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May 28th, 2013, 09:55 AM
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I'd like to try Vitex to see if it can help bring on my period. I really, really don't want to start Provera and would rather try natural remedies first.

Does anyone have experience with it? Any success stories?

7 weeks out and still no period...
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May 28th, 2013, 10:44 AM
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That's a long time... I don't have any experience with it... I will be interested to see what other's experience and opinions are on Vitex.

Hope your AF comes soon. I guess it would be worth a shot?
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May 28th, 2013, 10:55 AM
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I've not heard that Vitex can bring on AF, but if you read that, definitely feel free to use it. GL and KUP!
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May 28th, 2013, 11:17 AM
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I also don't have any experience with this, my one really long cycle (55 days) I just waited it out but I was starting to get pretty antsy. Have you asked your doctor about it - do you know if this is common after an IUD removal?
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May 28th, 2013, 11:57 AM
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It can be common, yes. When I had my appt, he said I should get it within 6-8 weeks, and if I didn't, I should call to make an appointment so that they could "jump start it." But when I talked to a nurse there late last week, she made it sound as if I wasn't giving it enough time.
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May 28th, 2013, 04:41 PM
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I've done vitex, but not to bring on AF. It made me O really early, and did result in a pregnancy, but I ended up with a miscarriage.

I drank fertilitea. 1 cup per day. You can do up to 3 per day. I have no idea what it would do at this point in your cycle. I would NOT want to get pregnant off an eggie that was ovulated this late in the game.
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May 28th, 2013, 06:15 PM
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I thought I had read vitex was used for ovulation. Provera is a fine medication. It's nothing that your body doesn't normally make. It's just progesterone in an oil in a gel pill. Feel free to get pushy with your nurse. You've waited a long time.
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I thought I had read vitex was used for ovulation. Provera is a fine medication. It's nothing that your body doesn't normally make. It's just progesterone in an oil in a gel pill. Feel free to get pushy with your nurse. You've waited a long time.
Ditto this. Also, that nurse doesn't know what she's talking about, 8 weeks is plenty long enough to wait for AF, and you were told to make an appointment if you didn't get it after 6 to 8 weeks. It really ticks me off when nurses or receptionists contradict the DOCTOR'S instructions.
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May 29th, 2013, 05:37 AM
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I replied to your PM the other day giving more detail but I also support Provera. I'm actually reluctant to try vitex because it affects different people in differently ways. If you want an alternative to provera maybe you could try natural USP progesterone cream, it can be ordered from Amazon. I've never tried it but there is plenty of information available around the Web of how it brings on cycles.
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May 29th, 2013, 09:35 AM
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Make an appointment with a different reason

I'd so be willing to try vitex again if I didn't have to drink tea lol. The pill form is way too strong for me.
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May 29th, 2013, 11:30 AM
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I'm due for an annual appointment in July, but drs typically go on vacation there in July/August so getting an appt can be hairy.

Maybe I'll use that as my guise. I need to get in now because July is too crazy for me and my doctor will be gone on vacation.

I'm thinking of NOT taking the Vitex and just returning it. I also worry about not doing it correctly, not taking correct dosage, having side effects, etc.

My main worry with all of this Provera stuff is: Will the hormones further complicate my body trying to figure itself out?
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May 29th, 2013, 11:36 AM
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I'm sorry. I don't have any experience with it. I hope that some of the other ladies are able to give you the answers you need.
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I have used Vitex to help regulate cycles and it seems to work well for me. Before Vitex my cycles were a little irregular, and my period was heavy and long with horrible cramps. With the Vitex my cycles are like clockwork, cramps are almost gone, and AF is more like 8- days long instead of 15. It is worth a shot! I take the FertilAid vitamins that contain Vitex (ordered from Amazon).
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Provera is kinda like a reset/ do-over button for most ladies. It ends the current cycle, brings on AF, and lets you start from scratch. At that point, some doctors will get you to wait and see (right Sam?) and others will start processes right away.

if you fall into the "wait and see" doctor category, you could try vitex. Start small in your dose and go from there. unlike something like Soy (which works like clomid in most women), you take vitex for most of your cycle. I can't remember what I was taking it as.. Melissa (KMH) takes hers in a vitamin form.. so I'm thinking she takes it cycle round. I wasn't taking it during AF.. but I think I was taking it for the rest of the cycle.
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May 29th, 2013, 01:24 PM
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Yep, I take mine every day.
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I've had provera twice. Both times it worked to bring on AF. I highly recommend it. There is something exciting about knowing that you are starting a new cycle that has potential instead of being on hold in a failure cycle.
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May 31st, 2013, 12:23 PM
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I might have to try this doll! I am still waiting on AF...I might just call my doc and see if she can squeeze me in on Monday. Maybe she will have an answer or tell me to wait it out...
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June 14th, 2013, 11:36 PM
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Keeping in mind that everyone's cycle issues are different, I used Vitex and unexpectedly got pregnant. I had read about it when I was trying to conceive my son but, never really took it. I just turned 38 and was having weird cycles, and signs that I might be lower on progesterone so as a fluke I started taking Vitex just to regulate myself and see if it would help balance me out. I started having more regular cycles and then ended up with a surprise baby a couple of months later. It definitely works if you have a hormone imbalance like I did.
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June 15th, 2013, 07:58 PM
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Thank you very much for your thoughts, Melanie. I just started taking it on Wednesday. 400mg, 3x a day.

It could be totally unrelated, but today is the first day I've noticed anything (well, and last night). I've had EWCM again, and some cramping.

I hope my situation turns out like yours!

Did you have any side effects?
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July 9th, 2013, 03:06 PM
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Sorry, I didn't see this until now. I didn't have any real side effects that I remember. I know there can be some though. You can feel your hormones "shift" if that makes sense. Your cycles definitely start to align better and like you said, you may see your EWCM because you start ovulating again.
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