Dietary Phyto-Estrogens and the Menopause

  • Michael Morton
  • Claudia Harding
  • Anthony Howell
  • Keith Griffiths
  • Nigel Bundred
Part of the Medical Science Symposia Series book series (MSSS, volume 11)


Acute menopausal symptoms are commonly reported in Caucasian women [1,2], but have been found to be less common in Asians [3,4]. While hot flushes tend to occur in at least 60% of Caucasians [5], Japanese women suffer fewer symptoms with hot flushes recorded in only 10.8% in one study [6]. Chinese women also experience fewer symptoms [7,8]. Whether the low incidence of vasomotor symptoms in Asian women reflects cultural, psychological, or physiological differences requires further study. However, as vasomotor symptoms are related to the decline in ovarian function and hence declining estrogen influence [9], the low incidence of menopausal symptoms in Asian women may also reflect their high intake of weakly estrogenic compounds in their traditional diets.


Asian Woman Vasomotor Symptom Genital Skin Fibroblast Mammalian Lignans Soya Supplementation 
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  • Michael Morton
  • Claudia Harding
  • Anthony Howell
  • Keith Griffiths
  • Nigel Bundred

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