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Shatavari: Fertility Herb from India

Shatavari: Fertility Herb from India

Shatavari FertilityShatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a species of asparagus grown throughout India, traditionally used in Ayurveda. The name is translated as “she who possesses a hundred husbands”. This may be because this plant has been used traditionally for hundreds to thousands of years as a general female reproductive tonic and hormonal balancer by Ayurvedic healers.

A Brief History of Ayurveda

Ayurveda has evolved over 5,000 years, with its beginnings in the Himalayas. Around 800 BC, the first Ayurvedic school was established by a man named Punarvasu Atreya. He and his students recorded their medical knowledge. These writings inspired a scholar named Charaka a hundred years later to write Charaka Samhita, which details over 1,500 plant species and identifies 700 medicinal plant species. Traditional Ayurvedic practitioners still use this book as a reference guide. Charaka’s second work entitled Susruta Samhita was the basis for modern surgery. Traditional Chinese, Tibetan and Islamic medicine have their roots in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is one of the oldest modalities of traditional medical practices.

What is Shatavari?

Shatavari is a plant with a woody stem that sends runners out, has needle-like leaves, with small white flowers. If you look closely at the buds before they bloom, they look like very thin asparagus, just like their larger relatives that some of us love to eat here in the States.

Shatavari has shown many fertility benefits for both men and women. It has adaptogenic, immunomodulator, diuretic, sexual tonic, galactagogue (promote breastmilk flow), demulcent, antibacterial, digestive, and antioxidant actions.

This plant has been shown to improve overall fertility with no toxic side effects reported with long term use. Steroidal sapponins called Shatavarins may be responsible for the hormone like effect Shatavari has on reproductive system.

How Shatavari May Help With Fertility

Adaptogenic Actions Support Overall Stress Support
This plant has shown to protect the body from stressors. It combines well with Tribulus terrestris another herb shown to be beneficial for fertility. Very helpful for women with stress-induced fertility issues. Because of its adaptogenic actions it has been used by men and women to support healthy fertility.

Immune Related Fertility Issues
Shatavari may be very helpful with women who have stress-related or immune-mediated fertility issues. Autoimmune fertility issues may be helped by proper immunological function supported by Shatavari.

In one study, the herb Shatavari (Aspargus racemosus) was shown to increase phagocytic activity of macrophages, in turn reducing intraperitoneal adhesions. These are adhesions within the abdomen specifically. Macrophages have been shown to play a role in adhesion development. (Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, the official publication of the Staff Society of Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M. Hospital, Mumbai, India) But this is just one study; if Shatavari can increase phagocytic activity of the macrophages there is hope for it in reducing adhesions in the entire body. This may be great news for women suffering from adhesion damage causing fertility issues such as endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, damage from c-section, and ovarian cysts.

Supports Mucous Membranes
Herbs that have a demulcent action contain mucilage. Mucilage lines the mucous membranes and acts as a protector and tonic for those membranes. Shatavari contains mucilage; this may be helpful for women with low Cervical Mucus.

Threatened Miscarriage
In cases where the uterus is contracting due to oxytocin release the saponin rich Shatavari has shown to have an anti-oxytocin effect that may help the uterine contractions to subside. Please talk to a skilled Ayurvedic practitioner or Naturopathic Doctor about the use of Shatavari for threatened miscarriage.

Menstrual Cycle Regulator
Shatavari’s main constituents are steroidal saponins, suggesting its use as an estrogen regulator; the estrogen modulating in turn may contribute to menstrual cycle regulation.

A galactagogue is an herb that helps to increase breast milk production. Some studies show that Shatavari may increase a mother’s milk supply. This herb has shown signs of contributing to prolactin production so women with the endocrine disorder hyperprolactinemia, or high prolactin levels, should use caution with this herb.

Reduces Fluid Retention
This herb has shown to greatly help with fluid retention and may be helpful for PMS-related fluid retention, helping the body to eliminate excess fluid build-up.

Traditional Daily Dosage

A traditional suggested dosage amount would be 4.5 to 8.5 mL of dried plant extract or 1,000 – 2,000mg a day. This herb is commonly sold in capsule form as well. It is important to be mindful of potential risk for heavy metal contamination when purchasing herbs from India.

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Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    Is it normal that after taken shatavari I eperience a lot of energy/movement in my reproductive organs ? (Little disconfort)
    How long can I take it for absent period ?
    Can I take shatavari and vitex at the same time ?

