If you have been dealing with infertility or fertility issues, chances are you have heard of Clomid. Clomid is one of the most commonly prescribed medications to induce ovulation. However, soy isoflavones can have the same ovulation inducing affect and are a natural alternative to Clomid. Soy Isoflavones have been used for bone health and menopausal symptoms, but we are going to focus on the effects of soy isoflavones on fertility.
What Are Soy Isoflavones?
Soy Isoflavones can mimic the hormone estrogen and it is derived from a plant. It is considered a phytoestrogen and might be beneficial for women with low estrogen. However, having too much or taking too much can also affect fertility negatively. Like Clomid, soy isoflavones are supposed block the estrogen receptors in your brain thus tricking your body into making more estrogen because your body thinks it is low on it.
If you have low estrogen levels you may not be ovulating regularly. Increased estrogen triggers Luteinizing Hormone (LH) levels to rise which in turn causes an egg to be released. Using soy isoflavones are a natural way to induce ovulation. It is best to confirm ovulation and speak with your doctor about which medication is right for you.
While soy isoflavones have minimal side effects, the risks of this drug can be increased when taking other medications with it like antibiotics. Unlike Clomid that is specifically designed to be an estrogen blocker, some soy isoflavones can also mimic estrogen creating hormonal imbalances in certain women.
How And When To Take It
When taking soy isoflavones it is recommended to start at 80mg per day. In a typical bottle the dosage in one pill is 40mg so you would need to take two. This dosage can be increased up to 200mg per day depending on how your body is responding to it. Unfortunately, you will only know if you need to increase your dosage until after the cycle depending on if you ovulated.
Just like Clomid you will need to take the pill in the beginning of your menstrual cycle around the same time each day. For example, I took Clomid on cycle days 3 to 7 and days 5 to 9 after dinner. It is best to take soy isoflavones with a meal. You never want to take either medication for more than five days in a cycle. Once you stop taking soy isoflavones during your cycle, your body thinks you have enough estrogen so it triggers other hormones to begin the ovulation process.
Who Shouldn’t Take Soy Isoflavones
Since soy isoflavones are not regulated by the FDA, it is hard to know how they react once ingested. It is advised that woman over 35 do not take it without speaking with your doctor first. 50% of women over the age of 35 suffer from increased estrogen levels causing hormonal imbalance. Since soy isoflavones can also mimic estrogen, it can be harmful for women who are currently suffering from increased estrogen.
Women with PCOS should also stay away from soy isoflavones because the unpredictable effects can actually make matter worse. Women with PCOS can take Clomid because doctors know exactly how this medication works.
If you are ovulating regularly but aren’t getting pregnant as quickly as you would like, please do not take soy isoflavones. This medication can be more harmful to your fertility by creating imbalances in women where the wasn’t one before. So only consider this supplement if you ovulate irregularly or not at all.
Side Effects Of Soy Isoflavones
With anything you ingest there is always a possibility of side effects. I personally like taking supplements and medications after dinner or before bedtime to minimize the effects or so that I can sleep through them! The side effects should go away a couple days after you stop taking the pills. The most common side effects of soy isoflavones are:
- digestive problems
- soreness in breasts
I understand how frustrating it can be to want a baby and see negative pregnancy tests month after month. However, do not let frustration and anxiousness to have a baby cloud your judgement and make matters worse. Always speak to your physician about what is right for you.
If you fall into the category of women that cannot take soy isoflavones, FertilAid may be another natural option for you. FertilAid can be used by women over 35 and with PCOS to help regulate your cycle while promoting a healthy reproductive system. You can find out more about FertilAid here.
Soy isoflavones can be very beneficial for women who do not ovulate while providing minimal risks. The ability to purchase it an at grocery store or your local pharmacy without a prescription is an added bonus! The supplement can work wonders eliminating anovulation and resolving fertility issues when taken properly.
We always love hearing from you. So if you or anyone you know have taken soy isoflavones, please feel free to leave a comment with the outcome (good or bad). As always, good luck and baby dust!