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9/25/11 4:41 A

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A late update, but still:
I tried vitex again this month, this time 2 capsules/day.

AF started yesterday. First it was 2 days late. Then it is completely pain free. So that's good. But also it's heavier than ever before. So I think I'm done with vitex. I don't know what it did, but I didn't get pregnant on it this time either.

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5/29/11 2:13 A

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I'm heading towards the end of my first month on Vitex and taking 1 capsule a day too. I'm thinking of upping my dosage to 2 capsules a day...probably starting next week.

I found that it really helped my PMS symptoms on my last cycle. My mood swings were a lot less traumatic for those around me...and emotionally I felt a lot more even. I resent the fact that I'm actually having yet another period...instead of happily missing it due to pregnancy...so Vitex has really been helping keep my mood "level" during those 3-5 days of angry/sad moods.

Now if the weather would cooperate and let it be the infamous "Sunny California" here...I'd be a lot happier too.

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5/10/11 3:06 P

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I'm taking vitex right now! I have been taking it for about a month now.

Although I am taking it to *hopefully* increase my low fertility. Trying since October and going nowhere. So far it hasn't helped with that either. But I did a bit of research for it online, and from what I could find Vitex seems to clear acne, help regulate cycles (mine are all between 28 to 33 days) and help balance moodswings.
It all sounds good to me, so I'm giving it a try. Maybe I should upper the dose, I am taking one capsule a day right now.

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5/10/11 11:56 A

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Claudia~

Thank you for the link to the endo association...Love all the info that's on there.

I'm so thankful that currently the supplements can help with my pain...I'm dreading the day when I have to go beyond the supplements for pain control. This dread also keeps me motivated to work out 4-5x week and eat healthier.

I used to use the pain as an excuse for not exercising...but after having laproscopy in January of last year that excuse went away. I started playing indoor soccer and running again. Now I do a mixture of indoor soccer, running, and bootcamp workouts each week. I'm trying to fit some yoga in too. I find that when I do have the pain beyond "normal" that the exercise does help with relieving the cramping.

I had a hard time motivating myself to go to a 5:30am workout 3-4x week...and I found a saying: "Don't make excuses NOT to exercise...make excuses for why you need to exercise". This helps me a lot at 4:45am when the alarm goes off.

I wish you so much luck with your weight loss and pain control. Thank you for sharing your experience...it's very helpful!!


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5/10/11 10:26 A

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I got diagnosed with endo in 2001, 7 years after my symptoms appeared. I gotta say, I'm open to taking supplements and herbs, but in my case they have not been enough to handle my pain. I also take a non-narcotic prescription painkiller called Toradol, which makes me sleepy and has some side effects but works. I will never take Lurpon though - hear too many scary stories about that.

I belong to the yahoo group EndoNatural, where people post about natural ways to treat endo, including diet changes. Two years ago I did a very hardcore attempt at the Endo Diet to see if my pain levels would reduce, and unfortunately, that was not the answer for me (it's worked for others though).

I really like the endo books put out by the Endometriosis Association. I am a member there and think they are great advocates and information sources. http://www.endometriosisassn.org/cart_book
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Good luck! I've found it so challenging to lose weight with endo pain, but as I look around on peoples pages, more often than not, people are overcoming some pretty serious things, so that makes me feel like I can too. I need to stop making excuses!

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5/10/11 12:06 A

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Hi Claudia!

Thank you for the input on Vitex. I'll give it another couple of months...it's been dealing with the pain pretty good so far.

I was looking online for a less expensive place to buy Vitex and it was on one of those websites that it warned against using Vitex for endo. Honestly, I don't think the website was very reliable.

My next try will be Evening Primrose. And maybe even the cramp bark...which I hadn't heard about yet.

I also drink a tea called Female Toner by Traditional Medicinals. It can be hard to find...but I can usually find it at a Whole Foods or a Natural type grocery store.

How long have you been dealing with endo? It's been 2 years of knowing what was wrong and probably close to 5-6 years of being told to take more Midol. Looking back, I see that many of the symptoms for endo were definitely there but I had no clue about this condition and knew no one that knew about it.

Thanks for the suggestions...I will keep posting how things go.

Cheers to being pain free!


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5/9/11 2:58 P

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Hi there, I'm new to this board. I've been taking Vitex for a number of months and haven't noticed a difference in pain or mood yet. A naturopathic doctor told me to take 2 capsules per day to balance hormones and reduce PMS and pain. You need to take it a long time before a change happens, so I hear. One bottle is $16 and only lasts me a month - expensive! If I don't notice a change soon, I may stop taking it and save my pennies. Overall, I've heard good things about Vitex for people with endo though. Some people take it as a tincture (drops of liquid under the tongue), but I take it in pill form.

Why did the thing you read say people with endo shouldn't take it?

Other supplements that may be useful for people with endo:
Turmeric (this is a spice which is also an anti-inflammatory/pain reducer, sold also as pills)
Evening Primrose Oil
Fish Oil
Flax Seed Oil
Probiotics (helps digestion and intestinal flora, prevents yeast infections)
Cramp bark (I make this into a tea, which reduces pain)

Some things I've heard are useful but which I've never tried are Maca and Aloe Vera.
Good luck to you!


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5/6/11 11:07 P

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Hi Everyone!

I've been using Vitex (Chasteberry) supplement for a couple of months to help balance my hormones during my cycle and it seems to be help significantly with the pain. However, I stopped using it last month when I read on a herbal supplement site that you shouldn't use it if you have Endo. I've looked at a lot of other websites and haven't seen the same warning but now I'm a little paranoid. Has anyone been using or tried Vitex??

What supplements are you using??...I'm desperately trying to find something before next week!!!

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