    • Dear Jenny,

      My own experience with Shatavari is that it is potent and rather fast acting. Often an increase in cervical mucous or mucous in general (even nasal) is noticeable with in a few days to weeks of beginning its use. Some women report increased libido and more overall energy in the reproductive system too.

      Shatavari should not cause great discomfort or pain. Shatavari can be taken with Vitex. This is fine!

      As far as how long they can be taken, general suggested use is at least 3 months, but often as many as 6 months to a year. It all depends on the results you see and how quickly, and of course if you conceive while taking them.

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    Hi, i’m trying to find a herb which will increase my estrogen level as i heard it’ll help with my excessive hair problems as a woman.Will this herb Shatavari work or not?

    • Dear Imi,

      Shatavari is known for its ability to help the body balance estrogen levels. It may offer support, but I can not know if it alone will work for you or not. I don’t know enough about you.

      Excessive hair growth, often male-patterned hair growth, in women is often due to an excess of male hormones called androgens. If this is the case for you, consider also learning more about Saw Palmetto. We know herbs to be most effective when diet and lifestyle are optimal, so consider this as well.

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    i was wondering why in USA no one never mentions about shatavari kalpa (granules)
    i have read online on some Russian Ayurvedic forum, that there are two types of shatavari for men and women. One called Shatavari churna -which its a powder form its male, and shatavari kalpa -in granules form -female. I also read that shatavari is notorious for weight gain in women, if taken improperly…i have taken the wrong one, male shatavari in powder last year, and experienced weight gain in my l but and thighs. Had to stop it for that reason for three four months, but my face actually cleared up from hormonal acne. Now i am breaking out again, where i can find shatavari kalpa?

    • Dear Eliza,

      I am not an Ayurvedic herbalist who knows of these species of Shatavari or where to get them. We support the use of Shatavari, genus and species Asparagus racemosus.

      Best of luck finding the herb you are looking for!

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    I am currently taking 50 mg T4 for the thyroid and estrace 2mg (estrogen) to strangthen my uterus lining, as I am to undergo embryo transfer in the next 2 weeks. Is it safe to take shatavari?

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    Thank you Elizabeth, i dont want to continue with contraceptive and hormonal pills, shall i continue with herbs and natural treatment. And what is process to take Shatavari. Please help


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    I am diagnosed with endometriosis and on contraceptive and hormonal pills since last 6 months and TTC, i am spotting since last 35 days continuously, sometimes heavy bleeding and sometimes lighter. Please advise if Shatavari will help me. I want to stop my spotting and daily stress due to this.

    • Dear Poonam,

      Shatavari is known in part as an estrogen-regulating herb (and is one of the top phytoestrogens) and because this is so, we can not suggest combining it with hormone-balancing medication.

      It would be best to discuss the spotting with your doctor so he can help you determine if the contraceptives may be the cause. If you wish for a more natural approach to supporting the body, we would appreciate the opportunity to guide you through a Fertility Consultation. Learn more about our Fertility Consultation program here…

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    Hello, I was hoping you could help me. I am 45 and I have been going through a lot of health issues that no one has been able to give me any answers, but a lot of my symptoms do seem to be potentially hormonal. I tried taking a few weeks ago Pueraria mirifica (perhaps I was taking too much) for my hormones and it caused me to have a second period. I am now at the time of my cycle where I would regularly be menstruating but I am having horrible shakiness, unwell feeling and what i am thinking is anxiety. I ordered Shatavari with hopes that it is the right herb for me, but I do not want to cause any more problems. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    • Dear Tonya,

      Pueraria Mirifica is a plant that I know to be potent and used as “herbal estrogen replacement therapy” by some practitioners. It is best to only use this plant under the guidance of a qualified herbalist. If you are still taking it and experiencing the symptoms you are, it may be best to stop taking it.

      In using potent herb like this, there is potetial for the cycle to shift as well. This is common with herbs that impact hormonal balance.

      Because we take into consideration age, diet, lifestyle, stress levels, fertility health issues – the whole person – when helping to create natural fertility programs, it is hard for me to know if Shatavari is right for you. The very best way we can offer support and help create a full plan designed specifically for your fertility health needs is to have a Fertility Consultation.

      I hope you will consider!

