Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH

A woman’s life can be greatly influenced by the fluctuations of two hormones, progesterone and estrogen. When these hormones are in balance life seems to be wonderful, but as soon as they are out of balance problems follow.



Perimenopause refers to the time of body’s natural transition to menopause. Women start perimenopause at different ages. It can begin 2-10 years before menopause, when the ovaries gradually make less estrogen. It starts in their 40s, but may start even in 30s. In case of some women, perimenopause can last only few months, whereas in others it can last several years. The average length of perimenopause time is about four years. Oestrogen and progesterone fluctuate wildly in perimenopause and ovulations become irregular. In the perimenopause estrogen and progesterone levels spike and drop suddenly and gradually decline.


The menopause is a time during which levels of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, which control women’s menstrual cycle, decline leading to the permanent absence of the menstruation.


The declining levels of these hormones during menopause may lead to the following symptoms: Hot flushes, Night sweats, Fatigue, Sleeplessness, Difficulty concentration, Mood swings, Irritability, Panic attacks, Anxiety, Feelings of sadness, Depression, Memory lapses or loss, Lack of motivation, Tension, Heart palpitations, Headaches, Bloating, Weight gain, Muscle tension, Joint pain, Vaginal dryness, Loss of libido, Frequent urination, Urinary tract infections, etc.

Hormonal changes related to menopause (and perimenopause) may also play a role in lung function decline (causing shortness of breath and other symptoms) since they can lead to systemic inflammation and the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. Researchers suggest that osteoporosis can compress the height of the chest vertebrae, limiting air intake, thus contributing to the shortness of breath.

It is important to remember that the above listed symptoms are not always linked to the menopause. For example, nutritional deficiencies, low serotonin, deficiency of adrenal hormones, or low glucose levels (hypoglycaemia) can trigger many of the above symptoms.


Fortunately, not all but most women experience some menopausal symptoms. Also the severity and duration of these symptoms vary from woman to woman. Unpleasant menopausal symptoms are often regarded as the “normal” stage of life, but there are reasons to believe that they can be actually the result of years of nutritional deficiencies, unhealthy diet, chronic psychological stress, lack of regular physical activity and other elements of an unhealthy lifestyle. According to one renowned expert, “the only normal menopausal symptom should be the absence of menstruation”.


Hormonal imbalance before and during menopause can be exacerbated by many different factors such as lack of physical activity, environmental toxins, fear and negative attitude toward menopause, or chronic emotional stress.

However, the strongest negative influence on hormonal balance seems to be imposed by an unhealthy refined diet which is deprived of various essentials nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin E, and vitamin C that are required by the body to make hormones including progesterone and oestrogen and maintain their balance.

It is believed that the key reason why in Asian countries (such as Japan, Korea or China), much smaller percentage of women experience bad menopausal symptoms is that they do not share unhealthy western diet and lifestyle habits (1, 2).


– There are reasons to believe that due to severe soil depletion and refined diet majority of people in the UK are very deficient in minerals including Magnesium and Zinc. Magnesium and zinc not only allow the body to absorb calcium, thus preventing osteoporosis during menopause, but they also play important role in maintaining healthy nervous system function as well as maintaining normal levels of progesterone and oestrogen.

– Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, demonstrated that participants who had normal Vitamin D levels were less likely to experience menopause symptoms, compared to those who had less vitamin D (3). Vitamin D deficiency also plays important role in the prevention of osteoporosis during menopause. It is essential in helping human organism to properly absorb and use calcium which helps to keep spine and bones strong. Without vitamin D, our body begins to robe the bones and spine of calcium. Please, keep in mind that if you are deficient in magnesium, vitamin D will not be converted into its final form in your body, thus remaining inactive and useless. Since most of us are deficient in magnesium, vitamin D should always be supplemented with 200-400mg of elemental magnesium per day.

– A daily dose of vitamin E was found to be helpful in alleviating hot flashes and other signs of menopause (4).

