How To Use Vitex Agnus-Castus (Chasteberry) To Treat Women’s Adult Acne

Vitex Agnus-Castus (also called Chasteberry or Chaste Tree) is a supplement that I first took in my early twenties with great success to clear my premenstrual acne. If you have typically low progesterone in your luteal phase (between ovulation and bleeding) and/or premenstrual symptoms, then it’s likely that Chasteberry will help to clear your acne.

Vitex Agnus-Castus

What is Vitex Agnus Castus?

Vitex is a flowering plant that is native to the Mediterranean region. The berries are the part that is used as a medicinal herb, mainly as a tonic for both the male and female reproductive system.

Nobody really knows how Vitex works, but we do know that it helps to raise the levels of natural progesterone in a woman that’s deficient. In fact it is the best and most efficient method for raising progesterone in pre-menopausal women.

How to take Vitex

The most important thing to know when taking Vitex is that it does take a while to kick in – you will likely need to wait 3-4 months as a minimum before you start to notice the effects.

PremularThere are many different brands around the world, in both tincture and tablet form, so find one that is local to you and one that is highly recommended with good reviews online. I take a brand from New Zealand called Premular which was recommended to me by a naturopath in Australia some years ago. With that particular brand I need to just take one tablet every morning at around the same time.

Vitex works better with essential fatty acids (EFAs)

I have had the most success with Vitex when I’ve coupled it with good quality EFAs, and plenty of them. Typically the combo is evening primrose oil and fish oil, but if you’re vegan or vegetarian you can change the fish oil to an alternative like hemp seed oil.

It’s not that Vitex technically “works better” with EFAs, it’s more that if we are suffering from premenstrual symptoms (PMS), EFAs often help too. So combined together you’re being a lot more active with tackling the problem.

Evening primrose oil in particular aids in the production of fertile quality cervical fluid, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to alleviate premenstrual symptoms. If you suffer from PMS, then it’s likely that you’re deficient in the EFA properties contained in evening primrose oil.

If taking evening primrose oil, only take it in the follicular phase of your cycle – between bleeding and ovulation. If you are not sure when you ovulate then stop taking it on day 14 of your cycle. And do not take this supplement if you are pregnant.

Vitex Agnus-Castus side effects

While I have never experienced any side effects from taking Vitex, I have had a few women in recent consultations complain about side effects in the early stages of taking the supplement. Listed side effects of Vitex are minor and rare, but in my personal opinion I’m finding that some women are experiencing what appears to be a “reshuffling” of their hormones in the early stages of taking it. This can be moodiness, nausea, loss of libido and headaches. It is likely that these side effects will pass, but if you’re unsure or they’re really bad you can get a kineseology test to check in if you have an allergy or intolerance to the plant.

If you are experiencing strong side effects from Vitex and you want to stop taking it, then you can get pretty much the same effects from taking a combination of magnesium, zinc and B6.

Do not take Vitex Agnus-Castus is pregnant or on the contraceptive pill. Also please check in with your doctor or natural therapist if you’re on any psychoactive drugs.

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  • Gypsy Garner November 25, 2018, 4:14 am

    Hi, I’ve been on Vitex for a month and it has helped my pms symptoms and migraines quite a bit but has caused me acne that I never had. In your opinion does this usually work it’s way out and this side effect goes away? It’s pretty bad break outs that usually start before my period starts and starts to clear once over. I do know I’m estrogen dominant so I need the help of progesterone. Any advice?

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  • Daun August 30, 2018, 3:14 am

    Hi! I had taken birth control pill for 2years, then I stopped it a month ago and I’m waiting for my period now..
    Right after I stopped the pill, I started to take chaste berry(150mg/day), B6, and Flax Oil. First few weeks, my skin was very good. then now-right before period- my skin is very oily and having acne problem.
    My question is .. Is it ok to take chaste berry, B6, and Flax oil together?
    and what’s the proper dose for chaste berry?

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Fran August 30, 2018, 3:16 am

      Hi Daun, I don’t recommend taking chaste berry for at least 6 months post pill, and then only if you actually need it. The b6 and flax are fine but unlikely to clear post pill acne. Book in a consult and I can get you clear and make the transition easy ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Laura July 22, 2018, 8:21 pm

    Hello! i took spinorolactone for 1 year and aczone for topical treatment which really helped, it was actually the only treatment that worked, iโ€™ve had acne aince i was 18 and i am 34, stopped all that exactly one year ago and big pimples are comming out again. Would you recommend to take Vintex?

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    • Fran July 27, 2018, 11:23 pm

      Hi Laura, If spiro worked then vitex won’t. I can give you the herbal equivalents to spiro (along with diet changes) in a consult ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Laura Byrne June 26, 2018, 2:01 pm

    Hello, I got on a lower dose of Vitex daily(225) and itโ€™s working well but I think it caused dry eye, so Iโ€™m wondering if itโ€™s possible to tweak and take every other day? Will that mess things up or will it just reduce dosage? Thanks for your help! Laura

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    • Fran July 2, 2018, 4:45 pm

      Hi Laura, you are on quite a low dose already, which is okay because over a long period of time herbs are effecient at very low doses. Instead of taking every other day try just halfing your dosage again and continuing to take it every day.

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  • Maria June 9, 2018, 10:26 am

    Hello I just started taking vitex along with EPO 10 days ago because I had a mc 2 years ago and since then I have been experiencing spotting in my LP and even though I eat vert healthy and live a clean non toxic life, it appears that it won’t go away and probably it’s why I can’t get pregnant againโ€ฆ I took progesterone pills for a while and they did help but I decided to stop because they messed up my cycles and its probably not good to take it for long… I am a little worried because I read in the internet a doctor claiming that she had patients that took vitex and started to develop cysts in the ovariesโ€ฆ Have you heard about this? Is it a real concern?

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    • Fran July 2, 2018, 4:39 pm

      Hi Maria, you need to be careful uwith EPO if you are wanting to get pregnant because it can cause uteriune cramping, and it may also be why you’re experiencing the spotting. No, I have never heard of women getting cysts on their ovaries from vitex and there are no constituents in vitex that would cause that.

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  • Laura March 25, 2018, 7:27 am

    I had Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and didn’t have a period for 3 months. I never had an acne issue but developed severe lower back acne from the HA! I started taking Vitex and my period finally came back and it cleared my backacne – the only issue is it started causing tiny non-inflamatory acne on my face? Has anyone had this same issue with Vitex and whats a good time to stop taking it. Ive been taking it for two months?

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  • Asin March 5, 2018, 7:54 am

    Hi Fran

    I just stopped my BCP two weeks ago may I know whether I can start Vitex cause I always had irregualr periods and thats why my doctor recommended BCP, do you think vitex can help me to get preganant?

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    • Fran March 5, 2018, 3:19 pm

      Hi Asin, it depends on how your hormonal system is now, you may not longer need progesterone help. If you are low in progesterone then yes, vitex may help you to become pregnant.

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  • Laura Byrne January 29, 2018, 4:50 pm

    Hello,
    I started Vitex 5 days ago to boost progesterone of 11.9(not sure if itโ€™s on the lower end?)Iโ€™m 40, TTC and had endometriosis stage 3 removed in July last year. I have PMDD as well so after researching Vitex I thought Iโ€™d try it. Iโ€™m taking Natureโ€™s Way 400 mg in the morning as Iโ€™m super sensitive to most meds and herbals. I have gained almost 5 pounds already and this is very atypical for me. I went from 123 to 128. I am pretty bloated as well and only on CD 9. Any input whether I should stick it out or lower dosage to every other day while I am ramping up? Thanks so much for any input! Laura

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    • Fran February 7, 2018, 4:41 pm

      Hi Laura, it is normal to gain some weight with vitex. For prevention of endometriosis I do however recommend a more extensive herbal and lifestyle regime, it can take a long time to work with but will help future prevention.

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  • Alice October 25, 2017, 6:47 pm

    I really hope you answer me!!!

    I have been suffering from bad hormonal acne for more than 6 years and during this period I was taking the bc pill. I stopped taking it last week, because now I am concearned of how dangerous it can be to our body. Do you think I can start taking vitex within one or two weeks, or should I wait more time? Should I boost the results taking DIM as well? Please, help a low self steem person.

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    • Fran October 26, 2017, 3:16 pm

      Hi Alice, I don’t recommend taking vitex for the first 6 months after coming off the BCP, as it is better to allow your natural hormonal system to sort itself out. I do reocmmend taking DIM and doing a gentle body detox. If you’d like further assistance please book in a consultation, I have a specific consutation type to help to get off the BCP with good skin, although it’s likely the BCP you were on was androgenic so contributed to the problem.

