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Soy for symptoms and ovary question

By midnightbutterfly June 24, 2011 - 2:25pm

I have very bad peri menopausal symptoms. Extremely dry labia minor and majora, mood swing and flashes. I dicuseed and Estrogen creme with my DR. I would prefer to try to do it natrauly and have read some good things and bad thing s about Soy.
Has anybody taken it and has it helped? I did get a mutli vitamin that has 60 mg of Soy. I saw doses ramngin from 50 to 750!

I read , I remember where, that sometimes a peri menopausal womane can expirence ovarain issue, such as a bugling ovary. I have never head of that before. Is this possible?

By Susan Cody HERWriter Guide November 26, 2011 - 12:46pm

Hi All

I am also hearing both sides of the soy coin. As soon as a study comes out to say soy is beneficial, another says it not or it can contribute to cancer.

As a vegetarian, soy is one of my main sources of protein but I don't overdo it. I don't eat soy everyday, rather I mix up my protein sources (soy is also high in fiber and iron).

I will continue to use soy in my diet, I believe the benefits far outweigh any risks.

~Susan

November 26, 2011 - 12:46pm
By Magnolia Miller Leader October 1, 2011 - 6:28pm

I just wrote an article on my blog about the benefits of soy for perimenopause hot flashes and night sweats. You may be familiar with a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study was a randomized, double-blind study that looked at women over a 2 year period between the ages of 45 & 65 who took either soy or placebo to manage menopause symptoms and bone loss.

The conclusion was that soy did not help any of these women with osteoarthritis and that some women even reported having hot flashes and night sweats. The implication being that soy actually "caused" the night sweats and hot flashes.

Those who do not believe that soy helps women with perimenopause symptoms have seized on this study recently, using the results as "proof soy does not work."

But, the study left much to be desired in my view. First of all, most women do not take soy for osteoarthritis. They are taking it for help with hot flashes and night sweats. Second, even though the results said that soy doesn't help with osteoarthritis, it STILL did not prove that soy doesn't help with hot flashes and night sweats.

Most studies on soy and hot flashes and night sweats have been "inconclusive", meaning, that in the study groups "some" women did report lesser hot flashes and night sweats when taking soy. "Some didn't."

On a personal note, I was one of those women that soy helped. I took it only for hot flashes and did not expect that it would help with much of anything else. But, it definitely helped knock out my hot flashes. I've talked to countless other women who said it did nothing for them. So, clearly, it's an individual thing.

The only thing negative about soy in my view is that for "some" women it doesn't do a blessed thing, and with it's estrogenic activity (due to the phytoestrogens), it "could" interfere with normal hormone function. So, certainly, one should be informed and cautious when using soy.

I have noticed that those making the most noise about the negative effects (or useless effects) of soy, are those who are against complementary and alternative treatments in the first place.

Unfortunately, women's health is not only political, but it is big business as well. If studies can be used to prop up the opinions of those who don't want you to use alternative treatments, then you can be sure they will.

I say try the soy. If it works, great. If it doesn't, nothing lost.

Magnolia

October 1, 2011 - 6:28pm
By Magnolia October 1, 2011 - 6:30pm

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October 1, 2011 - 6:30pm