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This report has been updated with #1320.

When a woman runs out of eggs, her body stops making the female hormone, estrogen, and she often breaks out in repeated cold sweats, has her bones turn to chalk, develops a dry vagina, and is at increased risk for heart attacks and senility. To prevent these effects of menopause, doctors prescribe estrogen, but the most-used estrogen in the world is Premarin, a hormone collected from the urine of pregnant mares.

Now there's an alternative. Cenestin has been approved to treat hot flushes of the menopause. It is a mixture of 9 estrogenic substances made from soy and yam plants, and can be taken by menopausal women who object to this use of animals.

Checked 9/5/05

May 16th, 2013
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