B Vitamins are very important during menopause (5). They are essential for proper hormonal balance and nervous system function. Their deficiency can cause hormonal imbalance, fatigue, slow metabolism (overweight), and poor mental health. Folate (vitamin B9), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6 (pyridoxine) are very important for the body to make many of the mood-regulating hormones including progesterone, oestrogen, and serotonin.

– Supplementing with Boron seemed to help increase estradiol levels in some studies (6, 7).

– For a few years I have been recommanding Menovital (HealthAid) which contains listed above and below nutrients and herbs, and it was by far the most praised formulation intended to support women before, during and after menopause.


Apart from good quality multivitamin-mineral supplements that contain all mentioned above nutrients, including magnesium, zinc, vitamin D3, B-complex, vitamin E and C, the following nutritional supplements and herbs can be offered by health stores and pharmacies to support women before and during menopause:

– Numerous studies have shown that Soy Isoflavones (natural phytoestrogens) help boost oestrogen and reduce menopausal symptoms in a safe way without increasing the risk of breast cancer. Research suggests Soy isoflavones may even reduce the risk of breast, uterine, and colon cancer, while benefiting women with menopause, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Soya isoflavones (daidzein and genistein) are famous for their safe oestrogen-regulating properties (although it may depend on one’s capacity to convert the isoflavone daidzein to equol that has greater oestrogenic activity than daidzein itself) (8). In the past, trials studying the effects of these isoflavones on hot flushes and other menopause symptoms have given mixed results, but now a new meta-analysis combining data from 17 different studies provides strong support for their efficacy (9). The analysis revealed that an average intake of 54 milligrams per day of soy isoflavones for between six weeks and 12 months was associated with an average 21% reduction in the frequency of hot flushes, compared with placebo. However, soya supplements don’t seem to be equally effective in regulating oestrogen and alleviating menopause symptoms in women. It is so because isoflavones from soya can be significantly more effective in women whose colon is inhabited by probiotic bacteria able to convert soya isoflavones into equol (isoflavandiol metabolized from daidzein by bacterial flora in the intestines). Unlike endogenous oestrogenic hormones such as estradiol are steroids, equol is a non-steroidal estrogen. Equol has been also suggested to be responsible for enhancing many other health benefits of soya. However, some sources state that only about 30-50% of people have intestinal bacteria that make equol from daidzein. Some studies also indicate that in Japan, Korea, or China over 50%, while in Western countries only 25 to 30% of the adults are able to produce equol after eating soy foods containing isoflavones. Also vegetarians and vegans due to diet higher in fibre are more capable of converting daidzein to Equol. There are over twenty different types of intestinal probiotic bacteria that have the ability to convert daidzein into equol but two strains Eubacterium ramulus and Flavonifractor plautii are particularly active in this process. Both species are normally highly prevalent in healthy human gut but due to numerous factors including antibiotics, diet high in sugar and deprived of fibre many women today are low in probiotic bacteria and therefore may experience less or even no benefits from soya flavonoids. For this reason it is highly recommended to use soya isoflavones together with good probiotic formulas such as ColiProbio or UltraProbio. Since the same soya isoflavones (daidzein and genistein) are potent antioxidants they also help remove free radicals preventing them from causing gene mutations in our cells, thus reducing the risk of various cancers. People today are brainwashed with the idea that consuming these phytoestrogens is dangerous and may contribute to various problems including breast cancer. The opposite is true as these isoflavones are actually powerful antioxidants (particularly genistein) and research has repeatedly demonstrated that they are very beneficial and protect against breast cancer. Being a weak form of oestrogen, soya isoflavones compete at estrogen receptor sites, blocking the stronger oestrogen (naturally produced by the body) from working with full strength. Since high blood levels of oestrogen increase risk of breast cancer; daidzein and genistein may provide protection against this disease.

