Post # 1
I have read up on Evening Primrose Oil and Vitex helping with regulations of hormones and increasing Fertile CM.
Have any of you bees tried them, how was it?
Has anyone recommended taking these and why?
I thought having my last round of clomid (last month) that I would try supplements while we continue TTC without further medical assistance. I know you should not take them while on medication for hormones. So I have waited and thought this month why not.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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.
Post # 6
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
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
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
Another thign to look into is acutal supplements rather than herbs such as melatonin and myo-inositol.
Post # 10
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
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.