The Dos and Don’ts of Vitex for Period Problems

Vitex or chastetree for period problems.Vitex (also called chaste tree or chasteberry) is a herbal medicine prepared from the berries of the Mediterranean tree Vitex agnus-castus. In ancient times, it was used to suppress the libido of monks, hence the name. Fortunately, it does not have that effect on women.

Vitex is effective medicine for breast pain, irregular periods, premenstrual mood symptoms, and some types of acne.

The Downside to Contraceptive Injections and Implants

woman with contraceptive implant

The progestins of contraceptive injections and implants can cause depression, weight gain, and irregular menstrual bleeding. 

Side effects occur because: 1) progestins are not progesterone, and 2) progestins at that dose can suppress ovulation and cause anovulatory bleeding.  Keep reading to learn the difference between a real period, an anovulatory bleed, and a pill-bleed.

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