Today a friend on a forum posted some interesting research about the effects of spearmint tea on testosterone levels and therefore symptoms of PCOS. I don’t suffer too badly with PCOS symptoms – I would say most of them are mild, but my bloods did show elevated testosterone, which I’m guessing is what causes my occasional chin hairs!
Put simply, a recent study showed that in a sample of women who drank spearmint tea twice a day for thirty days, many of them reported a decrease in facial hair and blood tests showed a decrease in testosterone level. This was compared with women who drank a placebo herbal tea for the thirty days and saw no difference.
Forty one of 42 patients completed the study. Free and total testosterone levels were significantly reduced over the 30 day period in the spearmint tea group (p < 0.05). LH and FSH also increased (p < 0.05). Patient's subjective assessments of their degree of hirsutism scored by the modified DQLI were significantly reduced in the spearmint tea group (p < 0.05). There was, however, no significant reduction in the objective Ferriman-Galwey ratings of hirsutism between the two trial groups over the trial duration (p = 0.12). There was a clear and significant alteration in the relevant hormone levels.
You can read the full study here.
Anyhow, as always I’m all about the natural remedies so I decided to give this a go. I dug around in my tea collection and found the Clipper After Dinner Mints infusion that I had previously reviewed here on the blog. You can read the review here . This contains spearmint amongst other things, so my resolution is to drink two cups of this a day. It might not help, but it certainly won’t hinder and is worth a go if you ask me! Bottoms up!
As always this post is not intended as medical advice. I am not a Dr or a healthcare professional. I am just passing on information that I have found.