Can you use natural hormone replacement for menopause?

Yes. Absolutely one could use bioequivalent ie natural hormone replacement for menopause. I especially recommend it to patients whos are very sensitive to synthetic hormone replacement therapy. There are quite a few compounding pharmacies that can help one obtain these types of hormones for treatment.
Yes, but... Our approach to menopausal women has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. We used to place all of them on hormone replacement therapy, and now, we approach the patient by treating symptoms. We also consider that non-hormonal options are better than hormonal options in many cases. There are options for "natural" hormone replacement, but they are not much different than synthetic hormones.

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Do you reccomend hormone replacement for women in menopause I am 43?

Yes but... There are many many factors that go into choosing whether or not hrt is right for you. Please see your obgyn and have a long talk about it. But assuming you have no reason not to take it and are having symptoms, then yes - i would offer it as an option for you. Read more...
Some women. Symptomatic menopausal women (hot flashes, difficulty concentrating, sleeplessness) can benefit from hormone replacement therapy if fully aware of the risks and complications attendant to the treatment. It is a subject that your gyn md should discuss the "yeahs and nays" with you at an appoinmtent including the whi research panel data that estrogen only use decreases the risk of breast cancer. Read more...

What will happen if I go through menopause with no hormone replacement?

Possibly very little. Many women go through menopause with minimal problems and without hormones. Hormone therapy is only indicated for relief of symptoms and there are no proven medical benefits. The most common postmenopausal complaint i see is vaginal dryness which responds very well to topical estrogen (which is very low dose and not to be confused with "hormone therapy".). Read more...
Potential problems. . Every cell in a woman's body has estrogen and Progesterone receptors, so the entire body suffers once in menopause (when estrogen and Progesterone production cease completely). Symptoms range from depression, insomnia, hot flashes, fatigue, brain fog, to vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, low libido, dry skin, urine leakage, to increased risk of osteoporosis, dementia, and heart disease. Read more...

On menopause, why you think hormone replacement therapy is debated?

Evidence isn't clear. Prior to women's health initiative, observation studies suggested that every woman should receive hormone replacement therapy at menopause. After whi, we said every woman should not receive any no matter how bad she felt. After a decade, we're beginning to see that whi only applies to asymptomatic women who started hrt 10yrs after menopause. But it's not absolutely clear regarding menopausal women. Read more...
Legal. Most of the debate is about legal issues that arise. The whi average start age for hrt was 61 years, fully ten years after the average onset of menopause. Without hrt after age 50, the risk of heart disease, stroke et. Al increases to the level of a man's. Hrt, if started early, is cardioprotective based on the hers study in the uk. Men would probably benefit, but would have breast enlargement. Read more...

If you are going through menopause can you have hormonal headaches almost daily if aren't taking hormone replacement therapy.

Possible. Different women have different symptoms at menopause and headaches are not uncommon. You should consult your gynecologist as she/he may have advice or medication. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Read more...