What other benefits does vitex offer?
Vitex is also thought to help improve breast milk in lactating women and has been shown in studies to reduce the symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome.

What forms is vitex available in?
Vitex is widely available in the form of a tincture and gel capsules. One form is not superior to the other and the decision between to two forms comes down to a matter of personal preference.