Hormones are substances produced by the body that have chemical effects on other parts of the body. Women produce hormones, such as estradiol, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and progesterone. Certain hormones rise at various times of the menstrual cycle and during pregnancy. Hormone levels also change at menopause.
The development of an egg takes approximately 90 days, with maturation occurring during menstrual bleeding, when it is still protected by a fluid-filled sac (follicle) within the ovary. A chemical called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), produced by the pituitary gland, aides this growth process.
Spearmint Tea can also help deal with PCOS due to its anti-androgenic properties. Drinking spearmint tea can help reduce hirsutism, or excess body hair, by reducing free and total testosterone levels and increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels.
This image shows the histology of the gonads: the ovary and testes. In the ovary, the granulosa cells produce estradiol while the corpus luteum produces estradiol and progesterone. Both secrete inhibin which suppresses FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) secretion. In the testes, the sustentacular (Sertoli) cells are the ones that secrete inhibin. The interstitial cells of the testes produce testosterone.