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Shatavari means one 'who possesses a hundred husbands'.

For future women in search of Shatavari and FYI I know it's big!

New Findings Vindicate Efficacy of Shatavari
(Asparagus racemosus), Traditional Medicine
by Lalit Tiwari
Shatavari is a versatile traditional plant used for a variety of serious diseases as also impotency of both the sexes. Shatavari means one 'who possesses a hundred husbands'. It is considered both a general tonic and a female reproductive tonic. Shatavari is the main Ayurvedic rejuvenative tonic for females. Shatavari is, however, also used for sexual debility and infertility in both sexes. It is also used for menopausal symptoms and to increase lactation.

Recent chemical analyses have now thrown some light on its efficacy. We give here references to a number of recent analyses of its multiple medicinal properties.
Extract of shatavari has been shown to increase both the weight of mammary lobulo-aveolar tissue and the milk yield. This effect was attributed to the action of released corticosteroids or an increase in prolactin.
post #22 of 32
Found that same brand (Ayurceutics) cheaper here: http://vitanetonline.com/description...mins/Shatavari
And a different brand waaay cheaper here: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/webap...797&Ntk=Level1

(sorry for the long URL). It's $6.99 for 120 500 mg caps!!
I'm off the dom as of today (pumping the same amount here at work), so I will be ordering this today!

ETA, here is a coupon code for $5 off your first order: http://www.myjaco.com/dest?c=1034195&r=4
post #23 of 32
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I am glad you found something. I personally prefer the tincture because it works faster and I have a hard time swallowing pills, but I also like cheap too!! I almost ordered it from Swanson's too!
post #24 of 32
I didn't know if you were aware of the Breastfeeding with PCOS blog, so I thought I'd post it.

Sounds like you're doing great. I noticed you said that Glucophage is not an option for you b/c you are not insulin resistant, so I did want to add that I have heard of people who do not test as insulin resistant having success nevertheless with Metformin/Glucophage, for ovulation purposes. It seems logical that it could also help non-IR PCOS'ers with lactation, as well. Just wanted to add that in case it helps anyone else reading this thread!
post #25 of 32
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Nora'sMama: Thank you. What you said about Metformin and milk supply is great information that I am sure other PCOS women could benefit from hearing. Metformin did not help me ovulate, it just made me hate salads!!!

Yes I am aware of the Breastfeeding with PCOS Blog! It's in my favorites, I'm a big fan of Ammaarah! I didn't think I had the emotional ability to get over my revulsion of breastfeeding. She helped convince me to give breastfeeding a serious try even after I was having bad dreams about breastfeeding vampire babies! She also didn't think I was a freak either although my husband thought I needed counseling . When the baby came early, breastfeeding was an easy decision to make.

I got the SNS and Noah is VERY interested in the tubes and everything to the point of distraction. He also won't latch on with the tubing taped down so I have to get him latched on and then try and slip the tube in the side of his mouth. But he is accepting it and seems to be cooperating for the most part which is pretty cool because he is 11 months!
post #26 of 32
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I forgot to mention that I also went from a 42D to a 42DD on 2 weeks of Shatavari! It's a miracle. I have no desire for a thousand husbands yet.
post #27 of 32
Hi guys, I recently found this thread and have too been taking shatavari. I have been on it 1 week and was wondering how long did it take before you noticed an increase? TIA
post #28 of 32
Metformin can be good for PCOS patients who are not insulin resistant, as well, including for milk supply (anecdotal evidence shows). You could try it. It's very safe for breastfeeding so you're not out much if it doesn't help.
post #29 of 32
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Hokigal: How fast it works would depend on how much are you taking and how often and are you taking capsules or tincture. I have been taking a tincture and noticed an significant (for me) increase in about 5 days. Tincture works faster than capsules because the it is more concentrated. I have not been doing so well lately and my supply has been down again because I am having a problem with my gallbladder. So I will have to start all over again when I get past this situation.

mchalehm: Thanks for the advice about Metformin as someone with PCOS could read it and find that it is the right thing that works for them. I prefer to stick with Shatavari and probably try Goat's Rue. I don't want to take medication anymore.
post #30 of 32
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I noticed an increase in milk on day 3 this time, but I am taking 1 dropperful 3x a day.
post #31 of 32
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Still nursing and using shatavari. This breastfeeding and trying to maintain my small supply is a continual struggle. Fortunately, ds still prefers nursing.
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