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    I have NK Bacteria diagnoised by proffessor Quimbys centre. I need steriods in order to support a pregnancy. I have one failed IVF and now trying IUI as I no problems with fertilisation, my problem is with implantation and maintaining a pregnancy as the NK bacteria attacks sperm/embroyos. The NHS will not give me steriods for IUI but will only issue them for IVF (which is madness as can’t get pregnant without them) which I have to pay private for. Is there anything that I can take instead of steriods that will help reduce my NK levels which are 6.2 at the moment. I would like to try a herb if there is such a thing during a natural cycle.

    • Dear Em,

      It may be best to be guided in the use of natural therapies for your needs by a healthcare practitioner, natural or medical, near you. He/she will then be able to monitor your needs through IUI/IVF or natural pregnancy. This will be important.

      Research has shown that the systemic enzyme blend Wobenzym N may effectively help reduce immunological fertility issues. There are herbs to consider learning more about like Shatavari, which you have read about here, Tribulus terrestris, Maca and Dong Quai. Our guide Immune Infertility: Natural Options for Immunological Fertility Issues will share more about each herb and Wobenzym N.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    Iam 42, past 7-8 months I have been having bad pms/ perimenopausal symptoms like anxiety, high bp, shakiness around my period time. At present taking evecare and abana for that. Doctor also prescribed aloes compound, but my sugar level goes down with that so I have stopped taking it.
    Iam hypothyroid too taking 50 mcg thyronorm
    Any side effects of evecare and abana??

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    I am 5 years post-menopausal, still getting hot flashes a few times a week and mild mood swings (sadness). Is it OK for post-menopausal women to take Shatavari?

    • Dear Lynn,

      While we primarily work with women in their reproductive years, but I do know of several resources that share Shatavari may be beneficial for women in all stages of life given it being rich source of phyto-estrogens. Consider continuing your research of Shatavari use post-menopause, or reaching out to an herbalist near you to guide you.

      All my best!

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    I wanted to know if this product will interfere with the current medications that I am taking from my doctor called Pregvit? I am also using fertili tea which is a natural herbal fertility tea which is supposed to help with your reproductive system and help chances of conceiving.
    Will all of these work against each other?

    Thank you for your help! 🙂

    • Dear Alyssa,

      Shatavari can be combined with multivitamins, but it will be best to consult your doctor about combining the two given you are on a prescription multivitamin. Shatavari can be taken with FertiliTea.

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    I am 27 years old and have a thin endometrial lining of 3 mm 3 weeks after the beginning of my first period which is causing irregular bleeding due to low estrogen. I am on the nuva ring but would eventually like to get pregnant someday down the road. I read that the nuva ring is known to make the endometrial lining thin but I would like to continue taking it as a contraceptive because I do not want to get pregnant at this time. Can I take the nuva ring and shatavari at the same time?

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    I have Hypothyroidism and PCOS with fairly regular 21-28 day cycles. I’m taking 1200mg of Vitex a day in 3 equal doses for ovulation. Can I take Shatavari along with Vitex?

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    What’s the ideal dosage of vitex to induce ovulation in pcos women? Can vitex be combined with evecare capsules?

    • Dear Angel,

      General suggested use of Fertilica Vitex is 900-1000mg per day each day of the menstrual cycle without taking a break. It would be best to reach out the the makers of EveCare of inquire if Vitex can be taken with it. I am not familiar with all of the herbs in that formula.

      These herbs alone may not all the needs to be considered when wishing to support the body in re-learning balance by promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion. Learn more about the above in the article How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs.

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    A food sensitivity test I took showed a reaction to asparagus. It’s my understanding that shatavari is wild asparagus. I already have eczema, but it did appear to get worse with this herb, so I stopped taking it. Do you recommend something else that would have similar impact?

    • Dear Anna,

      There is nothing to my knowledge that has the very same list of effects that Shatavari does. Consider learning more about a variety of herbs that are also adaptogens, supportive of the endocrine system, stress response and immune system, and offer a variety of fertility benefits in this article How to Use Fertility Herbs To Enhance Your Fertility Naturally.

      It is best to avoid Shatavari if you have a allergy or sensitivity to asparagus.

      All the best!

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    Yes! Shatavari is GREAT! Thanks for telling women about it on your wonderful site!

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    I took my first ever Depo-Provera injection on the 24th of September, and I commenced taking Pukka Womankind Shatavari capsules and have been for about two months now. I decided to take them because I decided to try for a baby after all, but I wasn’t made aware of the long-lasting effects of the contraceptive injection. I wanted to ask, will shatavari capsules in anyway lessen the effects of the Depo-Provera? I have symptoms of pregnancy, but I’m not sure if it’s a result of the injection or otherwise. Anyway, the injection runs out on the 24th of December, so fingers crossed that trying to conceive will be an easy journey. Any thoughts of yours will be appreciated. Thank you!

