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Video: Soy and Fertility

Video: Soy and Fertility

In this video we talk about soy and its impact on fertility for both men and women. Soy and fertility is a hot topic and one that you should be informed about. Just one serving of soy can greatly impact both male and female fertility. I also answer some of the most common questions about soy and fertility.

Video: Soy and Fertility

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    They confuse œstrogenes and phytoœstrogenes in believing that soybeans promote production, which is not necessarily fair. There are two kinds of estrogen receptors in the body; Α (alpha) and β (Beta). Our estrogens prefer Alpha receptors whereas phyto have much more affinity with β. The effects of soy phytoœstrogenes on different tissues and in fact depend on the ratio of receptors: α and β

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    Please help me! I am so confused and desperate. I am a very healthy, physically active 50 year old woman trying to get pregnant after having my third miscarriage a couple of years ago. I just recently started experiencing symptoms of low estrogen…irregular periods, headaches, and most recently hot flashes. My husband and I can’t afford to go the fertility doctor route so I’ve been searching your site and others. A lot of sites are saying that I should be consuming Soy Isoflavines to increase my low estrogen levels. Your site says not to. So, what can I do to increase my estrogen so that I can get pregnant and alleviate these low estrogen symptoms?

    • Dear Laura,

      We primarily work with women older than the age of 18 and younger than the age of 50, and this is the demographic our information is geared toward. In general, we do not suggest consumption of processed soy foods when trying to support hormone balance and conceive. Limited amounts of whole, organic non-GMO soy and fermented soy may be fine to consume.

      We understand that anywhere after the age of roughly 35 natural hormone shifts begin to happen, most notable is a decrease in estrogen because the ovaries become less active. The rate at which ovarian activity declines differs for each woman. This is not to say conception can not happen.

      It is great that you are educating yourself and I understand not being able to afford a fertility specialist. However, time is of the essence. Our team feels that it is in your best interest to work with a practitioner who supports natural preparation for pregnancy that is accessible to you. Statistics show that women over the age of 50 are considered high risk for pregnancy, due to the age of the mother and her eggs.

      We want you to have the best chance at a healthy pregnancy and baby. Working with a doctor who can monitor and provide you with support for your specific need is going to help you be able to do that.

      It may be helpful to refer to the Estrogen Fertility Guide as you seek a healthcare provider, natural (naturopathic doctor) or medical, whom you can afford.

      All my best!

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    I am 31 weeks pregnant, i sometimes take lecithin softgels non gmo. does it also mimick estrogen? should i stop?

    • Hi Imma,

      We do not suggest using Soy lecithin capsules. This is a concentrated form of soy bean oil, which may increase estrogen in the body. It is important to avoid as much soy as possible, especially when pregnant. There are alternatives to soy lecithin now like sunflower lecithin. If you are taking this to supplement choline in your diet, perhaps you should think again. You should not have to supplement choline if you are eating a nutrient dense whole food diet. Soy lecithin contained as an emulsifier in supplement products in negligible trace amounts, so it will not cause a problem as far as estrogen is concerned.

      Congratulations on your pregnancy! Have a wonderful labor, birth and baby!


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    What about edamame? My mom loves it–she had a partial hysterectomy several years ago (kept her ovaries) and just recently went through menopause, which she could tell by the increased night sweats, loss of elasticity in her skin, and vaginal dryness. She does alot of resistance training with heavy weights, as well as surge training, and that has helped her retain muscle mass. She thought maybe eating edamame might help her skin elasticity (she quit drinking soy milk after reading similar articles). She will not do hormone replacement of any kind.

    • Hi Jan Wells,

      You would have to consume a lot of edamame to have an estrogenic effect on the body. Some people use soy supplements during menopause to counter the symptoms you described. Have her talk to your local naturopath about natural options for menopause.

      Best Wishes,


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    Both my husband and I have avoided soy for a while now, having heard about all these risks. But we still eat edamame when we go out for sushi. Am I wrong in thinking that the soy bean in it’s natural form is ok to eat once in a while (and yes, we’re definitely trying to become pregnant) whereas the processed versions of it all, soy milk, ice creams, tofu…etc. are bad? Should we be skipping the edamame in the future?

    • Hi Julie,

      If you were consuming edamame everyday there may be a concern, but once in a while should be fine. The processed soy is much more of a concern!

      All the best,


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    Thanks Hethir for the informative video on Soy. I recently heard about your site through a friend and I am excited to learn all that I can. Again, thank you.


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    I’m so glad you made this video! I remember learning about soy and the negative effects on fertility and wanting to tell the world about it. Thanks!

  9. Amazing video on the truths of soy! Thank you thank you thank you! I’m blasting this one on Facebook…very valuable information for all!

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    So I am still confused about non-GMO fermented soy, stay away from this too??

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    Thank you for this, it is very helpful!!! What about Edammame?
    I have bought some, wondering if I can boil and have them?
    And what about Miso from Soy, Organic type?

    • Hi Speeds,

      Any kind of soy, even fermented has been shown to have negative impacts on fertility. So this even means organic, non-GMO miso, tempeh and tofu.



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    so I don’t need to avoid soy lechitin in stuff?

    • Hello Andrea,

      Soy lecithin is such a small amount in products (usually) you need not worry. It is also a necessary ingredient as an anti-caking or emulsifying agent.

      All the best,