– Red Clover contains isoflavones, which work as phytoestrogens, with possible benefits for menopause (10). It may help reduce cholesterol levels and protect against osteoporosis by reducing bone loss. Red clover may assist in the relief of menopausal symptoms as it is rich in phytonutrients and phytoestrogens, which are similar in shape to the female hormone called estrogen.

– In one study with 51 menopausal women Ashwagandha was very beneficial in helping body to normalise oestrogen and easy hot flashes, mood fluctuations, sleep issues, irritability and anxiety (11).

Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru and it is traditionally used for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, tiredness, and signs of menopause and osteoporosis. Although maca doesn’t contain any hormones, yet it has a rare set of nutrients that nourish the endocrine system and may help support normal levels of oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, or DHEA (12). As an adaptogen herb, maca has been used to lower the effects of stress by decreasing cortisol levels. It is believed it can also help reduce hot flashes and weight gain while improving libido and energy.

– Studies have demonstrated benefits of Rhodiola in promoting hormonal balance by improving adrenal function (13). It also helps reduce fatigue and enhances mental function.

Evening Primrose Oil and Star Flower Oil supplements (both high in gamma linolenic acid) are known to have beneficial effect on hormonal balance, immune and nervous system. In 2013, the results of a randomized clinical trial which looked at the effects of evening primrose oil on 56 menopausal women (aged 45–59 years), was published. These women took two 500 milligram capsules of evening primrose oil or a placebo every day for a total of six weeks. The researchers then compared hot flashes between the two groups and found that oral evening primrose oil decreased the intensity of hot flash attacks and decreased the life disruption that results from these attacks (14).

– Black Cohosh (active ingredient: remifemin). Studies show that this herb can reduce hot flushes and improve mood. Research involving Black cohosh has shown benefits for both hot flushes and depression in menopause (21). Like Soy isoflavones, Black Cohosh also mimics the effects of oestrogen, thus relieving hot flushes and vaginal dryness, and is reported to have a sedative and relaxing effect. According to some controversial studies regular use of black cohosh for a longer period of time may contribute to liver damage and higher lead levels in the blood. It is not clear whether black cohosh stimulates the growth of breast cancer cells or inhibits their growth (21). With regards to both liver toxicity and breast cancer research has been limited and has produced mixed results as according to some studies the same herb was beneficial in treating breast cancer. Nevertheless, taking supplements such as Menovital that contains Black cohosh as one of many other natural phytoestrogens and vitamins is not only effective but also safe and eliminate any possible side effect of Black cohosh. Also, taking Black Cohosh together with Milk Thistle and Chlorella along with unrefined plant-based diet and healthy lifestyle should eliminate any possible harmful effect.

Dong Quai is a traditional Chinese herb extracted from the root Angelica sinensis. In a study comparing a combined preparation of DQ and Matricaria chamomilla (Climex) to placebo among 55 women reporting hot flashes and refusing hormone therapy, the herbal formulation demonstrated significant improvement in the frequency and intensity of hot flashes (90%-96%) compared with placebo (15%-20%) over the 3-month time (22). In another trial, DQ was combined with other herbs (black cohosh, red clover, milk thistle, American ginseng, and Agnus castus), and tried on 50 women. At 12 weeks, participants receiving the herbal preparation reported a 73% decreased in hot flushes and a 69% decrease in night sweats, compared with 38% and 29% improvement in the placebo group, respectively (23). The treatment group also reported improvements in sleep quality. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine the effects of DQ from these 2 trials due to the use of combined formulation. It is possible that Dong quai may be effective only in combination with other herbs.

– Dr. Hanley recommends natural progesterone in the form of a Wild Yam cream (rubbed into the skin), because only 10 % of hormones taken orally actually reach the bloodstream; the liver filters out the rest. The wild yam cream should be used between ovulation and the day before the menstrual flow starts. It must be used in a cream form and it is very effective but often must be used for over a year or longer. Wild yam contains alkaloids which may have a muscle relaxant action in the abdominal and pelvic regions together with oestrogen like compounds diosgenin. A progesterone precursor and steroidal saponins with anti-inflammatory properties.