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  • Dan October 19, 2017, 10:50 pm

    I’ve been taking vitex for a week now and there have been some pimples. it’s normal?

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    • Fran October 26, 2017, 3:12 pm

      Hi Dan, this can happen but as vitex is a very slow working herb it’s unlikely the cause this early. Check in with what else changed in your life or routine within a month period before the breakout.

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  • Sammy August 16, 2017, 7:37 am

    I started taking it two months ago for acne. It has completely cleared my acne but lengthened my cycle from 24 to 31 days. My first period on this herb was much lighter than usual and I already have very pathetic periods that last just 3 days. This is my second month and it’s day 32 and I’m worrying that my period hasn’t arrived. Should I just stop taking it with immediate effect ? It’s been a miracle for muslin though and the only this that has worked in clearing this jawline/beard area acne that no other commercial drug has been able to clear. Please help !

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    • Fran October 4, 2017, 12:59 am

      Hi Sammy, 31 days is much closer to the average 29.5 day cycle. Sounds like it’s making a healthier cycle link for you. It’s normal to vary by a few days each month, I wouldn’t worry about it.

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  • Bridget August 13, 2017, 2:10 pm

    You said magnesium, zinc and B6 will be just as effective as vitex in helping to clear up skin… how much is recommended to take?

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    • Fran October 4, 2017, 1:01 am

      Hi Bridge, not just as effective.

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  • Jhoey August 3, 2017, 5:13 am

    Hi,
    I also have PCOS. Why is Vitex not recommended for women with PCOS? Thank you.

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    • Fran August 8, 2017, 3:20 pm

      Hi Jhoey, Vitex can elevated the LH, when in women with PCOS the LH is usually already too high, so it is not recommended. Instead when I have a client with PCOS I recommend natural progesterone creams. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS it may be worthwhile getting a LH test done to see if you do in fact have elevated LH, as PCOS is simply a cluster of symptoms, and that one you may not have.

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  • Allie July 11, 2017, 4:07 pm

    Hi I’m kind worried I have been taking vitex for about two weeks now and for the paSt 6days I have been spotting and no af as yet..I have pcos ..do you think I should stop taking vitex

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    • Fran July 15, 2017, 7:42 pm

      Hi Allie, vitex is not recommended for women with PCOS.

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  • Amy June 21, 2017, 7:08 pm

    Hello. I took Chasteberry Extract for several months to regulate my periods (I wasn’t having any problems with ovulation). I took it at ovulation (or 14 days after my period started) and then planned to stop it after two weeks per my doctor’s recommendation. However, most of the time I would get my period within a day or two of starting it which seemed opposite of what I thought it would do. And, it did regulate my periods but, unfortunately, now they come every 16 days like clockwork! How can I get to a regular 28-day cycle?

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    • Fran June 27, 2017, 1:32 am

      Hi Amy, I don’t understand the logic of only taking chaste berry for half of your cycle – I recommend taking it daily and this should lengthen your cycle back.

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      • Amy August 20, 2017, 9:22 pm

        Thank you, Fran. About a month ago, I continued taking my Chasteberry continuously to try and lengthen my cycles and was feeling fine. A few days ago I had a sudden, sharp abdominal pain that wouldn’t go away and I ended up going to the ER and having emergency surgery. I had a 15cm fluid-filled cyst on my right ovary that had ruptured and had to be removed along with my right ovary that was badly twisted as a result. I have no idea how long the cyst was there of course but do you think the Chasteberry was too much too soon or had any impact? I have never been diagnosed with PCOS but in addition to the irregular cycles I also have a problem with excess facial hair that had gotten worse recently so there’s obviously a hormonal imbalance going on. Any advice you can give me would be great.

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        • Fran October 4, 2017, 12:54 am

          Hi Amy, it is unlikely that the chasteberry caused the cyst as in fact the herb is used to shrink cysts – unfortunately that did not work for yours. Larger cysts like these are usually not an annovulation issue so not related to PCOS. I recommend that you do some extensive hormone testing and book in a natural therapist who specialises in women’s hormonal health.

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  • anne June 19, 2017, 3:32 pm

    No one is saying how long to wait after stopping the pill before starting on Chaste Berry. How long should i wait? I really want to get started. Thanks

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    • Fran June 27, 2017, 1:28 am

      Hi Anne, I recommend first letting your natural cycle come back – I’d give it at least 4 months after coming off the BCP.

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  • Melissa June 2, 2017, 12:58 am

    I want to take vitex to help cystic acne but am concerned that it will change the efficacy of my mirena birth control. You said magnesium, zinc and B6 will be just as effective as vitex in helping to clear up skin, but not effect hormonal birth control? Is that correct? If so, what mg of magnesium, zinc and B6 are recommended? TIA

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    • Fran June 17, 2017, 1:33 am

      Hi Melissa, I do not recommend taking vitex whilst using the mirena IUD, nor do I recommend any progesterone boosting treatments as they are counterproductive to what the synthetic hormones are doing in your body.

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  • Krystle April 16, 2017, 4:09 am

    How long should I take vitex for? and I usually skip it on my period, is that okay?

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    • Fran April 18, 2017, 3:15 pm

      Hi Krystle, it’s different for everyone. And yes, it is good practice to skip the days that you’re bleeding.

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  • Tarah April 13, 2017, 1:25 pm

    I’ve started taking Vitex for acne about 3 weeks ago. I’ve never had an issue with irregular periods (I have a handy period tracker and always start the day of) but now I’m a couple of days late. I have yet to notice an improvement with acne, but I understand it can take a while to make changes. Should I continue using this or stop because it’s now causing a delayed period? If yes, any suggestions for herbs or supplements I can take to help fight acne? Thank you.

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    • Fran April 18, 2017, 3:12 pm

      First of all, two days later than normal is not late, secondly, what’s the reason for taking vitex if you have a regular cycle?

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  • Sara March 30, 2017, 12:53 pm

    Hi Fran!

    I have been taking Vitex for one month now and it has greatly helped with my very heavy and irregular periods, plus I have a ton of energy, but I am gaining a lot of weight. Just wondering why this may be and if I should continue to take it? Thanks

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    • Fran March 30, 2017, 2:27 pm

      Hi Sara, yes it can cause weight gain in some isolated cases. It may be better for you to try an alternative progesterone treatment.

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  • Georgia December 24, 2016, 7:48 am

    Hi Fran,

    I was on birthcontrol pill for seven months and stopped taking it four months ago. Ever since I started getting mild hormonal acne around my mouth/chin. I started taking vitex four days ago 1000mg everyday, but I don’t think my face is getting better and feels more irritated and red. Do you think 1000mg everyday is too much to start off with ?

    Thankyou so much !

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    • Fran January 2, 2017, 2:00 pm

      Hi Georgia, I only recommend vitex if you haven’t had your natural cycle back after four months – it is a strong LH stimulant so most often not the correct supplement from post-pill acne. You are also taking a very high dose. Please book in a consultation and I will get you on the right treatment plan.

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  • Kristin December 2, 2016, 10:56 pm

    Hi,
    I have been taking Vitex for seven months now. A holistic doctor I visited told me to take 4 pills a day in the beginning and slowly decrease from there. At first, my acne seemed to get much better but as I have been decreasing the amount of pills I’m supposed to take my acne is getting worse. I am down to taking 2 vitex pills a day and I’m supposed to go down to 1 soon. Is it possible that the vitex is making my acne worse ? I don’t get why it worked when I was taking 4 and now it no longer does. How long can one stay on vitex for and is 4 pills too many? I appreciate the help.

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  • Amber November 22, 2016, 8:19 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I have been taking vitex for 3 months with worsening acne and Pms (headache, cramps) Symptoms and my periods have actually gotten longer. What is the best way to stop the herb? Should I wean off of it or stop cold turkey? I’m scared of stopping cold turkey and having an even worse breakout!

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  • Amber November 7, 2016, 1:02 pm

    Hi Fran,

    How do you tell if vitex isn’t working for you? I’ve been taking it along with other hormone balancing herbs for about two months twice a day and my skin is not getting better at all. In fact it may be getting worse. I’m not sure if that means vitex is not helping me and making it worse as I’ve heard for some it can cause more acne?

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    • Fran November 8, 2016, 4:59 am

      Hi Amber, it really depends on what symptom you were wanting to manage with it. Vitex is a very slow working herb so can take 4-6 months to work to its full capacity. I recommend taking it for 6 months to properly judge how it works with your system. If it is not helping that symptom or symptoms after 6 months, then it is not the right herb for you.

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      • Amber November 21, 2016, 2:28 pm

        My cycles have not been improving also. And my skin continues to get worse. What are other options besides vitex to raise progesterone? mine is only a little low. And this is based off of a saliva test taken 2 months postpartum.

