Hi Ali: Regarding the mint studies…I just saw this on Suppversity…regarding the difference between mints effects on male and female rats…..Spearmint (M. spicata): At least in women spearmint tea has been shown to increase estrogen and luteinizing hormone in the follicular phase of their menstrual cycle (Aktodgan. 2007). In a 2004 study that was conducted on male rodents, on the other hand, the daily administration of peppermint tea (M. spicata) for a period of 30days lead to significant increases in luteinizing and follicle stimulating hormone and increases in serum testosterone, yet with the serious downside of “extensive degenerative changes in the germinal epithelium and spermatogenesis arrest compared with the findings in the testicular biopsies of the control group” (Aktogan. 2003) interesting for sure!
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Holy batman this is a revelation! I’ve had PCOS my entire life- I’ve never had a period without birth control and I’m 30 years old. In high school I was on the swim and rowing team, and was an athlete in college as well. Now I crossfit and weight train intensely. I’ve always been a healthy weight, but despite intense training have never eaten after workouts. In fact, I usually workout in the evenings after dinner and then just go to sleep. I always thought of post workout meals as extra calories I didn’t need. Thank you stefanie!! This may be one of the keys to my fertility.