Post # 1
I’m hoping to conceive April 2013. Although not officially diagnosed until age 25 with PCOS, I have had this problem since age 15 (16 years ago). From what I’ve researched, there are possibly two types (maybe more) of PCOS and I would fit the type 2: normal weight, regular periods on 35 day cycle (have not been on the pill for 2 years!!), normal hormone levels (tested twice in the past year and a half by my request).
I plan to use Vitex now which will give me a good 6 months before TTC. I plan to chart my cycles now and probably a couple of months leading up to April I will check basal temps and use ovulation predictor tests. I feel so weird saying all this b/c I can’t believe the work it will take to make this happen, I’m almost kind of emotionally withdrawn from what we’re about to embark on because we’ve never tried and I’m afraid of this being an uphill battle.
I would love to hear some succes stories to bring us all hope! If you have PCOS and were able to conceive while using Vitex, please share your story. What other vitamins did you take in conjunction with Vitex, if any? Also, what brand did you use? Thanks!
Post # 3
I used vitex, (Femaprin) a few years back, and i was finally able to control my PCOS symptoms (long anovulatory cycles followed by even longer periods). In maybe 2 months time, vitex had me on normal 28 day cycles, complete with ovulation. For whatever reason, I stopped taking it, and all my symptoms came back, along with weight gain. I started the vitex again a few weeks back, this time along with myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol to help with the insulin resistance alot of us “cysters” have, and i definetly felt like I o’ed last week, the first time since April. If I am not pregnant from this cycle, my SO and I will be trying Soy Isaflavones, which work similarily to clomid for ovulation by tricking your body into more estrogen, and more fsh and lh. Our plan is to continue the femaprin until CD1, take the SI’s until CD5, and then nothing but the Myo and DCI until we test for pregnancy. If we are not we will do a full cycle of Femaprin, no SI’s, and then try again the cycle after that. From what i’ve read, taking vitex after SI’s will nullify the SI’s, as vitex tries to regulate imbalanced hormones.
Post # 4
Just bought mine 2 days ago. I’ll let you know. Lol
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
I took Vitex for several months to try and regular my long cycles thanks to PCOS & to bring on ovulation. No luck for me. Metformin worked better, though I still have 60+ day cycles even with medication.
Post # 7
I’m about to start taking vitex along with myoinositol this coming cycle. I’m really hoping it will help me O naturally. So same as @LEwife543: said, i’ll let you know 🙂
Post # 8
@NaijaPuertoDorian: Have you found anywhere that has some good information about the Soy Isaflavones? I’ve never heard of them and am interested in doing some research.
Post # 9
http://www.twoweekwait.com/newsletter/2006-01 . That has some info on how SI’s work. Also, if you google “soy isaflavones ttc”, a lot of good forums will come up, like in-gender and soulcysters. 2 of the benefits of SI’s are that, unlike clomid, they don’t impair the growth of uterine lining, and they don’t contribute to lack of cervical fluid like clomid; on the contrary a lot of women see an increase in ewcm with SI’s. I can’t wait to try!! 🙂
Post # 10
@NaijaPuertoDorian: Thanks for that. I’d done the google thing just wanted to see if you had found anything really good.
Post # 11
@Ms Flamenco: I took Vitex to help with my irregular cycles, and in the second months on Vitex I got pregnant (after having tried unsuccessfully for 6 months before that)
I don’t have first hand experience about PCOS + Vitex, but I’ve read dozens and dozens of amazing success stories in German forums (taking Vitex is much more common and often recommended in Germany), including women with PCOS.
I’ve been carrying on about how amazing it is here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/amazing-tipp-that-might-help-you-get-that-bfp-pls-read-and-share
I’m totally convinced that Vitex is a great first step to try to help with all sorts of hormonal problems.
Post # 12
I started Fertilaid tonight. I am only going to take it twice/day and I’ve read several women have done instead of three/day– just don’t see that happening, unfortunately. My cycle has been off for the past two months which is so unusual b/c it’s usually right on time every month (two months ago it was 4 days late and I was very stressed at that time because I just started a new job and the month after that I had no cycle at all…this makes me sad b/c my periods have been normal for the past two years since getting off the pill). I have heard that Fertilaid can mess up your cycle but that ‘s a risk I’m willing to take since apparently my cycle is no longer regular. I’ve read great things about how Fertil aid gives you energy so I’m looking forward to that b/c I certainly need it. Any updates from anyone else?
Post # 13
Don’t let yourself feel down, before you’ve even started. There’s lots of girls with PCOS success stories out there. I have no experience with Vitex, but I conceived on Metformin / Acupuncture during 6 months of NTNT. I didn’t chart or anything, and didn’t expect BFP due to lack of menstruation.
Once you start TTC, you may want to look into acupuncture.