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Phytoestrogens in peri- and postmenopause

Despite increasing interest in alternative therapies for menopausal hot flashes that avoid use of estrogens, the efficacy and safety of other options currently are not well supported. There is no conclusive evidence that phytoestrogen supplements effectively reduce the frequency or severity of hot flushes and night sweats in postmenopausal women. Many of the studies are of poor quality and results are inconsistent. In women who need relief for mild vasomotor symptoms isoflavones can be tryed. Isoflavones are not as effective as estrogens in relieving hot flashes.There is a (proably weak) indication, but no conclusive evidence, that isoflavones have a beneficial effect on bone health and that there is an association between lifelong soyabean intake und reduced risk of breast cancer.

Dolores Foth
Klinik und Poliklinik für Frauenheilkunde und Geburtshilfe,Köln
Reviewer:Katrin Schaudig,Hamburg
und Bernd Krause, Berlin

Foth D. Phytoestrogene ... Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2008; 4(3): 184-193 publiziert 30.11.08 ©akademos Wissenschaftsverlag 2008 ISSN 1614-8533