Reviews of Wild Yam: “As a result of taking Wild Yam my anxiety levels become greatly reduced. No nasty side effects.”;

“I ordered Wild Yam a few weeks ago and after taking 2 a day feel so much better!”;

“To my horror in October I experienced post-menopausal bleeding. After one month of bleeding every day, and getting worse, I heard from a friend that when it happened to her she was put on a week of progesterone. So I bought Mexican Yam (a natural source of progesterone). Took 3 a day for two weeks. After one week bleeding stopped and has not returned.”

– Supplements containing Omega 3 fats (such as molecularly distilled fish oils or flax oil) have been suggested by research to have a calming effect on the nervous system enhancing brain health and mental well-being (15).

– The following story may encourage you to use ground Flaxseed: “My wife (62) had hot flashes for many years. In the beginning she tried HRT for a short time but to no avail and stopped. She tried black cohosh, soy, and other supplements, again to no avail. Last year she heard Dr. Oz recommend ground flax seed. Two tablespoonfuls a day stopped the hot flashes completely the same day. When she forgets to take the flax the hot flashes are back that night. Taking the ground flax seed again and the hot flashes are immediately gone. To avoid oxidation she buys whole flax seed and grinds it in a coffee grinder. It is simple and cheap and it is the only thing that has worked.”

– Take 10 Chlorella tablets (500mg per tablet) about 15-30 minutes before breakfast. Drop in reproductive hormones beginning at middle age (and sometimes much earlier) often triggers a reaction in your thyroid. Spirulina and chlorella are high in natural iodine and thus will increase health of the thyroid.

– Valerian is an herb that is used for its calming and sedating properties. Studies show that it is useful for insomnia and chronic sleep disorders. It may take a few weeks to get the optimal effect.

– Also Hops, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, and Tulsi tea have relaxing and calming properties and are helpful for those with insomnia due to anxiety.


In preventing and dealing with menopause symptoms it is important to understand that there are reasons to believe that it is even more important to focus on increasing progesterone than oestrogen. First of all, body uses progesterone to make oestrogen. In addition, progesterone regulates oestrogen levels and prevents its dominance. It means that without healthy levels of progesterone, oestrogen can be not only too low but also too high, thus increasing risk of breast cancer, obesity, depression, heart attacks or strokes.

Before menopause starts a still menstruating woman can maintain and increase progesterone by taking the following supplements:

Zinc acts on multiple organs of the body that are implicated in progesterone production including the pituitary gland and ovaries. Zinc increases levels of follicle stimulating hormone, which in turn causes ovulation and also stimulates the ovaries to produce estrogen and progesterone.

– The most important nutrient for maintaining normal progesterone levels before menopause is Vitamin B6 which is absolutely crucial for the development of the corpus luteum (a gland produced in ovaries after the egg is released) out of which progesterone is produced. Therefore, vitamin B6 is necessary for preventing progesterone deficiency and through progesterone for balancing other hormones including oestrogen.

– Also Vitamin C is required to assist the body in producing progesterone (16). In a 2003 study, women who took 750 mg of vitamin C increased their progesterone levels by 77 percent! It is important to remember that in order to be effective vitamin B6 must be taken with zinc as without zinc vitamin B6 won’t help to cope with low progesterone! You need to take daily dose of about 20 to 50mg of zinc (such as zinc citrate) after breakfast.

Magnesium regulates the pituitary gland, which in turn controls the production of FSH (follicular stimulating hormone), LH (luteinizing hormone), and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) that in turn regulate the production of progesterone and oestrogen.

