Monday November 10 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- Eating lots
of soy each day may boost some women's sexual drive and arousal, according to a
report published in Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The case report by Amsterdam A and colleagues All
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center-Surgery says that a woman who ate 4
pounds of a soy product for nearly one month actually suffered persistent
sexual arousal syndrome.
Patients with this condition can be distressed by the escalation
of tension in the pelvic region and have an urge to self-stimulate to release
In the reported case, the 44-year-old woman suffered
increased pelvic tension for 5-6 months and she experienced an increase in
desire that required her to self-stimulate to orgasm about 15 times per day.
This was what the patient told her gynecologist when she
went to see her gynecologist for dysmenorrhea and menometrorrhagia.
The woman's menstrual difficulties and sexual complaints
disappeared after one month of supportive counseling and dietary modification.
This case, according to the authors, suggests that increased
intake of phytoestrogens from soy may cause persistent sexual arousal.
Women's sexual desire may be affected by a range of
factors including hormones like estrogen and testosterone.
A recent study found a high dose of testosterone delivered
through patches doubled sexual episodes in postmenopausal women who suffered
hypoactive sexual desire disorder.
natural hormone like testosterone can be dangerous as the one-year study also
found some women were diagnosed with breast cancer while the disease was not
found in any one in the control group.
Soy is known to have estrogenic phytochemicals. Eating
soy may not work for every woman with low sexual desire.
But the report in Journal of Sexual Medicine
suggests that using soy or plant products with high phytoestrogenic activity
may help some women.
The good thing about the natural approach is that natural
foods like soy are much safer than hormones like testosterone.
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