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    Can shatavari be taken with natural progesterone cream? Also if I am currently using the progesterone cream to suppress my cycles (over a 3month period) is it ok to use it or should I wait to incorporate shatavari until I am using the progesterone to establish a cycle and ovulation (after 3 months of suppression)?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Renee,

      Shatavari can be taken with Fertilica Natural Progesterone Cream and Emerita Pro-Gest even while suppressing ovulation with natural progesterone cream.

      Best wishes!

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    I’m 44 with low estrogen/progesterone. I use a compound SR progesterone on days 16-30 of my cycle. I’ve used vivelle dot in the past at a high dose that helped with the low estrogen problems I was having; however, I had side effects that I didn’t like. My doctor lowered my dose to .025, but this dose was hardly noticeable. Instead of increasing the patch, I decided to try the shatavari with it. After just a week, I’m feeling so much better.
    I saw in another post that you said not to take it if taking prescription progesterone. Can you explain to me why? Since this is working so well, I’m on a hunt to learn how this shativari works and how best to take it. Thank you.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Julie,

      If you are currently already on fertility medications, we can not suggest you combine herbs with your prescription medications. This is because herbs that act on the hormonal system could affect how your medications are working. However, if you are being guided in doing so by your healthcare provider who can regularly monitor you, it is best to follow your healthcare providers guidance.

      So wonderful that you are experiencing positive results for your needs!

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    I am 49yrs old and trying to get pregnant, but have fibroids. Will Shatavari help, as my estrogen levels are high?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Mary,

      Shatavari may support estrogen regulation in females, but it should only be considered as one possible part of a natural fertility program to support hormone balance. There may be other things to consider when supporting a healthy uterine environment.

      Since time may feel of the essence as you approach 50 years of age, our team feels that is in your best interest to work with a practitioner that is accessible to you – a doctor, or a reproductive endocrinologist – someone who can monitor hormonal balance, determine your fertility health and who supports natural preparation for pregnancy.

      You could also consider working with our Fertility Herbalist in addition to the healthcare practitioner accessible to you. We offer personalized guidance for supporting fertility health through Natural Fertility Consultations.

      Statistics show that women over the age of 50 are considered high risk for pregnancy, due to the age of the mother and her eggs. We want you to have the best chance at a healthy pregnancy and baby, and working with a doctor possibly in addition to a fertility herbalist is going to help you be able to do that.

      Best wishes!

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    I have PCOS, insulin resistance , hypothyroid. Age 30. Trying to conceive .
    Is it safe to take Shatavari ?

    I have heard that PCOS increases testosterone and Shatavari icreases estrogen. Also since I am overwieght, they say I already have estrogen overload which is not good if you are trying to conceive – so is shatavari going to help ?

    and does shatavari block the efficiency of thyroid medications ?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Shruti,

      I am sorry you are having to deal with all of this while you try to conceive.

      If you are taking a prescription medication for your thyroid, or any medication for that matter, and wish to try any herb, supplement or natural therapy it is best to consult your healthcare provider about combining the two.

      Research has shown that a key component to supporting hormonal balance no matter the fertility issue, especially when insulin resistance and weight are factors, is ones diet. Dietary and lifestyle changes are foundational and herbs, supplements and natural therapies only act as Band-Aids when these changes are not made. You can learn about a Fertility Diet and lifestyle changes for your needs here…

      It is also important to consider promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, and to reduce cravings for sweets and improve digestion which you will learn about in the link above as well.

      Take care!

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    Hi, i’m currently 21 years old and i have very irregular periods. I have taken shatavari for about 3 months now and my period is more regular but still far from normal. Can i take vitex together with shatavari? Or is there other herbs that can be taken together for better results? Thank you

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Magdalene!

      How great that Shatavari is helping you! You can combine Shatavari with Vitex.

      Vitex is the #1 female fertility herb for menstrual cycle irregularities of all types. Vitex supports hormone balance without containing hormones itself, in turn supporting a healthy menstrual cycle and normal ovulation.

      Be well!

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    can shatavari be taken along with progestrone supplements during pregnancy??
    I was taking shatavari to reguralise periods and got pregnant. doc suggested progestrone supplements to support pregnancy . so can both be taken together?