– Also amino acid L-arginine is known to help increase progesterone levels. The Journal of Ovarian Research found that supplementing with L-arginine helps to increase progesterone. The researchers reported that 70% of participants benefited from L-arginine. Menstrual blood flow was improved in all women that took L-arginine. (17)

– The most popular herb believed to increase and balance progesterone before menopause is Agnus Castus (Vitex). Agnus Castus (known also as Vitex, Chaste Berry or Monk’s Pepper) is a large shrub (native to the Mediterranean region of southern Europe) with lilac or white flowers and small fruits. Agnus castus works by stimulating the body to produce more natural progesterone (18).


Unfortunately, once the menstrual cycle stops, the ovaries can’t produce progesterone any more since corpus luteum (out of which progesterone is made) ceases to appear in ovaries. However, since the body still needs progesterone it continues producing it in the adrenal glands and nerve cells.

Unfortunately, since due to chronic stress and nutritional deficiencies many menopausal women suffer from adrenal fatigue and poor nervous system function their adrenals and nerves are unable to take over the function of ovaries and make enough progesterone.

For this reason it is also crucial to recover from adrenal fatigue and strengthen nerves by learning to control stress, regular exercise, healthy high in nutrients unrefined diet and by using various supplements including zinc, B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin D, and antioxidants as well as adaptogenic herbs and foods such as maca, rhodiola, and ashwagandha.


Postmenopause refers to the years after menopause. During this stage of woman’s life menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, may ease or disappear for many women. However, as a result of lower levels of estrogen, postmenopausal women may still be at higher risk for a number of health conditions, such as depression, osteoporosis, or heart disease. For this reason they should continue using previously mentioned vitamins, minerals as well as some of the herbal supplements that support general health, energy levels, metabolism and nervous system function. In addition they should keep on implementing principles of healthy lifestyle such as regular physical activity, positive thinking and stress control, as well as healthy unrefined diet high in nutrients, antioxidants, and fibre.


Eating plant foods rich in fibre (vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains) may increase estradiol levels. High dietary fibre intake was associated with higher estradiol levels in a study on Latina women. Avocado and grapefruit were suggested to be the biggest contributors [19].

Consuming organic soya foods such as organic Tofu, Miso, organic soya milk, etc. and 1 tablespoon of raw home-made sauerkraut (excellent source of probiotic bacteria required for the effectiveness of soya isoflavones) per day, seems to be the best food to safely increase oestrogen levels (20).

Get regular exercise (fast walking outside is the best) as it boosts serotonin levels and releases endorphins (happy hormones) which give a feel good factor. Diet and exercise have a great influence on hormonal balance. Exercise has been shown to help reduce the frequency of panic attacks. It uses up any excess energy, it promotes better sleep, it helps with hormone regulation and it encourages good breathing techniques.

Proper deep breathing plays a prominent role in panic attacks.

Get adequate rest, which is crucial for the nervous system. If you do not sleep well you are far more likely to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. Scientists have indicated that we need on average, 7-8 hours of sleep per night to rejuvenate us holistically and recharge the brain.

Drink 2 litres of water daily to boost brain function as water transports oxygen to the brain. Apart from that experiencing a dry mouth (caused by dehydration) may feel like the start of a panic attack. Drink only distilled water > with a pinch of sea salt or pink salt. Avoid hard water (high in calcium) because it contains inorganic calcium carbonate which is harmful and contributes to arthritis, kidney stones, constipation and hardens arteries. Add a little bit of fresh lemon juice to your distilled water to make it more alkaline and tastier. Read a fascinating article about WATER >

Avoid products with sugar and refined foods (white flour products and white rice) cause deficiency of vitamin B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B12, magnesium, zinc, and calcium leading to nervousness, anxiety, fatigue, and irritability. Instead of sugar you may use erythritol, stevia, xylitol, raw organic honey, and other good sweeteners.

