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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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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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Cannot Be Diagnosed by Ultrasound

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) cannot be diagnosed by ultrasound because polycystic ovaries are not cysts. They’re follicles or eggs which are normal for the ovary.

It’s normal for all women to sometimes have a higher number of follicles. It’s normal for young women to always have a higher number of follicles because young women have more eggs. That’s why the new international PCOS guidelines state that “ultrasound is now not recommended in diagnosis in those within 8 years of the start of periods.”

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What If You Have Both PCOS and Endometriosis?

pcos and endometriosisPCOS is the hormonal condition of having excess androgens or male hormones. Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that causes pelvic pain. They’re two very different conditions but they’re also both quite common. That makes it relatively easy to have both PCOS and endometriosis at the same time.

Here’s how to differentiate the symptoms of PCOS from endometriosis and where to start with treatment if you have both conditions.

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