In a new study, the formula milk obtained from the milk of infant girls may cause an increased risk of severe menstrual pain during their lifetime. The percentage of the probability that these female babies will suffer from menstrual bleeding in later periods is important. In the study, it was stated that the infants who consumed soy-based formula milk in infancy were more likely to have 50 percent more cramping between mid and severe levels during menstrual cycles. The study was conducted for young women aged 18-22 and the results were published in the journal. Human Reproduction. This study was conducted between 1533 women between the ages of 23-35 and a total of 198 people among these female subjects reported that they were fed with soy-based milk in infancy.
Kristen Upson, a post-doctoral student at the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, said that menstrual pain can significantly affect women's quality of life and that the study was done to test the effect of phytoestrogens in the soy formula. He added that exposure to estrogens during infancy or the development of a baby could affect reproductive health in adulthood. These new results are consistent with previous studies reporting the risk of severe menstrual pain in adulthood for women fed soy formula in infants.
The results from subsequent animal studies also support these results, which suggest that the consumption of soy formula in these infants has devastating effects on reproductive health in later life. These harmful effects are related to the presence of phytoestrogen and genistein in the soy formula and are said to have turned into adulthood. Researchers said that better and better understanding of hormonal exposure during developmental periods that can affect reproductive health of adults must inform future prevention efforts to improve women's health.
(With IANS entries)