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        • Fran November 28, 2016, 8:36 am

          Hi Amber, yes there are a few ways to raise progesterone dependent on a bunch of factors in your unique situation. Vitex is a LH stimulant so it is not always the best, and not advisable with PCOS.

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          • Amber November 28, 2016, 11:38 am

            Ok thanks. I don’t have pcos that I am aware of just the high testosterone. Do I have to wean off of vitex or can I stop cold turkey? And when stopping should my increased ace etc get better?

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            • Fran November 30, 2016, 1:26 am

              You can stop cold turkey ๐Ÿ™‚

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              • Amber December 9, 2016, 1:01 am

                Ok thanks! I stopped t over two weeks ago and my skin has gotten only worse. Should my skin get better after stopping the vitex since it was making it worse? Or could vitex have caused even more hormonal imbalance?

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  • Catherine October 20, 2016, 7:23 pm

    Hi Fran,
    Thank you for the wealth of information you have shared. I am a 48 year old in perimenpause. The only negative symptoms are a little bloating and water retention. I eat extremely well, exercise 6 days a week and take pure encapsulation supplements. I had bloodwork and the only thing worth noting was that my progesterone was low compared to my estrogen. My cycles have been irregular and infrequent. I spotted for four days in the beginning of October. Is it okay to begin taking vitex mid-cycle (I think I may have ovulated a couple days ago??) ??? If so, what amount would you begin with? Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Catherine

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    • Fran October 20, 2016, 7:32 pm

      Hi Catherine, it is tricky with progesterone in perimenopause as your body is beginning to reduce progesterone and stop its fertile cycles, a herb like vitex can boost it all back too much. However, a low progesterone treatment can be very helpful in reducing side effects. I recommend that you work with a local natural therapist who can guide you closely through this time of transition.

      On a side note, just taking a herbal diuretic from a local health store may be enough to counteract the bloating and water retention.

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  • zody October 7, 2016, 4:21 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I have been taking Estroblock and Fertility blend for a few days now. After reading this I see that it can cause some initial changes/symptoms pertaining to your cycle, but I haven’t come across anything that says it is normal for it to delay your period. Could that be a possible side effect as well? I should also add that I have seen some great improvements in my skin in these last few days as well because of your recommendations, so thank you!

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  • Renee October 6, 2016, 3:56 am

    Hi, Fran!
    I’m hoping for some clarification on when to pause the use of vitex & EPO.
    Firstly, is it okay to take both supplements consecutively? I have researched & found conflicting information.
    Also, I think you have said to pause the vitex during periods & to only use the POE on the days between the period & ovulation…did I get that right?
    For the POE did you mean to begin use the day after my period ends & discontinue on my peak ovulation day?

    -RM

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    • Fran October 6, 2016, 7:11 pm

      Hi Renee, if you are not planning on a pregnancy, yes they are both okay to take at the same time. IF you are not planning on a pregnancy then you can take the EPO every day. It is only recommended to take a break after ovulation in case of pregnancy.

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  • S R September 23, 2016, 8:44 am

    Hi Fran
    Great article! I was suffering from prolonged heavy bleeding with blood clots, and Vitex has been a miracle. I have started taking vitex and take 400×3 dosages throughout the day. My bleeding stopped immediately and my mood has been better (I was feeing depressed while on my period) I dont feel bloated anymore (although I do pee a lot more now), and I feel less fatigued.
    I am wondering is it better to take it all in one sitting or is it okay for me to break it up, as it upsets my stomach a little and I dont want to put too much strain on my stomach. Also, should I be taking it when I want my period to start? because I initially started taking it to stop my period… I guess what I am trying to ask is, will my period start on its own while being on Vitex or would I have to stop vitex in order to get my period?
    Thank you
    SR

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    • Fran September 27, 2016, 8:03 pm

      Hi SR, vitex is a strong LH stimulant so it is designed to promote ovulation and kick start a missing period. You are taking an extremely high dosage so I recommend that you consider dropping it down eventually to 400mg daily. If you have passed 4 months on vitex and are not getting a period, I recommend that you visit a local natural practitioner to get a consult.

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  • joylina September 16, 2016, 10:12 pm

    Hello,
    I am 23. I have been struggling with hormonal acne around chin and mouth since I was 19. The acne has gotten cystic. My periods are fairly regular, it varies anywhere from 20 to 30 days apart. I do experience pretty severe nausea and cramping during the first few days. I do not know what my hormone levels are. I am looking for a solution to my acne. Do you think Chasteberry be a good solution?

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    • Fran September 27, 2016, 7:52 pm

      Hi Joylina, I can’t advise without having a proper chat with you. Please book in a consultation and I’ll help you to get onto the best treatment plan unique to you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Dina September 10, 2016, 7:56 pm

    Hi, can I use Vitex Agnus while on the non hormonal copper IUD Paraguard?

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    • Fran September 13, 2016, 1:22 pm

      Hi Dina, I do not recommend this as the vitex will be trying to make you more fertile – it is counterproductive to your birth control.

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  • lauren September 4, 2016, 2:53 pm

    Hi fran
    This is my first cycle having taken vitex and my post-ovulatory acne is much worse. I used to take hormone replacement therapy and whenever I took progesterone for the last 14 days of my cycle my skin was also bad. I’ve had a full hormone panel and they are all normal (now having normal periods). I’m wondering if my problem isn’t low progesterone and this is making it worse – can that happen?
    Thanks

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    • Fran September 5, 2016, 1:32 pm

      Hi Lauren, this is normal for vitex for up to three months. Please also make sure that it is the right supplement for you if you haven’t yet had guidance.

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  • Ezza August 31, 2016, 7:17 am

    Hi ….. I am taking evening primrose oil and vitex chaste-berry 500 mg each ….my acne is getting better but I’m facing serious hair fall now ……

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    • Fran September 2, 2016, 4:34 pm

      Hi Ezza, hair falling out is often a DHT or estrogen issue, I recommend that you get a complete hormone test done.

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  • Bridget June 18, 2016, 11:35 pm

    Really needs help figuring out what would help with my acne by my mouth on the right side!

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    • Fran June 19, 2016, 11:39 pm

      Hi Bridget, please book in a consultation so that I can properly help you.

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  • Crystal June 15, 2016, 4:45 pm

    Hi Fran, Ive been reading your blog for awhile now. I just purchased your 6 week anti androgen detox diet book because I believe my acne is hormonal, and its on my back. I have perioal dermatitis also. I’m on a candida cleanse capsule and now started vital 2 days ago. I wait an hour or so between taking them. Can I take these together?

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    • Crystal June 15, 2016, 4:45 pm

      that’s Vitex* sry.

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    • Fran June 19, 2016, 11:38 pm

      Hi Crystal, yes that is fine.

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  • tysie May 30, 2016, 1:34 pm

    I have PCOS. I have struggle with weight gain, facial hairs, irregular periods. My gyn put me on provera to regulate it. Now I am trying the vitex in the oil form. I’m really not sure how to take it. the instruction said 20 to 36 drops three time a day. I feel like that to much. What do you suggest?

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    • Fran May 30, 2016, 7:06 pm

      Hi Tysie, I would not recommend to take vitex and provera together.

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  • Ash May 30, 2016, 4:38 am

    Hi,
    I have been taking vitex for over 1 month and my jawline acne has cleared up wonderfully! I had changing hormone symptoms when I first started on vitex (like pms, spotting, brown blood) but now everything is great. May I ask how long I should take vitex for? For example…should I take it forever to keep hormones regular? (Iv also adjusted my diet to clean eating). Or do I just take it for a few months and then test out how things are when I’m off it?
    What do you recommend?

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    • Fran May 30, 2016, 7:02 pm

      Hi Ash, it is better to work out why your LH or progesterone was low in the first place, and to heal the issue from that root level to allow you to at some point to come off the vitex.

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    • Cynthia D December 13, 2016, 2:20 pm

      Hi Ash,

      I would like to know what is the dosage you take everyday? Are you only using vitex?
      Thank you.

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  • lily May 27, 2016, 12:10 pm

    hello,
    im just wondering how long you should be off the pill for before you start taking vitex ?

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    • Fran May 30, 2016, 7:02 pm

      Hi Lily, it more depends on IF you actually need it.

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  • Tina May 15, 2016, 9:28 pm

    Hi, I’ve been taking vitex for 6 months but haven’t seen any difference with me acne problem. My menstrual cylcle has been improved but my acne is still bad. Do you think I should keep taking it or is it possible that it won’t work for me?

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    • Fran May 20, 2016, 10:51 pm

      Hi Tina, it will only work if the only hormone that you need to work on is progesterone and its pathways, if not then it is not going to be effective.

