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 Is Estroven an effective alternative for HRT in treating menopausal symptoms?Is Estroven an effective alternative for HRT in treating menopausal symptoms?

Estroven contains both black cohosh and soy isoflavones. There are mixed reviews regarding whether or not either works to eliminate menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings.

According to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, “Black cohosh was not significantly more efficacious than placebo against most menopausal symptoms, including number and intensity of hot flashes.” WebMD agrees: “The most rigorous study of the herbal supplement ever conducted shows no evidence that it works.” On the other hand, the Journal of Women's Healthconcludes, “The evidence to date suggests that black cohosh is safe and effective for reducing menopausal symptoms, primarily hot flashes and possibly mood disorders.”

Interestingly, the Journal of Women's Health study found that “phytoestrogen extracts, including soy foods and red clover, appear to have at best only minimal effect on menopausal symptoms.” Further, a Reuter’s Health article states, “Despite a good amount of evidence to the contrary, a new research review suggests that soy supplements can indeed help women find relief from menopausal hot flashes.” According to the articles, it seems that results are varied, open to interpretation, and overall uncertain. For instance, those using a placebo can have greater results than those given the soy supplements.

Every woman has a different body chemistry and thus may react differently to supplements. The combination of both black cohosh and soy isoflavone in Estroven may allow it to work more effectively for some women. Additionally, some of the Estroven products contain ingredients such as Melatonin which can also help with insomnia.

Several of our HysterSisters members have had some success with Estroven. Here is what a few of them have had to say:

“I started taking Estroven around 6 months post-op due to night-time flushing. I wasn't sure if they were hot flashes or what, but I wanted to be proactive about them. I had no idea of whether or not it was working until yesterday morning. I didn't take my Estroven Sunday night because my doctor thought I should try the Vivelle Dot due to my concerns with weight gain and said I could not take both together. Well . . . let me tell you . . . I was a walking hot flash from the time I woke up Monday morning.”

“I've been taking Estroven since about 2 weeks post-op and I wouldn't go a day without it. I had to go without it for 3 days while I waited for a shipment to come in, and now I make sure to reorder in plenty of time. I occasionally have hot flashes, but they are very mild and very short-lived. I recommend the Estroven Maximum Strength, and I take it in the morning to make sure I make it through the day.”

“I take the maximum strength Estroven and really like how it calms my mood swings although I really didn't think it helped much with the hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia until I went a couple days without it . . . well, it convinced me that it didn't eliminate the symptoms but made them a whole heck of a lot better!"

If you are unable to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or have chosen not to use HRT, talk to your doctor about whether or not Estroven could be a safe option for you. Long term use could damage your liver, so you might specifically ask about periodic blood tests to monitor liver toxicity levels. Remember that it may take a few weeks to notice any benefits. If you should have any adverse reactions, be sure to report them to your physician.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-12-2013 - 10:29 PM


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