Infertility has become increasingly common as women over 30 seek to have children. One natural medicine approach to infertility includes using a botanical medicine called Vitex agnus castus. Vitex, commonly known as chaste tree berry, has a long history of use in women’s health. It has traditionally been used to treat a variety of conditions resulting from hormonal imbalance, including infertility, menstrual disorders and PMS.
Student researchers at Helfgott are conducting a study that investigates the use of Vitex to improve female fertility. In this study, women take Vitex or placebo for six months. Investigators will study the safety and effectiveness of the herb, its effects on hormone regulation and stress levels, and whether a woman successfully conceives and carries a pregnancy to term. If Vitex improves female fertility, it may provide a holistic and much less expensive approach to conception than in-vitro fertilization.