    • Hi Sangeetha,

      Congratulations on your pregnancy! We do not recommend continuing Shatavari into pregnancy, nor combining it with prescription hormone medications, including prescription progesterone. If you are worried about suddenly discontinuing the Shatavari, begin taking less and less over a week until you are no longer taking it.

      Best Wishes for a very healthy and happy pregnancy!

  24. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. I apologize for not being able to reply to all past comments. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

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    My huband and I have been TTC for 4 years, finally did in December on Femara and I miscarried in February (they couldn’t find a heartbeat on u/s and did a D&C). We did Femara this month, but I’m honestly tired of it all. We didn’t get pregnant and the costs are going through the roof. I just want to take a break. I start Meca 500mg BID yesterday, and a friend told me about shatavari today. I see above that the two are safe to take together, but it looks like you’re only supposed to take Shatavari for about 9-10 days a month, after you stop bleeding until you ovulate. Is that correct?

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    Hi Darlene,
    I am 46 years old trying to conceive. I tried IVF and was put on heavy does of stimulants which I did not respond well too. My period was regular every 28th days until I started this IVF process 3 years ago. Now my period is irregular and i have not seen my period in 2 months. I am currently taking Royal Jelly, Maca, Omega 3,6,9, CoQ10 and Vitex. Occasionally I drink red clover, Rose hips and nettle tea. should I stop taking Vitex and use Shatavari instead. Should I continue taking all this herbs?

    Thank you

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    Hi! I’m 24 years old. I got married 2 years back.I have irregular periods right from my puberty. After 5 months of my mariage,I had 1 miscarriage at 7th week of my pregnancy.There was no heartbeat in the foetus. Now, i want to get pregnant.Doctor said that i have hormonal imbalance.Can shatavari help me out to get rid of this?How to consume it and how much dose i should take?

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    I am 32 years old and am trying to conceive . I have started taking Shatavari. I want to know which days should i take the capsule.

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    My wife having higher Rate of LH & FSH ,please confirm which indian herbs are effective to do lower rate of FSH an LH.

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    Hello, My husband and I have been trying to conceive a second child for 10 months now. It took us 2 1/2 years to conceive our first child naturally. I have been taking Shatavari at 500 mg regularly – actually every day, but I read above that I should not take it between ovulation and the end of menstruation. My cycles have become shorter (went from 28-26 days) – could this be a result of the Shatavari? Also, is it possible that I have miscarried from taking it throughout my entire cycle? I was almost certain that I conceived this month because of cramping and a slight dip in temperature on day 21, but then I spotted on day 25 with actual flow on day 26. I’m 37 and so hope that it doesn’t take as long this time! Also, what are your thoughts on the standardized extract of Shatavari? Thanks so much for your time. I was delighted to find this site.

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    Hi dalene,

    Im 28 years old.. Got married almost a year plus now.. I’ve been trying so hard to conceive but it seems nothing work for me.. Actually i just want to share with u that i used to do abortions before because i cant pregnant during my working time..i was a flight attendant and still under contract that time.. That was 2 years ago..And after that i started taking birth control pills called ‘yasmin’ ..And i stop taking that pills on july last year because im ready to get pregnant but it seems so so hard to me.. I also facing vaginal dryness and painful intercourse most of the time.. But last month my cousins introduced me to this shatavari.. She said her gynea told her that this pills is good and highly recommended..So i went to the pharmacy yesterday to buy it, and after i told the pharmacist my probs, she recommend me to take shatavari and kapikachhu together for the best is it ok to take both together?

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    My fallopian tubes are damaged due to T.B. and hence am unable to conceive naturally.Can Shatavari be helpful in my case.If so from where can i get this product.Is it in capsule form or powder.

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    This question may not be particularly appropriate in view of the title of website but having read other questions re endometriosis I wondered if shatavari would be useful to use during menopause. I have suffered endometriosis for many years and infertility. Now it seems, although I have no pain now due to absence of periods I now suffer all the symptoms of the menopause such as hot flushes, mood changes insomnia etc. I have tried many remedies but unfortunately they seem to bring back painful symptoms of endo such as bladder and bowel problems as this is where the endo is mainly. As endometriosis is a hormone dependant disease, would shatavari help as it seems this herb would not increase oestrogen levels but balance them. What do you think?

