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Study links soy formula feeding and menstrual pain

by Dec. 13, 2018, 10:25 AM

Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), with the help of an epidemiologist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, recently published findings showing an association between infant soy formula feeding and menstrual pain in adulthood.

The report adds to the increasing evidence lending support to the reproductive health consequences of early-life exposure to soy formula.

“Soy protein contains phytoestrogens, or plant-based compounds that demonstrate estrogenic activity in experimental animal models,” said Margaret Adgent, PhD, MSPH, research assistant professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt. “Infants who are fed soy formula can be exposed to substantial amounts of these compounds.”