Vitex, or chasteberrry, is the fruit of the botanical tree Vitex agnus-castus, belonging to the Verbenaceae family and is reputed as having hormonal effects used for disorders of the female reproductive system. Vitex is also used to help with irregular periods, premenstrual symptoms. Vitex is available is several different dosage forms from capsules to liquid preparations. The Depo-Provara shot, generally used as a form of birth control, stops the menstrual cycle, and lasts for13 weeks. Vitex is a natural supplement that may help get you get back on a regular cycle and could take 6 months to a year before you reach the desired effectiveness.
Vitex can be purchased at natural health food grocery or at natural supplement retailers. According to eMedtv.com, some of the possible benefits associated with taking vitex are reduction in painful menstrual periods, irregular bleeding, frequent menstrual cycles, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), infertility, acne, headaches and increased breast milk supply. It may also relieve menopause symptoms.
The vitex dosage ranges from as low as 1.6 mg up to 1,800 mg daily. The usual dosage is 80mg. Vitex comes in capsule form; most patients take two to four capsules a day. To find the right dose for you, the dose may need to be adjusted. It might take 2 to 3 months for your body to adjust to the new dosage.
Follow the directions on the bottle or from your health care professional. Following the advice of your health care professional is important when taking vitex after you have received the Depo Provera shot because it may take three to four months or longer to achieve the results and to correct the irregularity in your menstrual cycle.
Tips & Warnings
- Before beginning any dietary supplement, it is recommended you follow the advice of a health care professional.