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    I am 35 yrs old and had ovarian cysts/endo in the past. I don’t have them now. My issue is mostly facial hair and acne on my chin. I suffer from severe hair fall and as a result of this, I have very thin hair. I am taking Shatavri (one cap twice a day) for past 3 months along with fish oil capsules. My hair fall has decreased a little. But for the past one month, my bowel movement has become very irregular. And the stool is pebble like. Also I feel that I start having burps after eating a little. In short my digestion has become less efficient. Can you please advise if Shatavri can cause this? Or should I take it with some other herb? Thank you so much in advance.

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    Hi, is it safe to use eve care and shavatari daily when ttc?


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    my ayurvedic health practitioner prescribed me shatavari ( and some other herbs too) for my increased prolactin levels ( I have prolactinoma) , PMS symptoms and peri-menopause symptoms with low progesteron. Now I have read that shatavari may increase prolactin levels and I’m confused. My prolactin levels are lowered since I’m on ayurvedic herbs, but I’m still not sure if shatavari is the right herb for me?

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    hi i am thirty five years old trying for 4 years to conceive but it seems nothing work can u please help us like herbal

    • Hi ishu,

      I am sorry, but I just don’t have enough information about you to guide you in the right direction. I am not sure what you mean at the end of your post…perhaps you are wondering which herbs are best for you. Please consider a consultation! Our consultations provide detailed information as to which fertility herbs, supplements and therapies may be right for your unique situation.

      Best Wishes,


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    Hello, I have been taking Shatavari at 500mg (due to ovarian cysts and irregular periods)…I went from having a cycle every 30 days to every 26 days..not fun. My husband and I are also wanting another child..we have been trying for a year now. I have only taken Shatavari pill four times and I have to say that I now have bigger and sore breast. Although I will add that my menstrual is expected in four days, however, my symptoms are not like that. I also feel more relaxed, but, I have been a quite a bit giggly for the last two days, especially in the morning time. Laughter is good..I do feel stress free. Although this sounds quite strange, I am quite serious. I am wondering if this is normal? Should I take a lower dosage. As I stated, my ultimate goal is to eliminate ovarian cyst, regulate my menstrual and become pregnant. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Vandi,
      So, you have only taken Shatavari 500mg for 4 days. 1 pill each day. You may correct me if I am wrong. Whenever we first introduce an herb that may affect our hormones, we must expect that it will take time for our body to adjust and feel different as it begins to utilize the herbs action. Ovarian cysts are linked to estrogen dominance. Shatavari has been found to have estrogen modulating properties. If you choose to continue on with this herb, I would say it may be best to only use it from after your period ends, up to ovulation and not after. We find there are remedies that work better than Shatavari for ovarian cysts, you can learn about them here:

      Many women experience breast soreness and slight swelling from this herb. This herb has shown signs of contributing to prolactin production so women with the endocrine disorder hyperprolactinemia or high prolactin levels should use caution with this herb. Prolactin is the hormone that stimulates breast milk production.

      Best Wishes,


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    Hi Darlene,

    Is it okay to take Maca and Shatavari together? My friend, suffered from a stillbirth (at 28 weeks) couple of years ago and since then she had two or three miscarriages ( one at 13 weeks, and the other two were blighted ovums) and now apparently she is not even getting pregnant. Her RE says she immune related infertility, where her Nk cells are high and the toxins levels are abnormally high. My question, will Maca and Shatavari help? I was thinking of recommending, Maca, Rejuvenzyme, Omega 3-6-9 and a good fertility diet etc… But should she take Shatavari too? what do you think about royal jelly/bee pollen for immune related infertility issues.

    Any feedback would be much appreciated. I really want to help my friend, she is very depressed.


    • Preeti, So sorry to about all the loss your friend has gone through. Maca and shatavari can be taken together. For immune related fertility issues I would suggest looking into immuo-regulating herbs such as reishi, shatavari (which you already mentioned), Ashwagandha, Echinacea and Licorice root. These can be taken in tincture form daily. This in conjunction with Woebenzym (there is a study on our website which showed very promising results using Wobenzym specifically). She may also want to look into eating a gluten-free diet or being tested for gluten or other food allergies. This can trigger or create a hyperimmune response.
      I don’t feel there is a direct connection with bee products aiding with immune response, but I do feel they are a beneficial food tonic for fertility in general. Please keep us updated.

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    Thank you Dalene, will check out the link.

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    Hi Dalene

    Can shatavari plus help to shrink fibroids? or are they just used to help the body recover from fibroids say after having them removed?

