Vitex agnus castus also known as chaste tree or chaste berry is an herb that is commonly used in Europe to treat hormonal imbalances and menstrual pains. While this does not work for everyone, many women with PCOS – including me seem to have great success with it.
Before being diagnosed with PCOS I was on birth control for many years due to irregular periods and cysts. When I first started taking the pill I did gain some weight, however I was able to lose it quickly again. I had no other noticeable side effects until I went off the pill and it took my body over 3 years to start producing its own hormones again. The birth control only covers up PCOS symptoms and does not solve the actual root cause, which results in bigger issues long-term.
After many years of symptoms I was diagnosed with the polycystic ovarian syndrome. My blood tests showed elevated levels of oestrogen and LH (luteinizing hormone) in a combination with very low progesterone. My vaginal ultrasounds showed many cysts on both ovaries and I finally had an explanation for my irregular periods, acne, mood swings and infertility.
When I got rid of all plastic items in my house and every other product that contains toxic chemicals some people may have thought this was an extreme measurements. However suffering from an endocrine disrupting disease I am reminded every day on how harmful all these chemicals are. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere, in the air, in our food, in our water, in our household products and I am doing everything possible to eliminate these toxins from my life.