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Beer and Menopause: Help from the Hops!



When I was a student at Duke in the seventies, the beer flowed.

But I barely touched it.  Just didn’t like the flavor.

After I married Cliff, I took sips of his beers over the years.  But only sips.  I was a wine and mixed drink kind of girl.

Then bam!  Swoosh!  Gulp!

About five years ago, I began ordering my own  beer.

Why the switch to beer in midlife?

I had no clue until Chris Bradshaw of Boombox Network, posted this article on Facebook:

Beer: The Natural Menopause Treatment 


Seems that hops have estrogen-like qualities. The article reports:

“Hops have long been suspected of having an impact on the hormonal system.

Before your advent of machine pickers, girls and girls picked the plant life at harvest, and would often spend 3 weeks accomplishing this. It was observed amongst the young girls picking hops that their menstrual periods would occur early.

Two young women picking hops

But it wasn’t until hops was studied scientifically that result was explained and endorsed.

It turns out that hops contains very good levels of phytoestrogens – among 30, 000 IU to 3 hundred, 000 IU per 100 grams.” 


The article explains some of the science:

“Phytoestrogens are estrogen-like plant compounds that are also in alternative menopause therapies like soy. They work simply by binding to estrogen receptors, therefore provide a mild estrogenic impact on the body.

Phytoestrogens are quite a bit less strong as regular estrogen, however as estrogen levels decline throughout menopausal women, this boost of estrogen incorporates a balancing effect on the body.”

So the hops are hoppin’ good for our menopausal woes?

Who knows  for sure.  Let’s hope science continues to study beer and menopause.

Let’s hope science continues to study EVERYTHING about menopause.

Even if beer (in moderation, of course) is only a temporary balm for the woes of menopause, I say, “Bottoms up!”


Another Article:  Here’s more info,with the results of several studies and some thinking on the positive connection between hops and bone loss.

Non-alcoholic beers:  They contain hops too!

Beer Above:  A 37th anniversary beer with Cliff in August. Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Beer Below:   A beer-rita with Laura in early September. Dallas, Texas.  Here’s how to make a beer-rita without a miniature beer bottle.  (I do wonder if the restaurant washes the bottle before dunking it into the drink.)

Seeking: Man Brave Enough to Write Guest Post


If you are a man reading this post, say this out loud: Real men write guest posts for Friend for the Ride.

If you are a woman and you’re reading this post in earshot of a man, say this out loud:  Real men write guest posts for Friend for the Ride.  (And please send this post to some upbeat, fun, and clever men!)

I find that men are pretty kind about menopause, mostly because I bet they are tickled pink (or should I say manly blue) that they don’t have to go through it themselves.

But when I ask male cronies to write a guest post for the blog, they mostly shake their heads.  One friend, James, says he’s writing one, but I have yet to see the words…

So here’s my offer:  write me a guest post and then come to Hillsborough, North Carolina. Come by foot, bike, motorcycle, plane, car, truck, or train.  I’ll buy you a really cold beer at our funky watering hole, The Wooden Nickel.  In fact I will buy you several beers.  Here is the beer list.

Or I’ll take you to Bandidos Mexican Cafe for the very manly Conquer El Gigante, the giant burrito.  They snap your picture and put it on their wall, and there’s not a single photo of a lady, just real men.  Granted this guy is pretty young, but I bet you could do it!

Or we can go to the Nickel first and THEN for the giant burrito.

So please?  You can write about your take on menopause, how men feel about gray hair (their own or women’s), or anything else that strikes your gut.  (I first wrote “fancy” but then decided that didn’t sound like guy talk).

What an opportunity to be a REAL man!  Shoot me an email to the address on the right.  Thanks, REAL MAN.

Photo above is my husband Cliff blowing out candles on delicious birthday cupcakes in November.  He’s been a good manly egg about the blog, that’s for sure, but has yet to agree to write a guest post. Maybe that’s because he can go to the Wooden Nickel any time he wants to.

Photo of Cliff is courtesy Katherine Younger.  The other two photos are from the restaurant websites.