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By July 7, 2009 - 12:34pm
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Is this true???

"Drinking Red Current and/or Red Raspberry Leave teas. Eat Fennel occasionally, drink Soya milk or eat soya products. All of these have female hormone mimics in them and have been used for centuries to reduce the type of problem you have been having."

If so what does each do???

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The "female hormone mimics" that you are referring to in the soy (and other plants, such as red clover) are called "phytoestrogens" (plant-dervived estrogen).

The research has shown that plants rich in phytoestrogens may help relieve some symptoms of menopause, as well as symptoms of PMS.

However, according to the National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine (NCCAM), "it is uncertain whether this relief comes from phytoestrogens or from other compounds in the plant. Much remains to be learned about these plant products, including exactly how they work in the human body. Doctors caution that certain women need to be particularly careful about using phytoestrogens, especially:
* Women who have had or are at increased risk for diseases or conditions that are affected by hormones, such as breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer; endometriosis; or uterine fibroids
* Women who are taking drugs that increase estrogen levels in the body, such as birth control pills; MHT; or a type of cancer drug called selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), such as tamoxifen."

There have been claims and reports of medicinal properties of herbal teas, including red currant leaves, but none have been consistently proven. This does not mean that the tea does not relieve symptoms, but that it is not yet quantifiable--meaning, some women need to drink an extraordinary amount of the tea (4 cups a day, every day, for example) in order to see results and alleviate symptoms, but the exact quantity and frequency is unknown for the "population at large".

Unfortunately, supplements are not regulated, and are not well-tested, so many claims are left to the consumer to decide what is best. My advice, if you are interested in trying a new supplement, is to speak with your doctor and pharmacist about any possible drug-interactions with current medications (and other supplements) you are taking.

July 7, 2009 - 1:05pm

Hi AmyLei,

I will send you some information that discusses the pros/cons of the supplements and "alternative/complementary medicine" that you are referring to, but have a question for you in the meantime.

Your quoted text says, "...reduce the type of problem you have been having"...what is this referring to? What type of "period problems" are you having, and what symptoms are you trying to alleviate?

Lastly, what source is this quoted text from?

July 7, 2009 - 12:53pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

From another question i asked on here:

"I have had blood work done, ultrasounds done, put on medication. Yet nothing changes! Something is wrong with my inside. I have had extremely bad periods since I was 12, they would last 7 days and i would be in really bad pain. I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed sometimes. I would throw up, faint or have bad diarrhea. My body bruises like crazy but I’m not overly anemic (I will get random bruises for no reason, sometimes on my legs after sex, even when we are careful). My period can be heavy and runny or sometimes i have clots (similar to when i miscarried). I miscarried at 8 weeks which i was told was not unheard of but not normal either as baby had a heart beat. Im really confused as to what is going on? Will i miscarry again? Is there something wrong with my reproductive system? Im not sure what to add...so if someone can relate and needs more info please please just ask!"

I got it from another site i posted on, but i feel the people on this site seem to know a bit more.

July 7, 2009 - 1:03pm
(reply to AmyLei)

I'm so sorry you are going through all of this! My response below answers your preliminary question regarding phytoestrogens, but is a basic response to your complicated question.

Let us see what we can find for you...hang in there.

July 7, 2009 - 2:33pm
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