Menopause Doctor. In menopause the ovaries are no longer producing both estrogen (estradiol) and progesterone, which are potent female hormones. Every cell in a woman's body has estrogen and Progesterone receptors, not just the reproductive system, so the entire body suffers once in menopause. Find an integrative medicine doctor who specializes in menopause. They are best trained to prescribe bioidentical hrt.
Talk to your doctor! Based on what you are saying the most common side effect is hot flashes. Also, women present with irregular bleeding, mood changes, sleep changes, vaginal dryness and recurrent vaginal infections. These can all be treated in hormonal and non-hormonal ways. Do not panic and talk with your doctor about options and approach this based on symptoms that you are trying to treat!