Being in my mid-40s, my girlfriends and I have now reached a point where we can start joking about the looming nightmare that is menopause. I’m the oldest in the group by about 6 months, which was cool when we were 16 but now being the leader of the pack is less fun.
Last week, one of the girls shot over an ad about Premarin as a joke. Incase you aren’t aware, Premarin is a drug used during menopause that is made from horse urine from pregnant mares. (I always wonder who was the first person that decided ingesting such a thing would be a good idea.) Of course, my crew of friends was shocked to learn the truth and will likely look for an alternative if not just for the cruelty but also because it is disgusting.
The drug’s name is short for PREgnantMARes’urINe.
According to a PETA report, “About 750,000 mares are impregnated each year for the sole purpose of collecting their estrogen-rich urine. Tied in small stalls, unable to move either backwards, forwards, or sideways or lie down comfortably, they stand with sacks strapped to their groins for months on end. In order to make the urine more concentrated, their water intake is restricted, so the horses are constantly thirsty. The foals are considered ‘byproducts’, and most are fattened up, slaughtered, and sold for horsemeat or turned into dog food.”
There are humane alternatives to Premarin, such as a drug called Cenestin that is used to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, and is being tested for the treatment of osteoporosis. Like Premarin, Cenestin contains a complex mixture of conjugated estrogens that are slowly released into the body. However, Cenestin is derived from plant sources.
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