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HoneyWright Apr 17th, 2010 15:29 PM

Agnus Castus (Vitex) ladies - Lets see how successful it can be (2 BFP's so far!!)
 
Hi Ladies

I've seen quite a few threads about people using AC so I thought it might be nice for us all to get together and discuss the highs and lows and hopefully track all those BFP's!!!

Im Sarah and I have been TTC for 3 years with PCOS. Started AC last cycle but stopped taking it too early I think so giving it another try along with Macca.

Hope you will join me.
Sarah

BFP's

24th April - Billiejo First month of AC
20th May - Shelley

wanting2010 Apr 17th, 2010 15:39 PM

DH and I are wanting to start TTC this year and since my cycles are irregular I'm interested in starting to take Vitex to see if it will help regulate them. I've never been officially diagnosed but I suspect that I have PCOS and I've read great things about Vitex helping women with this. I have a question...what is a good brand of Vitex to take? I'm looking at the Nature's Way brand and was wondering if this would be good or if another brand is better. :)

Venusb Apr 17th, 2010 15:44 PM

Hi guys - can I join? Been on AC for just under a week now, prompted to use it because of my magical ovulation that has got longer and longer for 5 cycles after the pill and has now dissapeared completely! I also have PCOS and am also struggling with a mad thyroid that can't decide whether it's over active or under active!

Would be nice to have some company along the way xxx :hugs:

Selina10 Apr 17th, 2010 15:55 PM

Hi,
I came off the pill in December and my cycles are long so I'm thinking of starting AC so would like to know if it's any good. Did you buy it from a shop or off the Internet?xx

Venusb Apr 17th, 2010 15:58 PM

Hi Selina, I got mine from H&B but heard that it's not the best one as full of nasty extras? Not sure whether that's true or if it will work so will be watching thus thread with interest! X

Selina10 Apr 17th, 2010 16:05 PM

That's the one I was looking at h&b, the lady said it was good for regulating periods, as mine seems to take forever last one was 55 days this one is 40 so far!!xx

tommyg Apr 17th, 2010 16:15 PM

I have bought some from H&B too but so far I haven't used them as I have read reports that say it can make your cycles even longer. So I will be watching this thread with intrest.

amberdawn723 Apr 17th, 2010 16:19 PM

Hi ladies!:wave: I'm an Agnus Castus user. I take 1 pill a day which contains 225mg of Vitex agnus-castus, berry extract which has a guaranteed potency of at least .5% agnuside (which is the active component of Vitex) and 100mg of Vitex agnus-castus, berry. It is Solaray brand Vitex that I bought at my local Health Food Store for $14.09 for 60 capsules (No, I don't actually remember any of this stuff, I'm just looking at the bottle!:haha:) Also want to mention, I take it all through my cycle. I don't stop before ovulation or during my period. Some people recommend it and some don't. So I guess there really isn't a consensus on how to use it.

I've been using it since the end of Feb this year. So about a month and a half. It was successful at making a looong cycle end finally at 73 days and made my last cycle a regular length of 35 days:thumbup:...This cycle I'm still waiting on ovulation and praying the AC helps it come at a regular time. If I O again on cd 24, then I still have about 11 days or so til then.

lace&pearls Apr 17th, 2010 19:18 PM

Hiya, I have PCOS too, it's my first cycle off the pill and it's really really long! I'm on cd73 :dohh:... and recently bought some agnus castus tabs from h&b. To be honest I took them for a couple days but I have a bit of a sensitive stomach atm (probably IBS but getting it looked into) and I suspect they weren't helping :( so I've not taken them for the last couple days .. the ones I got reccommend 2 tablets twice a day..which seems a lot! do you think they would still be effective if I cut down to one a day?

Have any of you guys had any sife effects such as upset tummy?

CelticNiamh Apr 18th, 2010 01:52 AM

I was thinking of taking these, great to see a thread on it:flower:

dreamofabean Apr 18th, 2010 02:45 AM

I'm on my first month of using AC so will update if/when i see any affects!

HoneyWright Apr 18th, 2010 03:36 AM

Hello All great to 'meet' you!

I got mine from boots and I dont think the number of tablets is any problem as some have a smaller dose.

Last time I took 2 400mg tablets until I thought I have Ov'd then stopped and it left me with a 70 day cycle. Im quite sure I stopped to early and that was the cause of the problem, so this cycle i will be taking straight through to AF.

Ive also heard of some tablets which contain 1500mg but the recommended dose (according to one website) is 1200mg so I will actually be taking 3 tablets a day.

Good luck to everyone!!

