Pu­blished: 8. Fe­bruary 2022 | Up­dated: 25. Au­gust 2023 Author: Jo­hanna Kohnen | Re­viewed by Jo­hanna Kohnen

Chaste tree and fer­ti­lity: ef­fect, in­take, side ef­fects

No­wa­days, monk’s pepper is a po­pular re­medy that is often used by women to ful­fill their own de­sire to have children.

What does monk’s pepper do?

Monk’s pepper, like Bryo­phyllum for ex­ample, is a herbal me­di­cine. Monk’s pepper is often re­com­mended for ir­re­gular mens­trual cy­cles or se­vere mens­trual pain. Many women who struggle with pre­mens­trual syn­drome (PMS) and the ac­com­panying sym­ptoms can be helped with the me­di­cinal plant. Vitex Agnus Castus ex­tract helps with high pro­lactin le­vels and lo­wers them. Pro­lactin is a hor­mone that sti­mu­lates breast milk pro­duc­tion in the fe­male breast. If your doctor dia­gnosis that your pro­lactin le­vels are too high, this can be the cause of a shor­tened cycle and ir­re­gular ovu­la­tion. Monk’s pepper can stop this over­pro­duc­tion when taken re­gu­larly and over a longer pe­riod of time and have a po­si­tive ef­fect on the length of the cycle. [2]

Monk’s pepper can also help women with too little lu­teal hor­mone (pro­ges­te­rone), a fe­male sex hor­mone. The lu­teal hor­mone is pro­duced im­me­dia­tely after ovu­la­tion and is sup­posed to help prepare the li­ning of the uterus for a pos­sible pregnancy. If there is not en­ough of it, the fer­ti­lised egg cannot im­plant in the uterus. As a re­sult, the af­fected woman does not be­come pregnant. If the pro­lactin level drops due to the in­take of monk’s pepper, the pro­ges­te­rone level in­creases and the ba­lance bet­ween oes­trogen and pro­ges­te­rone is res­tored, which is im­pe­ra­tive for pregnancy. [3]

Women who are plan­ning to have children and are af­fected by the sym­ptoms above should contact an ex­perts of their choice for de­tailed and in­di­vi­dual ad­vice. In case of se­vere mens­trual pain, you should al­ways con­sult your doctor to rule out a di­sease such as en­do­me­triosis.

How is monk’s pepper taken?

As with many ho­me­opa­thic re­me­dies, monk’s pepper should al­ready have been taken for two to three months so that the plant can show its ef­fect. The hor­monal ba­lance should ad­just and re­gu­late. The ac­tive in­gre­dient of Agnus Castus can be bought in ta­blet form, as tea or as drops to take.

Does monk’s pepper have side ef­fects?

If you want to take monk’s pepper, you should con­sult your doctor be­fore­hand. He or she should check in ad­vance whe­ther there is a di­sease be­hind the cycle dis­order. He or she can also find out whe­ther you have an ele­vated pro­lactin level. With pro­fes­sional ad­vice, you can also find out whe­ther monk’s pepper could be a sui­table me­thod for you. If the issue is spe­ci­fi­cally re­lated to your de­sire to have chirldren, you can tell your doctor about it or contact a sui­table fer­ti­lity clinic.

Side ef­fects that may occur in­clude skin rash or di­ar­rhoea. You should also con­sider in­ter­ac­tions with other me­di­cines. [4]

In ad­di­tion to a ba­lanced diet, the ad­di­tional in­take of monk’s pepper in the ap­pro­priate do­sage can have a high ef­fect on cycle pro­blems and thus have a po­si­tive ef­fect on your de­sire to have children.

About Fer­tilly

At Fer­tilly, we have made it our mis­sion to ac­com­pany cou­ples (ho­mo­se­xual and he­te­ro­se­xual) and sin­gles on the way to ful­fil­ling their child wish. In doing so, it is im­portant to us to create trans­pa­rency in the area of fer­ti­lity ser­vices, to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and know­ledge on the to­pics of pregnancy and fer­ti­lity and to help you to find the most sui­table Fer­ti­lity Center. Th­rough co­ope­ra­tion with first-class Fer­ti­lity Cen­tres and cli­nics in Eu­rope, en­qui­ries about Fer­tilly are given pre­fe­ren­tial tre­at­ment. This means that our pa­ti­ents avoid the usually long wai­ting times and get ap­point­ments more quickly.

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1. Stange, Rainer; Kraft, Karin (2009): Lehr­buch Na­tur­heil­ver­fahren, Ge­org­Thieme Verlag, S. 605
2. Mönchspfeffer.info – Un­anb­hä­niger Rat­geber rund um Mönchs­pfeffer (Vitex Agnus Castus) (2018): Kin­der­wunsch & Schwan­ger­schaft mit Mönchs­pfeffer: Es funk­tio­niert. https://www.moenchspfeffer.info/kinderwunsch-schwangerschaft.html
3. MedUni (2019): Kin­der­wunsch? Warum es nicht immer auf An­hieb klappt! https://www.meduni.com/kinderwunsch-warum-es-nicht-immer-auf-anhieb-klappt/
4. Nor­bert M. Bo­ren­gässer: Agnus castus – Ein Kraut für alle Fälle. In: F. S. Char­tulae, W. Speyer(Hrsg.): JbAC. Erg.-Band 28. Münster1998, S. 4–13 (mit Lit.).