    Also what pukka herbs are good for liver detox/cleansing?

    Thank you


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    I had hormonal imbalance (Estrogen dominance)since the age of 13 (I am 40 now).
    As of now I have fluid retention , sluggish liver, uterus fibroids (larger one measuring 7 cm), sore breasts and very sensitive moods- anger/sadness as PMS sysmtoms.
    An ayurvedic doctor recommened Liver cleansing herbs along with Hormone balancing herbs(which have 90% Shatavari)
    I am stuck with fear to take Shatavari .
    Is it safe to take Shatavari with estrogen dominance.Will it further increase the estrogen levels and create more problems and increase my fibroid size
    Kindly let me know your ideas/insight into this.

    • Hi Padma,

      Shatavari has been found to balance estrogen levels in the body. It does not increase estrogen, but rather works to aid the body in regulating estrogen balance. Shatavari has been shown to increase phagocytic activity of macrophages, reducing intraperitoneal adheshions. Adhesion and scar tissues can from from damage caused by uterine fibroids. Phagocytes aid in reducing scar tissue, adhesion and the inflammation that causes them. So the Shatavari may aid the body in healing from uterine fibroids. If you would like to learn additional ways to heal from uterine fibroids and reduce estrogen dominance, please read our article at this link:

      It sounds like your Ayurvedic practitioner knows what is going to be helpful! The liver cleansing sounds needed! The liver helps to filter toxins from the body including excess hormones. If there is an over abundance of estrogen, the liver will be overloaded and in need of a little herbal help.

      Best Wishes,


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    Dear Dalene,
    You mention above that in one study, Shatavari can increase phagocytic activity of the macrophages there is hope for it in reducing adhesions in the entire body. This may be great news for women suffering from adhesion damage causing fertility issues such as endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, damage from c-section, ovarian cysts. As an endo patient for ten years and have done 3 lap surgery. On the third time time my doctor have to remove lots of adhesion from the left side of my abdomen. I also have multiple cyst on the right ovary and an enlarged chocolate cyst on the left ovary. Will Shatavari helps adenomyosis and multiple cyst? I’ve come across that shatavari can increase estrogen level but I’m facing vaginal dryness and a painful intercourse. Is it because of low estrogen? I’m confused coz endo patients always have low levels of progesterone. Am I having high or low estrogen/progesterone? Kindly help.

    • Hi Evely,

      Great questions! It would be best to find out what your hormone levels are through testing. That way you will know for sure what you are low in or high in. The article states: Shatavari’s main constituents are steroidal-sapponins, suggesting its use as an estrogen regulator, the estrogen modulating in turn may contribute to menstrual cycle regulation. This does not mean it increases estrogen in the body, but help to balance estrogen levels in the body. Vaginal dryness is one sign of low estrogen, but the vaginal dryness may be other hormonal balance as well. It sounds like Shatavari may be a good option for all of your fertility issues. Have you also learned about Systemic Therapy, remedies for ovarian cysts and endometriosis? Those would be other areas to research as well!

      Best Wishes,


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    Hello i am TTC and i ordered Shatavari pills and i just got them this past saturday, but i’m currently 9 dpo do i wait to take them when my period comes or is it ok to take them now?

    • Hi Natalia,

      With most all herbs for fertility we feel it is best to use most of them all month long, except during your bleeding times. So if you may begin now and then stop during your bleeding time and then begin again after your bleeding time is over. If you are actively trying to conceive it may be best to not use these after ovulation in case of preganancy. This herb should only be used in early pregnancy under the supervised care of a qulified Ayurvedic practitioner.

      Best Wishes,


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    I am post menopause and I hope I can still take this herb as it improves quality of hair, I believe. However, I wonder if it is ok to take when all reporoductive activity is over. Would it act on the body in the same way as HRT? HRT has come under fire for creating an unnatural situation in the body.

    Can anyone confirm that it would be ok to take? I would be delighted to hear comments. I am 64 yrs of age.

    • Hi Terri,

      Ayurvedic practitioners do use Shatavari for hormonal support after menopause or during menopause to support estrogen levels which decline in menopause causing all sorts of uncomfortable symptoms. To be honest I have only had limited amounts of training for menopause and with this herb I am not sure at what dosage and for how long it should be taken in post-menopausal women. It would be best to seek the advice of a practitioner in your area that you could work one-on-one with!

      Best Wishes,