October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as it draws to a close we urge women to please turn your backs on Premarin type drugs — tablets and cream — and seek another treatment for menopausal symptoms.
There are alternatives.
Work with your doctor to find something to help you other than drugs made from pregnant mare’s urine — for your sake as well as the innocent mares and their byproduct foals.
Crazily I have had doctors argue with me that the Premarin family of drugs are not made with conjugated equine estrogens derived from the urine of pregnant mare. The absence of the word “equine” on the packaging is proof enough for them.
Of course “equine” was removed some years ago. Yes, we heard about it and we know how and why. I assure them that the key component of the drugs taken from the estrogen rich urine of pregnant mares remains the same. End of discussion.
I share this with you in case you encounter this argument yourself whether it be with a physician trying to prescribe it to you or when trying to warn someone who is taking it.
Jane Allin put together a list of alternatives to drugs such as Premarin, Prempro, Duavee and Duavive (See also pdf version at the end of this post).
Duavee by the way is the name given to Aprela when it was approved by the FDA during the last federal government shutdown and is being peddled in Europe under the name Duavive.
We asked Jane to review her report on alternatives and give us any updates. This is what led to Jane’s recent post on Tuesday’s Horse regarding the helpful properties of rhubarb. See Breast cancer, menopause and yes, rhubarb.
This in turn launched me on a vegan rhubarb recipe hunt which you can find here. See No need to sweat menopause when you can chill with some rhubarb.
Other than that there are no notable changes.