Originally Posted by cristeen
It took years of nutritional work to regain a modicum of health and it took 3 yrs of fertility treatments to get pg. You just won't know if it's effecting you until its too late. And yes, there are any number of people that do just fine with it, but if you look at US IF numbers and stats, you can see that there is def a correlation w the increased use of soy in this country.
I'm sorry you've had problems with fertility. Out of my many, many friends with fertility problems not single one is veg*n or a fan of soy products. I on the other hand have been veg or vegan since age 10 and consumed soy most of my life. I am extremely healthy and apparently extremely fertile -
I got pregnant accidentally in my twenties when I definitely wasn't trying, at age 35 I got pregnant on our very first try, and at 37 got pregnant with twins after a month of trying. I don't credit soy for my luck though - there are so many factors that affect fertility. My mother attributes her complete lack of hot flashes, emotional overload etc during menopause to soy and I tell her it's probably luck, not soy. You mention US IF stats - are there specific peer reviewed, longitudinal studies that link soy consumption to fertility rates? There may be an increase in soy consumption as well as an increase in infertility over the past couple decades but in these same years you see an increase in sunblock (decreased vitamin D), a increase in older parents, an increase in cell phone use and other wireless technologies, an increase in obesity ... not trying to be argumentative nor am I blaming any one of these factors, like I said so many factors affect fertility and it is not something I have spent any time researching. There are just so many unknowns out there that may or may not affect us and our kids - things in our food, the products we use, the air we breathe - things we think are helpful or beneficial are later proven harmful ... until good research proves otherwise I don't see any reason to avoid soy anymore than I see a reason to avoid, say, spinach (I do worry a bit about the cell phones but that's a different topic...).