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  • Natasha May 8, 2016, 6:28 pm

    Hi there. Can I continue taking premular once I am pregnant. I have sever adult acne and it’s driving me nuts. I am not sure what other options there are.

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    • Fran May 11, 2016, 3:12 pm

      Hi Natasha, Please let your midwife, natural therapist or doctor know that you are taking premular. Usually they will advise you to keep taking it every day for the first trimester to help prevent miscarriage. Also keep in mind that often the skin completed clears up after the first trimester.

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  • Rachel April 29, 2016, 2:03 pm

    Hi Fran,
    Can I take the Vitex together with the other dietary supplement like evening primrose oil and even during period time? Thx.

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    • Fran May 2, 2016, 6:08 pm

      Yes absolutely, but its best to take a break from vitex when you are bleeding. If you are planning on getting pregnant, then also take a break with the EPO between ovulation and bleeding.

      Reply
  • Danielle April 22, 2016, 3:44 am

    Hi, I’ve been taking agnus castus for about 3 weeks and I feel like it’s made me very tired. Can it be taken in the evening instead of the morning?

    Reply
    • Fran April 25, 2016, 5:21 pm

      Hi Danielle, This could be a detox reaction, take it in the evening and give it more time.

      Reply
  • Veronica April 21, 2016, 8:56 pm

    Hi,
    I recently found out about Vitex. I do not have irregular periods. I have a tumor in my pituitary gland, which causes me to have a higher level of prolactin. I cam across an article that Vitex helped lowered prolactin levels. When I first discovered I had a tumor, my periods had stopped. I went on medicine and it came back. I haven’t been on my medicine for 4 years now due to no health insurance. My periods have not been irregular tho since I have been off of it. I am hoping to get back on the medicine sometime early next year. I was also trying to get pregnant and I also have hormonal acne. Do you think Vitex will be good for me? I am 30 years old.

    Reply
    • Fran April 25, 2016, 5:20 pm

      Hi Veronica, I am not familiar with the hormonal pathways that are adversely affected by the tutor. I recommend that you consult with a local natural therapist.

      Reply
  • Ann April 12, 2016, 7:44 am

    Hy,
    Firstly, thanks for the article, it has been most helpful!
    I was just recommended agnus-castus by a herbalist for my hormonal acne but now I found out it would not be wise to take it while on hormonal IUD. I was wondering if then it would be okay to take the combination of magnesium, zinc and B6 while on the same birth control?
    Regards

    Reply
    • Fran April 15, 2016, 10:51 pm

      Hi Ann, Yes you an take those three supplements whilst having the IUD.

      Reply
  • Levette March 20, 2016, 2:21 am

    I was giving this at an herb shop to stop my spotting while on DEPO! Though I see this vitamin helps with fertility as well. Not trying to get pregnant at the moment. Needed to know how long it takes to get in your system. Also do it help with shrinkage of fibroids.

    Thx

    Reply
    • Fran March 29, 2016, 2:02 am

      Hi Levette, I do not recommend the use of vitex when on any form of synthetic birth control, as it is counter-productive.

      Reply
  • Bryana March 11, 2016, 11:52 pm

    I have been having trouble with acne for years tried everything even went to the dermatologist and was prescribed aldactone. I heard about this and have been wanted to try but I have been on birth control for 12 years. Has anyone ever took vitex with being on birth control or is this a big no no

    Reply
    • Fran March 13, 2016, 11:41 pm

      Hi Byrana, I do not recommend this, as vitex taking with the BCP can cause a pregnancy.

      Reply
  • sharitty March 1, 2016, 12:26 am

    Would vitex be good to take after coming off birth control pills and getting stubborn acne on chin and jawline.. I’m looking into vitex or estroblock.. Thanks..

    Reply
    • Fran March 7, 2016, 5:42 pm

      Hi Sharitty, vitex is a strong LH stimulant, so good for women with irregular cycles, cyclic acne or strong PMS. EstroBlock is a estrogen metaboliser and DHT blocker, but also raises testosterone. So it gets a bit intricate and complicated.. please book in a consultation if you can!

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  • Laurie February 23, 2016, 5:26 am

    Hi Fran,
    Is there a specific time in one’s monthly cycle when it is best to start taking vitex? Does it matter?
    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Fran February 24, 2016, 4:51 pm

      No, you can begin taking it at any time – whole herbal medicines are much more gentle than pharmaceuticals and even vitamin and mineral supplements. We take them in small doses over a long time so it will take a while for the vitex to kick in.

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  • Carh February 13, 2016, 3:42 am

    Hi. Great article.
    When you say it can take 3-4 months to kick in, I’m wondering if, as I have been experiencing fluid retention, puffy fingers and weight gain since I started taking Premular 7 weeks ago. Are these considered ‘normal’ side effects? I’m also tired and experiencing trouble getting to sleep. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Reply
    • Fran February 24, 2016, 5:00 pm

      Hi Carh, try drinking a diuretic tea, it should help.

      Reply
  • Jo February 7, 2016, 12:48 am

    Hello,
    I’ve been taking premulsr for a few months. I take it for 28 days, and then stop for 5 days while I have my period. Then start again on day 28. However, the last two months I have had my period arrive on day 21. I’m unsure as to continue taking the premular until day 28, have 5 days off or stop taking the premular as my period has started. And start again after 5 days.
    I’m taking it to regulate my periods. And I have the 5 day break as prescribed my a naturopath but I’ve lost contact with her, as she moved overseas.

    Many thanks

    Jo

    Reply
    • Fran February 24, 2016, 4:44 pm

      Hi Jo, simply stop taking the premular on the days that you are bleeding, whenever those days are. It’s also not essential to take the break when bleeding, I never did with premular and it always regulated my cycle down to the same hour each month.

      Reply
  • K.Petty January 23, 2016, 9:13 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I’ve been taking chasteberry vitex for about 3 1/2 weeks now. And I notice dark brown period blood for about 3 days. I would like to know is this normal? The reason why I’m taking chasteberry, is because I have irregular periods and imbalance hormones. Plus me and my husband wants to have a baby. I’ve never been pregnant before I’m only 25…. Can u please guide me in the right direction.. Thanks

    Reply
    • Fran January 25, 2016, 3:33 pm

      Hi K, you may not need it. A regular cycle is 29.5 days, and one week earlier or one week later than 29.5 days is still regular and normal. Our cycle changes a lot according to stress, the moon and what other women are around us. At 25 you are at your absolute fertile peak so shouldn’t have any problems.

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  • Natasha January 17, 2016, 5:11 am

    I am 42 years old an was taking Vitex to increase my chances of getting pregnant it made me feel very sad I was crying and very emotional for no reason at all my perfect skin broke out in cystic acne my boobs were tender and my period came and lasted for 2nd a half weeks I was told by my herbalist that I should just continue taking it but I felt like it was doing more harm than good since stopping it 2months ago I have not regained my period. My period was normal before, I think Vitex was to strong for me can you give me any explanation as to what may have happened. I’m hoping my body normalizes very soon what can I do. I’m scared and we were trying to have a baby.

    Reply
    • Fran January 18, 2016, 3:42 pm

      Hi Natasha, yes it can do this for 1-2 months as your hormonal system begins to adjust.

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  • Brandy January 2, 2016, 3:31 pm

    I’m 36 years old and stopped my birth control after 20 years. I’ve always struggled with acne but it got so much worse (especially on my neck, cystic/painful). I started gaining weight, as well. I read so many horror stories about taking vitex. I really had to do my research because I couldn’t afford health care. I regained regular periods after birth control, but my moods were weird (an otherwise reserved woman suddenly speaking her mind without regard, lol), I felt like I stayed bloated in the stomach area, severe acne, and severe fatigue. I’ve been taking vitex for a little over a month (400mg x2 per day) and I can already tell a big difference. My neck acne is healing on its own and without bursting. I didn’t care about loosing weight because I needed to gain, but overall I don’t feel bloated and uncomfortable anymore. While I didn’t have issues with my period, it is fuller but lasts no longer than it did. And the moodiness subsided! My moods are consistently light hearted. I didn’t do any of this to get pregnant, my husband had a vasectomy so that I could get off birth control. He says it’s the best thing he’s ever done, simply because of all the good changes in my sex drive, my personality, and my moods. I wanted to make my review as detailed as possible, because I had a hard time finding reviews from women who had my specific questions or concerns. I hope this helps.

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    • Ree January 28, 2016, 11:32 pm

      Hi Brandy, I am in a similar situation. I have been on the pill for 21 years. I tried to get off of it about 3 years ago, and I suffered from alopecia. The only way my hair grew back, was by going back on the pill. I really want to try to get off again, but I’m scared to go through the same thing. Would you mind telling me if you started taking the vitex before you got off the pill? I don’t know if I’m supposed to get it in my system first. Thanks!

