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  1. This series is really interesting, even for a guy who, of course, never experienced hot flashes, menopause, or the menstrual struggles usually known as p.m.s. I mention this last issue because it hasn’t come up specifically in the discussion, and I’m wondering whether, since you mentioned the menstrual irregularities associated with women exposed to raw hops, the potential therapies you discuss might apply there.

    • I don’t know a lot about PMS and related conditions. I did a little research on it for my lifespan course. If I remember correctly, we still don’t know the exact etiology of PMS aside from the notion that there is some hormonal involvement. Symptomatic treatment seems to be recommended quite frequently, with some pharmacological treatments for some cases (antidepressants, for example). I believe that I read that very low level estrogen administration via transdermal patch is sometimes used. Our modern concept of PMS is fairly new (late 19th century/early 20th century). I’m pretty much out of my knowledge base on this issue.

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