(Closed) Evening Primrose and Vitex – have you tried them? What was the effect?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
  • poll: Evening Primrose Oil and Vitex
    Tried one or both and saw no change. Don't think they helped at all : (3 votes)
    27 %
    would recommend Evening Primrose from CD 1 to CD 12 and it increased CM noticably : (4 votes)
    36 %
    would recommend Vitex and noticed a difference : (2 votes)
    18 %
    Took Vitex and then got my BFP : (1 votes)
    9 %
    Took Evening Primrose and got my BFP : (1 votes)
    9 %
    have not tried either : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
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    Worker bee

    I have tried Vitex. It is supposed to thicken the lining of the uterus and for that I think it worked really well – I had the most crazy monthly floods. Unfortunately, later it was discovered that I have hydrosalpinx so it’s not surprising that I did not conceive. Women with endometriosis should be careful when using this potent herbal supplement.

    Post # 3
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    656 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I used vitex and it worked for me the first month. Previously I have gotten pregnant twice with clomid. 

    Also, I’m not sure about what pp said about endometriosis, I have stage 4 endo (although I have had a lap to clear it out before the first of my pregnancies). 

    Post # 4
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    231 posts
    Helper bee

    I used vitex for 4-5 cycles and nothing. I was trying to boost ovulation to help a short luteal phase (but it now turns out I’m hypothyroid and that’s likely (hopefully?) the cause of my luteal progesterone issues). I just stopped using it after listening to an episode of the “beat infertility” podcast where the RE being interviewed said that she sees a lot of patients who have used vitex come in and have their ovaries covered in cysts, and needing to take a couple months off to let everything calm down. Not sure how much they were using obviously but it made me leery.  

    Post # 5
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    337 posts
    Helper bee

    Abut 2 yrs ago when I was actively ttc I tried evening primrose oil. The reason I took it was to help increase cm. Figured it couldn’t hurt… It delayed my period for a week!! Which in turn meant that it had delayed my ovulation for a week. My cycles had been like clockwork up until then. So needless to say after trying it that one month I never touched it agsin. After it happened to me, I decided to Google to find out if it had the same effect on other women and sure enough – tons of instances popped up where women were complaining about the same thing happening to them.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by  beatlesluvr.
    Post # 6
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    65 posts
    Worker bee

    LAZB:  Since endometriosis tissue is similar to uterine lining, Vitex can aggaravate the condition by making lesions bigger. And no endo is equal – there are women with stage 2 that cannot conceive naturally and there are women with stage 4 that have 2-3 healthy pregnancies. Not all are the same. 

    mcmillan0529:  What you said about cysts is scary and def. shows how powerful this herb is. 

    I am sure though there are many women with positive experiences and my sister is one of them. She succesfully got her periods back when coming off from hormonal BC. 

    Post # 7
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    1308 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    The month I started using EPO, I got my BFP (which ended up being a chemical), but I use it to help increase my CM, and it definitely does that. Also, I ovulated when I normally do that cycle–so no delays for me.

    Post # 8
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    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I used EPO for my last two cycles (I just got a BFP last week) and absolutely saw a huge CM increase. I added in acupuncture this last cycle and I think that is REALLY what made a difference for us!

    Post # 9
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    14965 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Another thign to look into is acutal supplements rather than herbs such as melatonin and myo-inositol.

    Post # 10
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    676 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    bloomingflower:  I started taking Vitex to lengthen my LP, I don’t think it helped at all. I took it for 5 months, Sept 2015-Jan 2016. I was also taking Vitamin B6 and B complex. None of them helped me.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I bought both in the last couple of monthes of TTC, and I honestly can’t say if they made a difference or not. I was more apt to take the Evening Primrose than the Vitex, as I never took as many pills as it said you should. I maybe took 1 a day.

    But, I did start using Robitussin starting the day after AF was done until I knew I had O’s to increase my EWCM. And, it did that.

    Whatever I did the last month of TTC worked, cos we got pregnant. We also had been using PreSeed.

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