One in every 10 women in India suffers from PCOS. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2008. The usual symptoms – acne, hirsutism, missed periods etc. But, I was not overweight, which is perhaps the most common symptom. I was put on a lot of allopathic medicines – metformin, estradiol tablets etc. The hormones artificially induce bleeding every 21st day. I had had enough! I switched to homeopathy. Homeopathy was good. It cured the underlying causes instead of the symptoms. Over a year, I slowly started getting regular periods and my condition improved. I took an ultrasound scan to confirm that PCOS had gone. Yay! But, then in 2011 I started missing my cycles. I took a scan to find that it was PCOS again. Sigh!
I did my bit of research to discover the horrid fact that PCOS can be treated, but not completely cured. So, did that mean I had to keep popping pills for the rest of my life? I was very dispirited. I started searching all online forums and sites created to help women with PCOS. I was on the lookout for natural remedies because I did not want to continue relying on medicines. I came across many options – fenugreek, saw palmetto, chaste tree, milk thistle, licorice etc. I dug deep into each one of them. Most of them had side effects like putting on weight, external estrogen etc.
The safest of them all was Spearmint– it is dried mint leaves, after all! (Not to be confused with pudina which is peppermint). Spearmint is produced in India and so I thought “Nice, easily available!”. But no – there were no spearmint tea sellers in India. How very sad! I had to get tea imported from some country which imports tea from India. Oh, the irony!