PMS: From Puberty to Menopause
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a monthly condition that afflicts women of all ages, ranging from young girls (sometimes even before menses) to women approaching menopause.
There is always a new generation experiencing the monthly puzzle of PMS-related symptoms for the first time. Previous generations struggle with changing symptoms as their reproductive systems evolve with their life stages.
For example, mothers and their adolescent daughters - both possibly subject to monthly mood swings and irritability, although perhaps for different reasons - may even end up on the same cycle, which can cause considerable hardship for everyone in the household.
Bring Back Progesterone?
Written by Carol Petersen, RPH, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy
In the Beginning...
During the 1930s, several independent research groups were exploring the effects of a new substance now known as progesterone. The first supplies were extracted from human placenta and consequently extremely expensive. The first semi-synthetic supplies were derived from steroid-like plant components at Parke Davis in 1940. From that point on, the drug companies have been in a race to improve on nature. They began looking at derivatives that would behave like progesterone but could be taken less frequently, or absorbed more efficiently, and - most importantly of all - be a brand new molecule that would be eligible for patent protection.
By 1948, Dr. Katharina Dalton, a medical pioneer working in England, was already treating patients with different formulations of progesterone. She demonstrated success with injectable progesterone and, later on, with large doses delivered vaginally or rectally, providing relief in some of the most severe cases of PMS (premenstrual syndrome).
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