Vitex for PCOS – Is it the right herb for PCOS?

Are you someone experiencing PCOS and wondering
if Vitex is the right herb for you? We’re going to cover how Vitex works for PCOS,
if it’s beneficial and where it falls short. So we work with thousands of couples. We’ve been helping couples for over 12 years
on their fertility journeys and we work with PCOS we work with PCOS a lot because PCOS
is one of the main causes of infertility and fertility issues. So one of the main questions we get when it
comes to PCOS and using herbs is Vitex. Is Vitex good for PCOS? Is this something beneficial for people to
look into? So in this video, I’m going to cover a lot
of questions that we get about PCOS and Vitex so that you can understand and make a better
decision if this herb is right for you. So let’s go ahead and jump right in. So is it beneficial for PCOS? Yes and no. So Vitex is wonderful for PCOS because it
has a lot of functions that someone experiencing PCOS is going to benefit from. Vitex helps us support a healthy hormonal
feedback loop. What does that mean? The pituitary gland is the gland that sends
signals to the body to release hormones at specific times, so specific actions happen
in the body. Vitex helps to support that gland and helps
support that function. Someone experiencing PCOS would greatly benefit
from that. Also, Vitex helps you increase progesterone
production. That’s something someone with PCOS could benefit
from as well because they have chronically low progesterone issues. Another thing is that PCOS has little to no
side effects. There are a couple things that we have experienced. For instance, if someone has depression, it
could exasperate that, but don’t worry about that. There’s other herbs that you could use or
you could use it in a blend because lower doses we found does not have that same effect. So does it work for a PCOS in short? Yes, but it’s not the only thing. I wouldn’t say, “Oh, you have PCOS, Vitex,
that’s it. That’s all you need.” There’s a lot of different factors to PCOS
and Vitex can be very supportive of some of those factors, but dietary changes need to
be first and foremost. I have a whole video explaining why and what
steps to take and what a PCOS diet looks like for fertility. So you can go ahead and click here and watch
that video. But let’s dive into how PCOS affects infertility
and your fertility and reproductive health so you can better understand this and see
how Vitex fits into that picture. So first, PCOS is caused by a lot of different
things, a lot of cascade of events happening in the body. Somebody who’s experiencing PCOS generally
is not ovulating. They have chronically low progesterone levels,
they have high androgen levels and so on. There’s a lot of different things that are
happening. This is all stemming from insulin resistance. So insulin resistance is when the body’s releasing
insulin and there is no response happening within the body so more insulin is released. In turn, this is causing inflammation within
the body. This inflammation is increasing androgen and
testosterone production. It’s causing health issues and it’s also increasing
FSH levels, which are causing follicles to not mature and release a healthy egg or even
release an egg. So ovulation is not occurring, and then progesterone
is not being secreted. So there’s a cascade of events happening because
of this insulin resistance. So when you’re looking at PCOS, you want to
make sure that you have a plan and you have daily action towards increasing your insulin
sensitivity, and that is going to be best done through diet. Most successfully is managing it through diet
on a daily basis. Again, I’ll put the link below to the video
so you can learn how to do all of that. Also, the statistics show that women who have
PCOS have higher rate of miscarriage because of the chronically low progesterone. So these are some factors that Vitex can be
supportive of as well as some other herbs that we’re actually going to cover in this
video. So when you’re looking at PCOS, you want to
address all of the factors. You want to improve insulin sensitivity. I have a whole video about insulin resistance
and what you can do about it here. I’ll also link the video below. You want to reduce your inflammation, you
want to balance your hormones, you want to increase your progesterone production and
reduce your androgen and testosterone production. You want your follicles to mature and to release
an egg and ovulate and you also want to be eating a healthy diet that’s managing all
of this and helping the root cause as well as including herbs. So let’s jump right to the herbs. And the first of course we’ve been talking
about is Vitex. So this does fit into the PCOS picture wonderfully
because it’s going to help to encourage ovulation. It’s going to increase luteinizing hormone,
which is going to help the maturation of the follicles. It’s going to decrease FSH, which tends to
be high in those experiencing PCOS. It’s also going to help with progesterone
production, but it’s not going to do that if you don’t have that insulin resistance
under control. Another herb that is really helpful for those
experiencing PCOS that I love to use together, all of these together that I’ll be listing
is Saw Palmetto. Saw Palmetto is going to help with excess
androgens and excess testosterone in the body and also the side effects like unwanted body
hair that’s caused from that, so Saw Palmetto is fantastic for that. Another herb’s going be white peony root. This is an herb that’s very supportive. It’s a tonic herb that helps with progesterone
production. It helps lower testosterone. It helps to balance estrogen. Not all estrogen is bad. We want it balanced. We don’t want it gone, but overall, this herb
is great for hormonal support and balancing in the bigger picture. Dong Quai is another herb I love to use in
this combination because it helps to increase circulation to the reproductive system. When you have follicles that aren’t maturing
and you’re continuously getting what are considered cysts, they’re not true cysts, but it’s an
egg that is not being ovulated, that’s not maturing and being released, you’re kind of
having a stagnant condition and stagnant situation. So I like to use Dong Quai to help increase
circulation to the reproductive system, which is going to benefit these hormonal factors
and these messages coming from the pituitary gland. Also Schisandra is another adaptogenic herb. This is great for helping to support a healthy
insulin response. So this is going to help to normalize that. Also aiding the body in detoxification, which
helps to get rid of excess hormones. And then we have licorice. Licorice is wonderful for helping to balance
hormones, helping with blood sugar balancing. And it also is going to help with normal hormonal
support. So a lot of these herbs, these are all tonic
herbs that are helping the hormonal system and the reproductive system as a whole. So when it comes to PCOS, there’s so many
different factors at play that you have to approach it from a lot of different angles. So yes, Vitex is beneficial, but I like to
use it in a blend with these other herbs. You can find out more about that blend below. In addition to this, there are some supplements
that you might want to do some more research on. DIM has worked very well for us as it’s helping
to decrease excess estrogens. We always make sure everyone knows about using
a multivitamin or prenatal because we want that folate or that folic acid and a lot of
other nutrients in place for pregnancy. Also having an essential fatty acid that’s
high in Omega-3, this is going to help reduce the inflammation we talked about before as
well as provide nutrients that are going to help to produce hormones within the body. And then myo-inositol, this is such a fantastic
supplement. I’m going to be going into more depth in another
video about this, but this helps to increase egg health. This is going to help to increase the insulin
sensitivity in the body so that your body’s actually reacting to that insulin and not
releasing more. And that’s going to help support that whole
cycle so that you have a healthy insulin response and we’re not causing the inflammation and
that whole cycle to begin. And through all of that, it’s going to help
to support ovulation. So that’s my long short story about Vitex
and PCOS and my opinion on it. I think it’s fantastic, but it’s not the only
herb and not the only thing that needs to be in the picture. So if you want to learn more about the foundational
steps to take for fertility, I have a free course that you can sign up for. It’s right below. We go over diet, foundational supplements,
foundational herbs, foundational mind body therapies. These are all going to be beneficial for those
of you experiencing PCOS. You can sign up for the course below. If you like this video, please let me know
by liking it and also leave in the comments. What’s been your experience with the Vitex
and PCOS? What other herbs have you tried for PCOS? How is PCOS affecting your fertility? I’d love to start a conversation and see how
everything’s going for you and we’ll talk again soon.

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