For women who are looking for natural alternatives to manage menopause symptoms, keep in mind that the most important step you can take is to balance your body's estrogen and progesterone ratio; this is what helps to keep your body functioning at its best and minimizes your symptoms such as hot flashes, tiredness, mood swings fuzzy memory and a host of other symptoms. Many women focus on raising estrogen alone, which is dangerous. Increased estrogen creates a higher risk for cancer.
As per Dr. John Lee: “Progesterone is needed in hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women for many reasons, but one of its most important roles is to balance or oppose the effects of estrogen. Unopposed estrogen creates a strong risk for breast cancer and reproductive cancers.
Estrogen levels drop only 40-60% at menopause, which is just enough to stop the menstrual cycle. But progesterone levels may drop to near zero in some women. Because progesterone is the precursor to so many other steroid hormones, its use can greatly enhance overall hormone balance after menopause. Progesterone also stimulates bone-building and thus helps protect against osteoporosis".
I do not recommend HTR which contains Premarin whose main ingredient is a hormone extracted from horse urine; its wiser to use natural methods such a progesterone cream or Maca which replaces your diminished hormones without dangerous side effects!
As always, if your symptoms require medical attention, see your doctor - preferably a holistic doctor as this trained professional will focus on your well being without the use of unnecessary drugs.
Marie Jimenez-Beaumont http://naturesmenopauserelief.com