      Reply
      • Fran February 24, 2016, 4:33 pm

        Hi Ree, hair loss is usually either – a mineral deficiency, an estrogen imbalance and/or elevated DHT. Work on all three and it may not happen again.

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  • Karen December 31, 2015, 6:07 pm

    Fran,
    I am super sensitive to herbal changes. I initially broke out terribly from Estroblock because I took too high of a dose with the pro formula. I’m now taking 3 per day with great results except for 1 or 2 cystic breakouts around my mouth every 2 weeks. I know my progesterone is low and have been on a natural progesterone cream since June with good but not perfect results. I want to add Vitex and want to know if a lower dose than 400 mg per day could be effective? I have 150mg capsules. Would that be a waste of time if 400mg is generally the therapeutic dose?

    Reply
    • Fran January 3, 2016, 10:32 pm

      Hi Karen, I need to have a consultation with you before recommending anything – please book in.

      Reply
  • Pat December 8, 2015, 12:36 pm

    Good Day Fran

    I am a 26 year old female, I have a 7 year old son and am currently TTC. After giving birth to my son 7 years ago I had Intrauterine Device for 4 years as prevention, then I went on the pill YAz on and off for 3 years.

    I stopped taking the pill 4-5 months ago and have only had 1 normal period and spotting 1 month and now I have had 3 months of no period. I took pregnancy tests and they come up negative ๐Ÿ™

    I started taking Vitex a week ago and I saw slight spotting 1 day. I am taking 2 in the morning and 2 at night. please advise if this dose is fine and if it means its working and if it will help me ovulate as I really want another baby

    Kind Regards
    Pat

    Reply
    • Fran December 14, 2015, 3:42 pm

      Hi Pat, please book in for a consultation so that I can give you proper guidance. Vitex is best all taken in the morning because it is a stimulant, AND it is important to take a good brand. Spotting in the beginning of taking it is normal.

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  • MRS B December 3, 2015, 4:13 pm

    Hi all I am just 40 and my periods seem to have vanished, I have started taking agnus castus for 3 wks now by lindens, to try and re-start my periods as I’m trying to concieve but unsure if or when I’m ovulating, really hoping A.C works, I am taking 2 capsules in the morning any help and advice would be very much appreciated x

    Reply
    • Fran December 3, 2015, 9:40 pm

      Hi Mrs B, I recommend going and investing in a full hormone panel via urine or saliva – preferably get testing done over a one month period. You need to get to the root of your missing cycle. However, sometimes stress and travel cause missing periods, and for up to three months this is nothing to be concerned about. After three months I encourage you to see a specialist.

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  • Vanessa November 6, 2015, 6:08 pm

    Hello, I am 28 years old. I have been diagnosed with PCOS in 2010 but I now know I had it since the very young age of 10-11. Because around that age is when my body turned for the worst! Instead of experiencing normal female puberty, I felt like I was going through male puberty! I had horrible facial (and body) hair! I would literally have to shave my beard and mustache every morning before going to school. I end up very overweight aswell. The sad part is that I have NEVER EVER in my life had a natural menstrual cycle, only induced ones! I have been on birth control for more then 10 years, because that was the only thing that would make me have a period. To this day I am still struggling with all of the ugly symptoms. I am desperately looking for a natural remedy that can make me ovulate and have natural periods on my own for the first time. Should Vitex or Dong Quai be a good choice for my situation or is there some other herb more suitable for me? And what would be the right dosage? I am already taking DCI + Prenatal vitamins.. Thank you so much in advance!

    Reply
    • Fran November 9, 2015, 2:55 pm

      Hi Vanessa, I feel strongly that you need to work with a naturopath or acupuncturist. I have a package deal that is a combined consultation with me and Caitlin the naturopath – please consider booking that in, if not book in someone local to you there.

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  • Olivia October 27, 2015, 2:16 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I’ve just recently (a week ago) started taking Vitex and have become so overwhelmingly tired since that I’m really unsure as to whether I can or should continue to take it. I know it’s common for symptoms to worsen for up to a few months after starting Vitex, but I just don’t think I can manage this level of exhaustion for that long. I sleep from 8-10 hours per night and am supporting the supplement with Milk Thistle, a good B-complex, Cod Liver Oil and Evening Primrose Oil. I eat very clean and drink lots of water and herbal teas. I’m not sure what else I can do to support my body while taking the Vitex, but I don’t think I can carry on feeling so tired while having to work and take care of other responsibilities.

    I know it’s hard for you to give advice without chatting, but I’m just not quite in a financial position to do that at the moment, so I’m hoping you might be able to offer some suggestions!

    Thanks for all of the great research and support you do!

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    • Krissy October 27, 2015, 8:15 pm

      Just saw your comment so thought i’d reply – i’ve also been taking vitex for a few months now. Its weird it makes you tired because i actually felt thr opposite effect – the vitex makes me feel more energetic! For the first few weeks though i felt strange – jittery, racing heart and really thirsty. Those symptoms seemed to settle down though its as if my body adjusted so maybe u need to give it a bit more time for your body to get used to it? Or try reducing the dose a little and gradually build up? Anyway i’m sure Fran has something more informative to say -just thought i’d share my experience ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Olivia October 27, 2015, 9:22 pm

        Thanks for your reply! Ya, I’m not sure what’s up… I know it’s only been a week and that it generally takes quite a while to show positive results, but I just wondered if, with such a strong negative reaction, maybe it’s not the herb for me. I’ve never had cystic acne either, and I’m noticing more and more big, painful cysts developing. I think I might just stop taking it to see if these symptoms go away… I definitely can’t manage being THIS exhausted! Thanks for your advice!

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    • Olivia October 28, 2015, 12:31 am

      Just a quick follow-up comment – I think it’s worth noting that I’ve always had regular cycles, although I’ve just come off of the Mirena IUD recently (just over a month ago). I’m now concerned based on experiences I’ve read about from other people that since I have a regular cycle, Vitex could throw that off. Any advice would be so appreciated! I’m starting to worry that maybe I’m causing more damage than good with this herb.

      Reply
      • Fran November 3, 2015, 12:54 pm

        Hi Olivia, It’s better to book in a consultation – I can’t advise in here.

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    • Fran November 3, 2015, 12:53 pm

      Hi Olivia, be sure that it’s the vitex and not something else that you’re taking – vitex usually gives energy.

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  • Daisy October 20, 2015, 7:24 pm

    For 2 years I’ve been battle something that I just can’t seem to find the answer why BV… while having this I started getting moody, unexplained acne, muscles spasms, dry eyes, headaches, body aches, loss of hair, irregular periods or sometimes not at all, anxiety, cramps, bloating, tender breast, and the list goes on, and then it hit me my hormones must be off, so I suggested it to my doctors they ran 1 blood test and checked everything possible put me on birth control and sent me on my way, started taking the birth control half way through the first month I developed these severe headaches and off the birth control I went they did internal and external ultrasounds and all they keep telling me is everything is normal. That’s fine but I know my body and at 28 years old I should not be having issues for 2 years trying to get pregnant nor should I be having all these other issues, I feel like I’m at lost for words the run one blood test just one not timing it out and claim my estrogen is normal so my progesterone is normal and nothing they can do to help me. I’ve lost interest in getting pregnant but seem to spend my days racking my brain as to why this is all happening to me and why won’t they help me, now I’m no doctor but I’ve done my fair amount of research and everything is coming back to my progesterone so once again I went to my doctors and instead of just trying me on a hormonal therapy they gave me antibiotics for my BV and sent me on my way, can you possibly give me some sort of suggestion on what to take and is it unsafe to add more progesterone in your body if you have enough (since they aren’t helping me and claim in normal) also they told me today that you can’t run a test on progesterone so they just use other components to identify if you have enough I’m at loss here and desperately need help

    Reply
    • Fran October 26, 2015, 3:03 pm

      Hi Daisy, I can’t recommend without having a proper chat with you first. Book in a consultation and I will get you onto a good treatment plan.

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  • kp September 29, 2015, 3:46 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Thanks for this website. I am having brutal acne since going off birth control. My androgens are through the roof i think. It’s not new, I have always been like this when I am not on birth control.

    I have been taking flaxseed oil for the first half of my cycle and primrose for the second. I have done this in the past with some success, so far i have only done one month with some improvement, my cycle went from 22 days to 28 days but still a lot of cystic back acne.

    What is the best way to incorporate vitex into this? Include it only with the primrose or use it the whole time? What is a safe dosage? I am not trying to conceive right now, just improve my skin.

    Reply
    • Fran October 2, 2015, 8:36 pm

      Hi Kp, if it’s your androgens then seed cycling and vitex are not the answer. Please book in for a consultation and I will get you onto the best treatment plan that works.

