How Soy Affects Hormones and Health

Soy contains phytoestrogens or “plant-estrogens,” which sounds bad but by out-competing estradiol, phytoestrogens can have a beneficial anti-estrogen effect in women of reproductive age.

That’s why soy and other phytoestrogens can make periods lighter and improve estrogen excess symptoms such as PMS and heavy periods. 

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Why a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet Can Be a Problem for Periods

A vegan or exclusively plant-based diet can make periods lighter and less painful but it can also cause irregular periods due to impaired ovulation and low progesterone.

The problem is not that phytoestrogens cause high estrogen. In fact, phytoestrogens have a generally anti-estrogen, period-lightening effect. The main problem with a vegan diet is that is can cause long-term depletion of important women’s health nutrients such as zinc, iodine, vitamin A, and taurine.

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Is It PCOS or Hypothalamic Amenorrhea?

PCOS is the condition of androgen excess when all other causes of androgen excess have been ruled out. It can be associated with irregular periods or no periods.

Hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) is the loss of periods due to undereating. It can also present with mild acne or facial hair.

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How Insulin and Testosterone Cause Weight Gain in Women

Struggling with hormonal weight gain around your middle? It’s a common problem with PCOS, menopause, and birth control, but it’s not caused by estrogen. In women, estrogen is beneficial for weight loss.

Instead, abdominal weight gain is caused by insulin, testosterone, and androgenic progestins.

Here’s what you need to know.

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