CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Jan. 6, 2000
Women invited to participate in UI study on menopausal hot flashes
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Women age 45 and older who experience hot flashes every
day are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study on menopausal
The study will test the effectiveness of phytoestrogen, a plant-based dietary
supplement with estrogen-like activity, in preventing hot flashes. Many common
plants -- such as alfalfa, barley, carrot, oat, parsley, red bean, rice, sesame,
soybean and wheat -- contain phytoestrogens. The UI study will involve phytoestrogens
made from red clover extracts.
The 14-week study will require three visits to the clinic in Iowa City.
Participants will be randomly assigned to receive one or two doses of either
the dietary supplement or a placebo (inactive pill).
To qualify, women must be:
-- age 45 to 60;
-- menopausal, with no menstrual period for at least six months;
-- having hot flashes and/or night sweats every day;
-- not currently taking hormone replacement therapy.
Women who are vegetarian will not qualify for the study.
For more information, call the UI Preventive Intervention Center at (319)
335-6628 or toll-free (800) 348-4692.