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  • Rachael September 27, 2015, 8:46 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I’m trying to find out if you should or should not continue to take vitex for the second half or cycle if you are trying to conceive it if you should stop if you find out you are pregnant.
    I am confused by the answers that you have given to other women.
    In your rely to Ramina Jone 5th June 2015 who said she had just found out she was 3 weeks pregnant, you said “it (vitex) can prevent miscarriage” and ” usually the plan of action is to continue taking it for the first three months”
    However to Kate 7th July 2014 you said ” you cannot take vitex if you fall pregnant (you will need to stop taking it every cycle then start again if you are not pregnant)”
    Could you please clarify?
    Thank you

    Reply
    • Fran September 28, 2015, 11:40 pm

      Hi Rachael,

      Unfortunately there are a few schools of thought within natural therapy. Here are the general rules: IF you are taking it every day and you find out you are pregnant, then often your natural therapist, midwife or doctor will recommend that you keep taking it for the first 3 months of your pregnancy to prevent miscarriage.

      Some natural therapist believe in taking a break from it for the days that you are bleeding each month (which is on average 5 days each month). Then there are the schools of thought that believe to stop taking it after ovulation and begin again after bleeding. I would only recommend this if you are trying to conceive, however, using a natural progesterone cream then may be a better option.

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  • Fiona September 18, 2015, 4:53 pm

    Hi Fran
    I have been taking vitex more than 3 -5monthes i had not regular cyckes my progesterone is 2 mg
    I am almost 49
    Should I continue can it help me in pregnancy
    Or I stop
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Fran September 22, 2015, 8:50 pm

      Hi Fiona,

      I can’t possibly advise without having a full consultation with you. Especially at your age I recommend working regularly with a naturopath if you have a pregnancy or are wanting to get pregnant.

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  • Victoria August 30, 2015, 11:13 pm

    Hello Fran,

    Thank you for your helping hand.

    While searching for the answers on my symptoms, I came across your site. I live in Melbourne and desperately need your advise, as the advise I got could have made matters worse. I am 44 turning 45 in December, homeschooling mother of 2, dealing with all of the symptoms alone.

    I am dealing with a peri menopause and my symptoms interfere greatly with my life due to irregular periods, cold flushes, heavy flow and clots since 2013. I had an Oblation done in October 2014 as it was terrible. I would like to retain my uterus and someone advised me on taking Vitex Premular and in April 2015 I started, but silly me, did not read on the web and took it with 14 day breaks.

    Now I have bleeding. Vitex could have probably messed up all of my cycle which is already not stable with mid cycle bleeding. It all suggests I am approaching my menopause.

    I feel I need Vitex, as it raises progesterone and also helps regulate hormones. How long before the symptoms will improve. Have you had patients with similar cases?

    I also take home made tea (Lady`s Mantle, Shepherd Purse and Yarrow) to stop the current bleeding twice daily and plan to continue till my menopause starts. I take 1 teaspoon of Opticell supplement, flaxseed oil capsules in the morning and Iron Sustain in hope that I will be able to deal with this situation.

    I hope Vitex Premular will help in reducing the blood flow and will stop it all together once and for all. Looking forward to your reply, Victoria

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  • Krissy August 27, 2015, 12:18 am

    Hi Fran. I have been taking the premular brand of vitex you recommened for the past 3 weeks to hopefully help the acne i get on my chin and around my mouth. I have been experiencing some weird side effects – racing/heavy heartbeat, jittery feeling and extreme thirst. The last few nights i’ve had trouble getting to sleep and keep waking up and needing a drink of water because i’m so thirsty! Have you ever heard of anyone having these side effects? Should i stop taking vitex or do u think the side effects r just temporary? Hope u can help and thanks for all the interesting info. Oh and i’ve also been taking estroblock for a few months. No side effects from that but not much improvement in acne.

    Reply
    • Fran August 29, 2015, 2:03 pm

      Hi Krissy, you might have an allergy or intolerance to it. I suggest doing the kineseology sway test with it, or getting help from a certified kineseologist. You could also try stopping it altogether and seeing if the symptoms pass.

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  • Rebecca August 20, 2015, 2:04 pm

    Hi Fran, I am very tempted to try Vitex because I have heard it might help with low progesterone and acne around that time of the month. I am puzzled by one thing in your article, you say to take evening primrose from day 1 of cycle to ovulation, I thought it was the other way around?? Take EPO from day 15 til bleeding? I was going to start EVP on day 15 thinking it would help my low progesterone???? A seed cycling article I read for balancing hormones suggested EVP during days 15 til bleeding. Thoughts???

    Reply
    • Fran August 20, 2015, 8:48 pm

      Hi Rebecca, the only reason I suggest this is in case of pregnancy – EPO can cause uterine cramping and potentially loss of a pregnancy, so we just want to make sure that it is not taking whilst pregnant. Once bleeding then we can safely assume that there is no pregnancy.

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      • Rebecca August 21, 2015, 10:29 am

        Thanks for the fast reply. So, if not pregnant it is safe to use in either part of your cycle? Does it promote progesterone more than estrogen??

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        • Fran August 24, 2015, 6:11 pm

          Yes, it is safe to take it every day of your cycle. EPO promotes healthy cervical mucous, and the omega-3 component helps with all-round healthy reproductive hormones.

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  • Jamie August 3, 2015, 10:46 pm

    I took Vitex for 6 months and had severe moodiness, low libido and a headache. Any thoughts as to why?

    Reply
    • Fran August 4, 2015, 1:36 pm

      Hi Jamie, sometimes vitex is too strong, as in it can lower your prolactin levels by too much, or raise your LH by too much. It sounds like one of these has happened to you and it’s either not the supplement for you or you should at least take a break from it. If you would like an alternative progesterone treatment plan please book in with me and I can guide you through one.

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  • Trisha leu August 3, 2015, 5:41 am

    I need to know the difference between fertility lend and premolars and also i am 45yrs trying for second child and what are the chances

    Hope to hear from u you soon

    Reply
    • Fran August 4, 2015, 1:30 pm

      Hi Trisha, I think you mean Premular and FertilityBlend right? They are very similar. I simply advise Premular to my Australia and New Zealand clients simply as it’s easier for them to get, and it’s the supplement that I’ve personally used with great success over the years. FertilityBlend is the supplement that comes highly recommend by a natural hormone expert that I studied with.

      45 years it the beginning of the average time when women can begin going through menopause, however, it depends on how “young” your ovaries are. Some women go through menopause in the 30’s, and some not until their late 50’s.

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  • Sandra July 1, 2015, 2:10 am

    I have been taking chasteberry daily for a month now and into my 2nd week, my acne problem got worse. I understand that it is probably a side effect in some women. Should I continue taking it? Or stop? I am just wondering if the acne is a temporary side effect that will go away once my hormones stabilise. I used to be diagnosed with PCOS and have the classical symptoms of high androgen levels hence the pills

    Reply
    • Fran July 6, 2015, 1:07 am

      Hi Sandra, worsening of the skin for up to two months on chasteberry is a very normal and common side effect. It’s good to push through it, because the long term results will be well worth it.

      Reply
  • Ramona Jones June 5, 2015, 11:01 am

    I have been taking Vitex for about two months and I just found out that I am three weeks pregnant. Half of the information I read online says I should stop taking it because it can cause a miscarriage. The other half says I should keep taking it because it can prevent a miscarriage! I’m very freaked out about what to do here and I’m afraid I’ll have a miscarriage if I just stop taking it. Should I wean off slowly? Do you have any advice?

    Reply
    • Fran June 6, 2015, 9:14 pm

      Hi Ramona, It can prevent miscarriage. Tell your midwife, natural therapist or doctor that you are on it and get the advice from them on what to do. Usually the plan of action is to continue to take it for the first 3 months of the pregnancy.

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  • Sarah May 28, 2015, 4:58 am

    I just started taking evening primrose oil with vitex today- is there a reason the primrose can only be taken during the follicular phase? The research I did online didn’t say this- worried … Please let me know what you mean. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Fran May 29, 2015, 6:28 pm

      Hi Sarah, EPO can cause uterine cramping which is not safe during pregnancy. If you are not pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant then you can safely take it every day of the month.

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  • Krystal May 22, 2015, 1:55 am

    I ordered the chaste berries from an organic store and made my own tincture. What is the recommended dosage per day? I normally use about 8 drops per day of my frankincense and myrrh tinctures. My natural doctor put me on bioidentical progesterone tablets days 10-25 of my cycle. Can I take the vitex while I take the tablets? Do I take the vitex all month long or just certain days of my cycle?

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    • Fran May 22, 2015, 7:11 pm

      Hi Krystal, It depends on the strength of your tincture. I recommend doing some google research. And yes, you can use the progesterone tablets whilst you are also taking vitex. And you take vitex all month long.

