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I had a hysterectomy at the age of 37

I had a hysterectomy at the age of 37, and by the time I was in my early 40s I had started the menopause. All the textbook stuff happened, but it was all bearable and I took nothing for it until I was about 46, then I started with the really bad flushes. It would start in my thighs and race up my body till my neck and face would go scarlet. Each one lasted between 3 to 5 minutes and could be just 20 minutes apart. Then I started taking Soy Isoflavones and within a week they were so much better and had virtually gone within 2 months, just the occasional heating up. I am 51 now and take maybe 2 tablets a week (instead of 2 a day) and I suffer very little.

Eileen comments: It is great to hear about such a simple remedy solving this incredibly common problem. Isoflavones are not associated with the issues surrounding HRT, so they’re a good option when flushes or sweats are very severe and need to be addressed with an oestrogen boost. They don’t provide oestrogen as such, but attach to oestrogen receptors in a gentle way, thus helping with some of the more unpleasant menopausal symptoms.

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