More information about RISE
At menopause, women experience a dramatic drop in the production of
the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Prescription hormone therapy
contains estrogens, and women sometimes take prescription hormone
therapy to treat some of the physical and psychological effects of
these hormonal changes, including hot flashes, sleep disturbances,
and mood alteration. Novasoy®400 is a soy-based dietary supplement
that contains plant estrogens and is therefore called a phytoestrogen.
In many ways, a phytoestrogen acts similar to estrogen in the body.
Many women are already using Novasoy®400 for the relief of menopausal
symptoms like hot flashes. This product is commonly available through
health food stores and can be obtained without a prescription.
Studies in women’s health do not provide a clear indication of whether
soy improves hot flashes or not. We still do not know everything about
the effects of phytoestrogens, such as soy, on hot flashes, mood, memory
complaints, and anxiety and other menopausal symptoms in women.
The goal of RISE is to examine the effects of soy (NovaSoy®400) and
estrogen on these menopausal symptoms in perimenopausal women. RISE is
sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
For more information about study procedures click here.