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Maturitas. 2012 Jun;72(2):157-9. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.03.006. Epub 2012 Apr 18.

Phytoestrogens for menopausal symptoms: a review.

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School of Women and Children's Health, University of NSW, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia. j.eden@unsw.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To review the evidence that isoflavones are effective treatments for menopausal symptoms and to present the safety data.

METHODS:

The databases Scopus, ScienceDirect and Primo Central Index were searched and preference was given to systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

RESULTS:

The available evidence suggests that isoflavones do not relieve menopausal vasomotor symptoms any better than placebo. Long-term safety studies suggest that women who consume a diet high in isoflavones may have a lower risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer.

CONCLUSIONS:

Isoflavones cannot be recommended for the relief of hot flushes.

PMID:
22516278
DOI:
10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.03.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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