Venusb Apr 18th, 2010 05:22 AM

I think I'm on 1600mg per day (2 tablets, 2 times a day) which is what it says on the H&B instructions. It's so lovely to be in contact with other PCOS/long cycle ladies as it can feel so lonely sometimes! :coffee:

I'm also trying to lose weight to help my long cycles but am finding it more difficult than I ever have in the past when I was on Dianette/Yasmin. Having the thyroid problem also isn't helping as at the mo I'm underactive and holding on to weight like a good un!

Lace & Pearls - I also have IBS and am not finding AC is affecting this at the mo but will keep you updated.

Is anyone else 'feeling' like something is happening but hasn't ovulated? I have strange cramps when I wake! :wacko: xxx

dreamofabean Apr 18th, 2010 08:05 AM

Ive had faint lines on opks but no positive. I've got a strange burning sensation in my tummy, like i normally get before AF! Very bizarre :(

HoneyWright Apr 18th, 2010 09:10 AM

last cycle i was feeling so different to normal, i was actually positive i was pregnant. I felt it was good to feel different, as it meant something should have been happening.

Venus I know what you mean about finding other people in the same situation. When I used to go on the cycle buddy thread I would have one cycle for every two of someone elses!!

Hope those faint OPK's get darker and darker

dreamofabean Apr 18th, 2010 09:34 AM

The lines have now disappeared! I'm really confused!! I know i havent missed the surge as ive been doing (ahem!) 3 tests a day!! :haha: I'm not sure what's going on!!

shellyhunny Apr 18th, 2010 10:56 AM

Hi all

I've just started this month with AC too as well as vit B6 to try to lengthen my LP. My cycle is usually 28 days but didn't know before I started using the CB opk that I don't O till CD19. Bummer. :dohh:

Hoping that the AC and B6 do the trick this month :flower:

HoneyWright Apr 18th, 2010 11:20 AM

dream, dont panic happened to me last month, keep testing :)

dreamofabean Apr 18th, 2010 11:23 AM

Thanks honey! I just worry too much i think!x

Archies Mummy Apr 18th, 2010 12:08 PM

I got my first bfp with AC, in the first month. Can't fault it in my opinion. Xx

dreamofabean Apr 18th, 2010 12:11 PM

Thanks hun!! I think im just too much of a worrier!x

Venusb Apr 19th, 2010 11:57 AM

Grrrr! Why do first response opks give me positives when I blatantly am nowhere near!

Guess they don't agree with me, nice after I have bought a pack of 30!!

:growlmad:

momtoaz Apr 19th, 2010 12:01 PM

Just wanted to pop in and say I took AC from CD6 to CD15 but was experiencing terrible headaches and stopped taking it. I can't say that short time that I did take it though did anything, because I'm CD21 and no O. It's damn frustrating that I haven't even O'd yet.

I'll be trying soy isoflavens (sp?) next cycle to help O earlier. So sick of this!

eiregirl Apr 19th, 2010 13:34 PM

hey ladies
id love to join this thread... i started taking AC about 10 days ago because my periods were irregular. i got them from holland and barrett and i take 2 tabs a day. the pack told me to take 4 a day but like LACE&PEARLS said it made my stomach upset and very bloated (not very attractive at all :P ) which is why i cut down. just waiting on the witch to arrive and hopefully i can have a normal period and start charting things properly.
xx xx

taytotayto Apr 19th, 2010 14:28 PM

hi girls. can i jump on. i was diagnosed with pcos about 4 years ago. had very very irregular periods. did lot so research and along with some other things i started taking AC. i was pregnant within 6 months. now have a beautiful baby girl who is 9 months. we are ttc again so im taking it again along with the other stuff and must admit af arrived this month for the first time in 4 months. i take holland and barrett 2 twice a day as i did last time. it seems to agree ok with me. was told H&B bulk it out with unnecessary stuff so might try another brand when the supply i have runs out.
i dont take macca so would like to know if it would help too.
i think AC is great and well worth a try. good luck to everyone :thumbup:

dreamofabean Apr 19th, 2010 14:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by taytotayto (Post 5093597)
hi girls. can i jump on. i was diagnosed with pcos about 4 years ago. had very very irregular periods. did lot so research and along with some other things i started taking AC. i was pregnant within 6 months. now have a beautiful baby girl who is 9 months. we are ttc again so im taking it again along with the other stuff and must admit af arrived this month for the first time in 4 months. i take holland and barrett 2 twice a day as i did last time. it seems to agree ok with me. was told H&B bulk it out with unnecessary stuff so might try another brand when the supply i have runs out.
i dont take macca so would like to know if it would help too.
i think AC is great and well worth a try. good luck to everyone :thumbup:

It's great to hear a success story! Thanks for sharing with us! Good luck with ttc #2 xx

HoneyWright Apr 19th, 2010 14:42 PM

thanks tayto, great to hear of other PCOS suffers who have lovely babies from taking AC!