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  • Melissa S May 3, 2015, 7:17 pm

    Hello Fran,

    So I started taking chaste berry only like a week or week and a half ago, and I’ve had the worst mood swings and almost a total loss of sex drive, combined with an inability to orgasm, and usually my sex drive is very strong! I am so not happy to say the least. I want to thank you for your site because I’ve been searching all over the web and your site is the first one to say it can cause moodiness and loss of libido in women. I was beginning to think I was the only crazy one! I originally decided to try vitex because I have some hormonal acne which causes me to not be able to eat dairy or eggs, so I was hoping it would balance my hormones. About 1 1/2 months ago I did also start taking some high quality whole food vitamins that contain zinc, magnesium, and a vitamin B complex though, so I would like to ask you: Since those vitamins tend to do the job themselves anyway, do you think I may have been over doing it with the vitex? I think I’m going to throw the vitex bottles away.. I want my sex drive back! Thanks for any input you may have.

    Melissa

    Reply
    • Fran May 4, 2015, 3:59 pm

      Hi Melissa, often things can change into the third month with vitex so I recommend sticking with it and seeing if those adverse side effects pass soon.

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  • Sally April 10, 2015, 7:00 pm

    Is this ok to take at any age? I’m 23 years old.

    Reply
    • Fran April 13, 2015, 2:26 pm

      Yes absolutely.

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  • Kate March 31, 2015, 1:01 am

    I wish I could use fertility blend but it has magnesium stearate as a filer ๐Ÿ™ my skin is very sensitive to a lot of fillers and I break out from them. Thank you x

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    • Fran April 3, 2015, 1:46 am

      Hi Kate, look for an alternative brand of chasteberry. That one is just the best I know of.

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  • Kate March 30, 2015, 5:25 pm

    Hi Fran,
    Do you take vitex every single day even during your period?should it be taken with a meal? Also, what’s the general recommended dosage? I need to find a good brand with absolutely no weird fillers , I think I may try pure encapsulations or a tincture . Thanks!!

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    • Fran March 30, 2015, 8:32 pm

      Hi Kate, it depends on the brand but usually you take them every day. I most recommend FertilityBlend.

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  • Alia March 19, 2015, 10:24 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Thanks so much for your site. Do you have any recommendations on how to select a good natural therapist? I am looking for one in London but i have no idea how to choose one. I would book a consultation with you but i am pretty sure i need to start a progesterone cream and will have to select one available in the UK, not sure you can help with that?

    A bit about me; I previously used dinette to control my oily skin/acne and when i came off it got bad cystic acne. I now have a balanced diet, have cut out dairy and gluten 90%, am on a 640mg of saw palmetto which helped clear my cystic acne a lot, but still get oily skin which occasionally results in a cyst and have developed bacne. I am slim and have a regular period but my luteal phase is about 10/11 days so on the low end. This all makes me think it’s a low progesterone issue? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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    • Fran March 20, 2015, 3:16 am

      Hi Alla,

      Actually I rarely recommend progesterone cream – a combination of chasteberry with high levels of vitamin C is more effective at raising progesterone in pre-menopausal women.

      The luteal phase is always 14 days, so it’s more likely you have a shorter follicular phase. Either way if you book in I’ll get you on my protocol for coming off the pill.

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  • Susanne Calhoun March 12, 2015, 1:55 am

    I would love to try Premular but I cannot find where to buy it in the USA! Where is this product available?

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    • Fran March 19, 2015, 2:07 am

      Hi Susanne, FertilityBlend is actually better and the one available in the US.

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  • Rimija January 25, 2015, 1:11 am

    Hi Fran,
    I have started taking FertilAid which has vitex in it. Since taking this natural herb 4 days ago, I have experience a lot of nausea. Most of my day I want to sleep because I’m so tired. I work with children so I need all of my energy. Is there something I can do to help with my nausea? Also I would just like my life back.

    Thank you

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    • Fran January 26, 2015, 8:03 pm

      Hi Rimija, I’m not familiar with that particular brand of vitex so I don’t know what’s in it. But it sounds like either your body is shifting too quickly and your liver is struggling to keep up, or you have an allergy or intolerance to an ingredient. I recommend cutting back to the lowest dose possible and supporting your liver through supplementation. If you are still experience side effects then try an alternative brand of vitex.

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      • Punita April 10, 2016, 5:57 pm

        Hi i am Mother of 2, both got through clomid, I got irregular due to PCOs, after 2nd one my periods totally messed, Doctors advised birth control pill to regularize which makes me to gain weight of 6 kgs more also left urinary tract infections. After stopped pills. My infection cleared off slowly.
        But now almost more than 5 months no periods. I don’t need another baby but at least I wanted to my periods 1-2 months. Can u advise me;
        1. Vitex which brand & how much mg
        2. Will Vitex increase my body weight ?
        3. Right now Iam using kinohimtsu tummy tuck slimming tablets in afternoon to reduce my abdominal fats, is Vitex can be taken along with it ?

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        • Fran April 15, 2016, 10:49 pm

          Hi Punita, Please book in a consultation so that I can properly work with you.

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  • maria e January 14, 2015, 4:56 am

    hi fran
    i being trying to get pregnant for 2 yrs i went to the doctor he said i have high testosterone. my friend told me to take vitex so i went to buy it but i have t get my period since september26,2014 and i already starterd taking vitex is there going to be anyproblem or should i stop taking them.

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    • Fran January 14, 2015, 6:01 pm

      Hi Maria,

      Vitex may help you to get your cycle back so I recommend that you give it a try for a minimum of 4 months. Please do not stop taking it if you get pregnant – and let your medical doctor or natural therapist know that you are taking it. I also recommend taking 1,000mg of Vitamin C daily.

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      • maria e January 14, 2015, 9:02 pm

        thank you, another question i am taking chaste tree berry (vitex extract plus) is 240 mg
        is this one ok or should i get another one?

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  • neha September 7, 2014, 10:05 pm

    Hi
    i am trying to get pregnant for almost year i got positive result last month i was pregnant
    1-2 week and got miscarriage this was my second pregnancy i google and read abt chasteberry but my period is always normal 26-28 day cycle getting ovulation too i think so, can i take still chasteberry? to help me to get pragnant and i read abt that if your periods is normal than you don’t need to take is this correct?

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    • Fran September 8, 2014, 2:33 pm

      Hi Neha,

      I recommend that you work with a natural therapist to help you to hold your next pregnancy. Vitex and progesterone creams can be good if you are low in progesterone. A good natural therapist will help you to get tested and then put you onto the best herbs.

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  • kate July 7, 2014, 5:51 am

    Hi Fran
    I have recently come off the birth control pill as my husband and I want to have a baby. I have not yet had a period (it’s now been two months since coming off the pill) so someone recommended I start taking Vitex to help regulate my hormones and cycle? Is this correct?

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    • Fran July 7, 2014, 5:08 pm

      Hi Kate,

      Yes this is one option. But I would highly recommend the use of a natural bio-identical progesterone cream instead because you cannot take vitex if you fall pregnant (you will need to stop it on every ovulation and then take it up again if you are not pregnant). Progesterone cream on the other hand is good to take whilst pregnant as it prevents miscarriage – but you will need to take it for a minimum of the first 3 months of your pregnancy.

      I recommend that you find a good natural therapist to work with.

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  • Maria December 25, 2013, 6:41 pm

    Hi Fran,

    My progesterone levels are low. I have been using Estroblock (3/day) for 2 months, and Liver Rescue for a month, and haven’t seen any improvement yet. Should I stick with Estroblock for another month, before introducing Vitex? Is it okay to take Vitex even though I have regular periods? If not taking Vitex, how much of the magnesium, zinc and B6 combination should one take?

    Maria x

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    • Fran December 25, 2013, 6:46 pm

      Hi Maria, my question is what are you doing to raise your progesterone? If your progesterone is low then you may need to work on that before you see improvement. Estroblock can also take a full three months to show improvements, and that is as long as you’re on the correct dosage level for you.

      You can definitely take vitex while taking estroblock, and yes also okay while your cycle is regular. I have a very regular cycle too but took vitex (I now use a natural progesterone cream) to get rid of PMT. Just remember that it will take about 4 months for vitex to start showing its positive effects.

      For dosage requirements of magnesium, zinc and B6, follow the recommendations on the particular brand you get. Just remember that magnesium is better and faster absorbed when used as a lotion.

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      • Maria December 25, 2013, 7:43 pm

        Thanks for responding so quickly!

        I’m not doing anything yet for raising my progesterone levels, because I just got my test results back. I actually bought a bottle of Vitex, but I was too scared to try, because I read somewhere that you should not take it if your periods are regular. I also heard that you should start taking it on the first day of bleeding, so I have been waiting for that too.

