What are soy isoflavones?
Soy isoflavones are natural substances obtained from soy plants. It is thought that soy isoflavones work similar to clomid, as the soy isoflavones weakly bind to estrogen receptors increasing estrogen in a woman's body, thus increasing her chances of ovulating.
How are soy isoflavones taken?
In order for soy isoflavones to work like clomid, they should be taken in a similar manner to clomid, beginning somewhere between day 1 and day 5 of her cycle, and continued for five consecutive days. For example, a woman may take clomid for days 1-5, days 2-6, days 3-7, days 4-8 or days 5-9.
What are the side affects of soy isoflavones?
Side affects of soy isoflavones include upset stomach, diarrhea, and headache.
What are the chances of conceiving twins on soy isoflavones?
There is limited data available for the use of soy isoflavones to treat fertility, however it does look somewhat promising. The chances of conceiving twins may not be as high as the chances of conceiving twins on clomid, however, they are higher than what they would be otherwise.
Is there anything else I should know about soy isoflavones?
Soy isoflavones should be avoided, or discussed with a doctor beforehand, if any of the following conditions are present; breast cance, hepatic disease, prostate cancer, kidney disease, taking hormone treatments, thyroid disease, allergies to soy, peanuts or other legumes.
Soy isoflavones should not be taken while breastfeeding or pregnant.
Soy isoflavones may interact with the following medications; androstenedione, antibiotics, clomiphene, DHEA, contraceptives and other female hormones, finasteride, raloxifene, red clover, tamoxifen, testosterone and other male hormones, thyroid hormones, and toremifene.