Sazaroo Apr 19th, 2010 14:59 PM

Ooh - I wanna join! :)
Ive had reeeeally irregular cycles since coming off the pill so I have been taking AC for 12 days now. My tabs are 1000mg per tablet as it says to take 2.... so im taking more than everyone, do you think I should just take one instead? Still no af but definitely getting lots more cramping so somethings definitely going on!

xx

HoneyWright Apr 20th, 2010 14:10 PM

Welcome, I would do what the instructions say hun.

Im up to 1200mg a day now and started taking 1 tablet of macca and epo. Lets see who it goes!

HoneyWright Apr 21st, 2010 13:34 PM

How is anyone doing? Coming up for Ov or AF/BFP?

amberdawn723 Apr 21st, 2010 15:23 PM

Hi Honey! I think I'm coming up on O pretty soon. Started getting ewcm but still neg opks. Now it's time to start bd'ing! How's your cycle going?

HoneyWright Apr 21st, 2010 15:38 PM

whooohooooo, sounds positive hun. Keep doing the OPK's, ive brought a pack of 50!! Im on CD8 will start testing on day 15ish.

Do you know what I find strange is that my boobs hurt a little, and they hurt loads when I was expecting AF last cycle. When ive read about AC though it mentions how it helps reduce your boobs hurting, and then helps with BF. MMM strange.

taytotayto Apr 21st, 2010 15:39 PM

honey.... i am using the clear blue monitor and now on cd16 and still low. i know the last time i used it i used 20 sticks to get a high so im not too worried yet. anyway i bought some Asda ovulation kits and used one yesterday and today. got a really faint line both times. got really excited then today i got a bit suspicious that the clearblue is still low so i phoned the number on the pack for advice. was told that unless both lines match in colour its a negative. why they dont tell you that in the instructions i dont know. so im no where near ovulation.:nope: but im not giving up and ill keep testing. i just hope it happens. fingers crossed. good luck girls

Venusb Apr 21st, 2010 15:40 PM

Hi girls, just enjoying catching up with this thread and hearing about success stories! I'm still no where near ovulation and on cd 36:-(. Having no signs and neg opks still. Am not a happy bunny as this is now 7days later (minimum) than last month. This baby business is so difficult. Need a major cheer up I think!:nope:

HoneyWright Apr 21st, 2010 15:49 PM

sorry you are all waiting for Ov, im sure it will happen for all of us, may take a few months for AC to help.

Faint lines will turn into darker lines im sure. Yes the line needs to be the sme colour if not darker than the control line.

taytotayto Apr 21st, 2010 15:57 PM

im off to see a new consultant on tuesday afternoon. going to ask for metformin and might be cheeky and ask for clomid but i know ill get refused. has anyone thought about using soya its supposed to be the same a clomid and used in the same way. i looked into it but read you cant use it if you have a thyroid problem which i have. having said that im due to see my OTHER consultant on wed about that so im gonna ask him what he thinks and im also hoping he tells me im non toxic by now. (i was/am overactive but didnt lose andy weight)
honey have you been told they will give you clomid when your bmi is at 35? i was told that when i was trying for dd but i didnt need it in the end.

dreamofabean Apr 21st, 2010 15:59 PM

If anything my body is more confusing now than before ac! :(
I never picked up LH on opks before ov whereas now im on the 9th day of faint lines on opks but no negative! Grr!

amberdawn723 Apr 22nd, 2010 00:16 AM

Yay I have a + opk!
Here's the breakdown:
CD 17 8am- neg
CD 17 5:50pm- almost pos
CD 17 11:10pm- definitely pos!!
Sooo glad I tested more than once today. Looks like agnus castus has helped normalize my cycles thus far....went from a cycle of 73 days, to 35 days, to now 29 or 30 days (depending when I O, CD 18/19 + 11 day LP(if LP doesn't change from last cycle)).

Babydust to all the AC girls!!:dust::dust::dust:

HoneyWright Apr 22nd, 2010 02:28 AM

whooooohoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great news Amber, are you going to continue to test today? Get BDing hun, you will be our first BFP!!!!

shellyhunny Apr 22nd, 2010 03:24 AM

Grrrrrr! So far this cycle the meds haven't helped. AF is usually heavy, then light then spotting then gone. 4 days max. I'm now on day 6 of medium and feeling quite anaemic from it. I can't even take iron though as it effects the thyroxine uptake from my tablets. Whinge!


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