Posts Tagged ‘Vitex’

All normal – apparently.

After my D & C it took a couple of cycles to get back to ‘normal’ again.  Although I never quite felt I achieved this as my periods were a lot lighter than before.  At one stage they were down to a single day of  loss whereas previously I had always been a 3 day + 2 of spotting gal.  

I kept the faith – at this stage I had no reason not to – and we did timed intercourse for about 6 months.  I decided to be proactive and saw a Natropath who put me on various supplements to increase cervical mucous and circulation to the Uterus.  I took Zinc, Vitamin E, Evening Primrose Oil, a good Pre-Natal, some Chinese herbs and Vitex.  I had already tried Vitex and was taking 300mg a day all cycle.  She said that I needed to take a better quality, a higher dose and at a different time.  By looking at my charts she was aiming for a greater thermal shift, lower follicular phase temps and a steadier luteal phase.  My Vitex dose was changed to 1000mg from Ovulation to flow.  My cervical mucous (of the egg-white variety :)) increased markedly with her supplements and the change in my charts was immediate.

A chart before the Natropath

and a chart afterwards



I still felt something wasn’t right so I booked an appointment with my Ob/Gyn who also dabbles in fertility.  He did a tracking cycle on me where the measure hormones such as FSH, LH and Estrogen at various stages of your cycle.  He also did an initial ultrasound, at which he commented that my lining was thin.  All my results came back as normal.  Hubby’s sperm was great and we had a good post-coital result.  My FSH was 6, so pretty good.  My Dr then referred me to a Fertility Specialist but was very optomistic.  

I queried my lining and he said another D & C may be needed and referred to ‘uterine estrogen receptors’.  My further research leads me to believe I may have Ashermans syndrome which is under diagnosed and more likely with a D & C after 12 weeks of pregnancy.  This is something I still haven’t resolved.