London | Sydney Wellington, a 54-year-old British man is suing a local soy milk company after he noticed dramatic changes in his body from consuming the product for the past months.
The man that was recently diagnosed lactose intolerant claims he switched to soy milk because his doctor told him soy milk would be a good alternative.
“At first all was well, but after a few months, I noticed my breast were growing and my nipples started pointing out, like those of a pubescent girl,” he told reporters.
“My sexual desire disappeared,” he says. “My penis—I won’t say it atrophied, but it was so flaccid that it looked very small in comparison with the way it used to be. Even my emotions changed.”
“I’d break out and cry at a sad movie, that kind of thing. It just wasn’t like me” he admits, visibly shaken.
High estrogen levels
Although soy products do not contain any estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, they do produce plant-based estrogens also known as phytoestrogens.
“It seems my patient developed a severe form of gynecomastia which is a non-cancerous increase in the size of male breast tissue,” explains his physician, Dr. Allan Greenwall.
“His diet high in phytoestrogens would also explain his extreme mood swings, irritability, decrease of libido and lack of rationality, all symptoms similar to women suffering from PMS” he adds.
“Crying for no reason”
Sydney Wellington claims the mood swings immediately ended after he stopped consuming soy products over two weeks ago.
“I would wake up in the middle of the night and start crying for no reason, it was pretty harsh on my spouse who had no idea what was going on with me,” he recalls.
“My libido completely dropped, every time my spouse was aroused, I told her I had a headache or that I wasn’t in the mood. She once even thought I had turned gay,” he told local reporters, visibly glad these events were now far behind.
“If that is what it is like to be a woman, then being a woman is a man’s worst nightmare” he adds, laughingly.
A similar case occurred in Belgium in 2013 when a transgender man who had been a vegetarian for over 20 years discovered he was not a woman after ending his soy-based diet for medical reasons.