        What kind of natural cream are you using? Do you think it is better than Vitex?

        x

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        • Fran December 25, 2013, 7:51 pm

          It depends which one you take. I have one that you can start any time during your cycle and you take one every day (some you take a break on ovulation). I have had great success with it in the past with a regular cycle even before taking it, to get rid of PMT.

          I use a natural progesterone cream now for a couple of reasons – I feel that it’s more directly aimed at raising progesterone which is a problem for me. I also am at an age that I feel I could potentially get pregnant within a couple of years and it’s safer to use the progesterone if getting pregnant.

          There are many brands of natural progesterone cream, most of them are good ๐Ÿ™‚ Dr John Lee has a listing on his website of good brands.

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    • Ashley May 24, 2016, 1:28 am

      Hi Fran,

      I’ve have been battling acne since I was 15 (now 24). I break out when I’m taking my birth control for all 3 weeks of the active pills and i clear up the week of my period (weird I know). I’ve been looking to get off birth control and finding ways to avoid breaking out even worse when I stop it. Currently I’m not taking birth control to avoid pregnancy simply for the reason of leveling out my hormones and acne. Do you not recommend taking vitex and birth control together only because there is risk of getting pregnant? Or because it could make your hormones go out of control? I was wanting to take vitex and estroblock to ease myself off of birth control.

      Thanks!

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      • Fran May 30, 2016, 7:00 pm

        Hi Maria, yes that’s correct, taking vitex whilst on the BCP is a bad idea, in fact it’s a very strong LH stimulant so I do not recommend it to women unless they actually need it for irregular cycles, PMS or cyclic acne. I have a particular consultation type for help coming off the BCP, please book in and I can get you onto a treatment plan.

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  • Vanessa December 13, 2013, 3:23 pm

    Hey Fran,
    I was just curious why you suggested to only take Evening Primrose Oil during the follicular phase.
    I’ve just started it a few days ago but I assumed that it was alright to take all month long.

    Thanks!
    Vanessa

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    • Fran December 13, 2013, 7:01 pm

      Hi Vanessa, it’s only really important if you may become pregnant – so if there’s no chance of that then you can take it every day (I did in my early 20’s). EPO can cause uterine contractions if taking after ovulation – this means that if taking while pregnant it may cause miscarriage. So, if there is any chance of you becoming pregnant, only take it between bleeding and ovulation, otherwise every day is fine.

      However, having said that, traditionally EPO has been used in the later stages of pregnancy by midwives to prepare the cervix. Midwives and natural therapists will know more about this.

      Fran x

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  • Maria December 10, 2013, 10:33 pm

    How should I take Vitex? Do you take it everyday, or only in the follicular phase? With or without food?

    Thanks!

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    • Fran December 11, 2013, 12:16 am

      Hi Maria, some are just taken in the follicular stage but I take a brand that is for every day. Best to talk with the health store staff where you buy yours because each brand is different.

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      • Maria December 15, 2013, 11:06 am

        Thanks!

        Mine says take 1 capsule everyday on an empty stomach, so I guess it should be okay to take it through the whole cycle. Also, when it the best time to start? On the first day of bleeding?

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  • Nancy Paola October 26, 2013, 10:09 pm

    Hi Fran, do you have a specific cleansing diet/a that you sell for the
    – liver
    – parasite
    – kidney

    I do have your webinar but I can’t seem to get the details on the actual recipe /directions.
    I have been on eastroblock for a while now 4 tablets a day but it doesn’t doesn’t feel like it is helping my menstrual breakouts. I was thinking I should try premular instead or in conjunction.
    Lastly not sure if this is going to throw a spanner in the works but my husband and I are thinking of having a baby and I don’t think I can take premular at the same time. I think I need to do more research in this.

    Thanks Nancy.

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    • Fran October 26, 2013, 10:41 pm

      Hi Nancy, I have written an entire guide on cleansing the liver. Check it out here: http://www.highonhealth.org/ebooks/

      It goes into complete detail on how to do liver cleansing, both physically and emotionally. Yes it’s better not to take premular if you might get pregnant.

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  • marie October 7, 2013, 5:25 am

    hey fran. its challenging because my cycle isnt regular. is there anything u can suggest ? I know its a pretty vast issue. the only thing i can think of is that i overwork which increases my already disturbed vata dosha : ) thought maybe u would have a bit of insight. thank you,

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    • Fran October 7, 2013, 3:06 pm

      Hi Maria, for sure aggravating your vata can irregulate your cycle. Stress, diet and exercise seem to be the three main keys to cycle regulation and getting rid of PMS. I used to get horrific cramps when I was a teenager, and then when I started eating better and exercising, and then taking the stress out of my life.. ALL of my PMS symtpoms went away. It was amazing! I actually haven’t had a cramp for I’d say about 10 years.

      Also the closer you are to nature the more I find a cycle regulates. My cycle is confused when I’m living in cities – there are too many artificial lights. Here in the country where I live my body aligns perfectly with the moon, it’s incredible. Whenever I’m living here I always start bleeding when it’s the full moon, and ovulate on new moon (or vice versa).

      For sure vitex will help you, and consider taking evening primrose oil too and another good form of EFA.

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      • marie October 9, 2013, 6:37 am

        that is beautiful to see such a connection with our mother. ya im not sure whats up with me. i work with the land growing food pretty much all the time. i live outside in a tree house under the moon. i find i am getting so connected with the land that lately i get thirsty when my plants do….yet my cycle cant manage to align with the moon. maybe i have some sort of femininity issues. ? ? anyways thanks for ur thoughts and advise. i will give the vitex a try. I love learning about new herbs and experimenting w them

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  • Emma October 6, 2013, 9:52 am

    Hi there Fran,
    Love your work. It is really great to have such a wealth of knowledge about treating acne holistically. I can recall being so disappointed when a dermatologist wanted to put me on Roaccutane- no thanks.

    According to recent research, Vitex works by increasing the activity of dopamine in the brain. This is a neurotransmitter that is involved in regulating some hormones released from the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is a organ in the brain that gets feedback from bothe the brain (in the form of neurotransmitter) and from body (via the blood in the form of circulating hormones). In relation to acne, dopamine acts at the pituitary on the master regulator of progesterone (luteinisng hormone) and causes an increase in circulating progesterone. It is also believed to slightly decrease oestrogen by acting on its regulating hormone, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).

    Your readers might like to know that Premular by Floridis (the vitex tabs you have in the pic) contain lactose. I am lactose intolerant and found this out the hard way. Lactose free formulas of vitex available in Australia are made by both MediHerb and Fusion. The first might be practioner only (I can’t remember) . The second one is found in most healthfood stores.

    Thanks again for your inspiring and holistic approach to acne ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Fran October 6, 2013, 2:22 pm

      Thank you for the extra information Emma ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Dora Ferreira October 5, 2013, 10:48 pm

    Great advice Fran! I too suffered from severe acne in my late teens and went on the strong pill Diane 35 to help with it. The pill worked like a dream but once I started studying natural therapies and realised that it really wasn’t great for my body and tried to get off it is when I encountered difficulties. I broke out even worse than before I was 29. After a few months of this I went back on the pill and stayed on it out of fear. It was only when I sought out the help of a naturopath and found your web site did things start to change for me. I started taking Premular (vitex) 4 months before coming off the pill and 3 weeks before I started a major detox. I did a parasite detox a kidney one and a liver one too! And a month before I came off the pill I started taking two tablets of estroblock a day. I finally came off the pill after 19 years and had NO breakouts. I was ecstatic! It has now been 3 months my period was back (perfect 28 day cycle) and my migraines that were a result of being on the pill for so many years ( my poor liver) have stopped and my skin is perfect! I really wanted to share my story to give other girls in the same situation hope. I searched high and low for help and it was your website and acne webinar plus my naturopath that gave me the advice and help that I needed to get off the pill forever and have clear skin so thank you! Dora

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    • Fran October 5, 2013, 11:20 pm

      It’s so nice to hear a great story like this Dora, thank you for sharing with us ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d actually love more women to know about your routine so they can also feel confident that they too can go off the pill without getting a breakout and with their cycle returning back to normal.

      If you would be open to perhaps being a feature of an article, I’d love to do a story about what you did – send me an email if that okay with you! x

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      • ana maria May 7, 2016, 7:08 pm

        Hi Fran!
        My name is Ana, I have high prolactin, almost 3 years ago took a medicine and I got brown marks on my face. I read vitex I good, im 33, and looking forward to get pregnant.

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        • Fran May 11, 2016, 3:08 pm

          Hi Ana maria, Please book in a consultation so that I can better help you.

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