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Menopause, Hormone Replacement and Prescribed Treatment

Updated on October 24, 2008

Premarin Use - In Good Conscience?

I have not needed "hormone replacement therapy," I'm not an expert on the subject of menopause, nor have I personally begun to experience this physiological process. I'm not a physician. Like most anyone else however, I do have some passionate positions on various topics and humane treatment of animals is one of them. If you the reader are personally going through menopause, have had a hysterectomy, or know someone who is/has/is about to, or are in a medically related profession, I'm hoping there hasn't been, nor will be, any association with a drug called PREMARIN. If a physician is prescribing premarin, knowing what it is and how it's made, I'm disgusted. If a physician will not prescribe it, praise the Lord. If a physician has been ignorant, hopefully they'll learn the truth and make the right choice.

Premarin is a drug prescribed to treat menopausal symptoms and is made out of PREGNANT MARE URINE. Yes, you did read that right - and in case you might not know what a mare is, a mare is a female horse.

I personally don't want to fathom the concept of putting another animals waste products into my body. Am I alone in having a difficult time understanding how such a thing can benefit another animal, namely a human being??? I know the medical field is necessary, yet I think we put too much faith in doctors. In fact, not intending to disrespect some doctors by what I'm about to say, or discredit those who are really good, but I honestly believe that much of the time, they don't know how to accurately treat certain illnesses and conditions.....I think in practicing medicine, a lot of experimental trials are conducted in attempts to make a diagnosis, alleviate pain or improve a disorder, depending on the problem of course. Medical practice......think about that.

Anyway, the purpose of this hub is not to bash doctors but to educate people about the manufacturing of a particular drug - PREMARIN. YUCK! I've heard it said if you break open a capsule (or smash a pill) and smell the contents, the urine smell is noticeable. Pregnant horses (often draft horses) are kept in inhumane conditions, in teeny, tiny stalls where the animal can't even turn around or lie down, solely for the purpose of harvesting their urine for the making of this drug. After a mare gives birth to the foal, the foal - especially if it is a colt (male) rather than a filly, is sent to slaughter. The mare is to be impregnated again as soon as possible.

My encouragement and challenge to anyone who may consider use of this drug (or to pass on to someone else who not be aware) is to seek alternative means to alleviate those hot flashes. I've heard blue green algae and extra vitamin B have done wonders for some women.

Arthritis, diabetes, cancer, menopause, autoimmune disorders, high blood pressure, asthma, certain mental or nervous system disorders...if anyone finds themselves battling one of these, prior to accepting the doctors plan for treatment as gospel, I'd encourage some homework. I wouldn't be surprised if most all doctors own at least some stock in some of pharmaceutical companies......It occurs often enough, through some dietary adjustments, these types of diseases or problems diminish or disappear altogether. Check out fellow hubber Al Freed's testimony about his experience w/ diabetes and Noni. I also know the power of prayer - with the laying on of hands and seeing the sick recover - we have the ultimate healer available to us (Jehovah Rapha - God our healer) in the name of Jesus, but that's not where I'm wanting to go today.

As a horse lover, when (and if) the day comes where I'll experience any unpleasant symptoms related to menopause, I'll tough it out before I'll use premarin. I hope there are others who will take the same stance, standing with me against it's production.



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    christinekv 9 years ago from Washington

    Thanks Junjie for commenting...I will remember to check out these books when it comes time for me to do so!

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    Junjie 9 years ago from Singapore

    I was in a doctor's car one day and saw a pack of premarin. "You're on HRT?" She was so shocked that I knew...

    I highly recommend searching out the following books: What Your Doctor may not tell you about Menopause (or premenopause) or What Your Doctor may not tell you about breast cancer. I have read these books and can highly recommend them to every woman who reads English and every man who has women in his life...

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    christinekv 9 years ago from Washington

    Hi Glassvisage...thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope we won't have to resort to any unnatural remedies for relief when our time comes either!

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    glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

    Well, that explains the name Premarin... yeesh. Thank you for this lesson... I hope when I come to that point in my life, I won't have to resort to hormone replacement, which I've heard so many negative things about

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    christinekv 9 years ago from Washington

    HI Sheryl C! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Prior to consulting a doctor (regardless of an afflicting virus or ailment) I personally attempt praying to Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our Healer, Jesus Christ, seeking Him as the ultimate physician. Sometimes this results in not having to go to the Doctor, other times we still have to pay the Doctor a visit. Perhaps if you haven't already explored the faith route, you'd be open to having a Christian try laying hands and praying for you first. If not, perhaps a naturopath or an acupuncturist could do something to bring about relief...I sure hope this stage in your life doesn't last long! It sounds like a drag and I'm glad you feel for these horses. All the best - christine

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    sheryl c 9 years ago from canton ohio

    Thanks Desert Blondie I am going thru the hot flashes night sweats it is horbil bot My doctor has not given me any thing for it and it's been a year and a half I've tried everything from Vitamin E to Soy I guess I 'll just have to keep on sweating and I really fill sorry for those horses some one needs to do some thing about it.Thanks Sherylc

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    christinekv 9 years ago from Washington

    Thanks Deseert Blondie for stopping by to read and comment. Yes, we do live in a bizarre world... I'm glad you aren't a user of many people respond very much like you, "Wow, who knew??!!"

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    desert blondie 9 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

    Wow! Who knew??!! How do drug manufacturer's scientists/researchers even conceive of such products. What does it take to sit around and think..."I wonder what mare urine could fix?" Thankfully, I'm not premarin user, and for those it helps...that's great! But...oddly weirdly informative to learn it's origins and quite, quite sad to hear of the inhumane treatment of the mares from which it's derived...rather like a larger scale version of puppy mill female 'puppy production' dogs. What an intricate and often bizarre word we live in!