Stop smoking and eliminate caffeine and alcohol as they can also have adverse effects on hormone levels. Caffeine dehydrates the adrenal glands, affecting cortisol levels, while sugar exhausts them. Caffeine and alcohol are likely to trigger panic attacks because they stimulate negative activity in the brain.

Avoid refined salt. Use only Celtic, pink or sea salt instead.

Avoid toothpastes with fluoride, as it is toxic and competes with iodine for absorption and utilization, so less dietary iodine is absorbed, and iodine is absolutely essential for proper thyroid function. Combine this with the reality that our diets are very often deficient in iodine or other nutrients needed for adequate thyroid functioning, such as zinc, selenium, manganese.

Some women feel much better on a gluten free diet: “I thought that the loss of sex drive and dryness and horrible health was just part of the process and that I had to try to use more supplements etc. My hair was falling out, my joints hurt, I was short of breath, extremely tired and had all of the more typical symptoms. I met someone who told me about gluten intolerance. She suggested that I get off of all grains. I thought that I’d give it a try, since I had nothing to lose and everything to gain if it helped me. Within two weeks I saw a huge difference in my overall health and symptoms. I can eat rice and corn and potatoes. It means no wheat, barley, no spelt, oats, etc.”


Don’t dwell on the past and present things you can’t change. Stop worrying and learn to let things go! Look for the positive in a situation rather than focusing on the negative. Spend time with family and friends who are supportive. Remember to talk positive. Praise people instead complaining and criticising. Read “MIND CURE” >

Enjoy good humour as it helps to release endorphins (happy hormones).

Choose TV programs wisely. Many of them may trigger panic attacks and depression.

Listening to music that you enjoy has been found to be beneficial. A 2008 Cochrane review demonstrated that music enhances mood. In particular, for those who are depressed, music therapy was found to boost the emotional level so that they appeared to have less negative thoughts when listening to their favourite music.


Daily prayer and reading peace-inducing spiritual literature such as the Gospel of John found in the Bible, or books such as the Ministry of Healing, or the Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White enhances spiritual and emotional well-being.

Prayer and meditation (silent reflection) has been shown to provide stress relief and resiliency to face difficult life situations. The Royal College of Psychiatrists discovered that mental health service users identified positive outcomes associated with good quality spiritual care. Additionally, a study by the Mental Health Foundation published 2006 found that religious people, in particular those who believed in a loving and caring transcendent being, are more likely to recover from depression.

The following testimonies by Shelley and Michele prove the effectiveness of spiritual empowerment in coping with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and other menopausal symptoms:

“I was having anxiety and panic attacks. I thought I was dying ever day. I was out on medical leave for 3 months because I couldn’t drive 56 miles to my job and I thought I was going crazy. I only stayed on HRT for 1 month because my doctor didn’t want me on it long. I didn’t want to take any anti-depressants because I didn’t want them to change who I was nor did I want to be dependent on them. It really was a living hell. But thank God it has changed. I haven’t had any panic attacks in over a year. I get anxiety every once in a while, but its been really mild and manageable. I’ve always believed in God, but wasn’t an extremely religious person. I don’t go to church, but I have become very spiritual. Ill tell you what, He is the only one who got me through this. It changed the way I look at everything now. I don’t really know how to explain it in words, but I thought I would put it out there in case you are not finding any relief for your anxiety or panic attacks.” (Shelley Binkley, October 21, 2013)

“I always thought I was a strong woman. I worked, took care of my family and handled everything situation very well or so I thought. When my anxiety and panic attacks started I had no idea what they were. I went to the doctor and had many tests including thyroid and heart. I felt physically ill and I too had weird negative thoughts all the time. I didn’t want to take meds that would change who I was or become dependent on them. I read up on everything I could find about anxiety and panic attacks. Everything I read told me that I was making the anxiety worse. I was feeding it with the negative thoughts. I tried hard to think of other things, but if I had quiet time, they would seep back in. I started to notice that when I was busy doing physical things like chores or projects around the house, the anxiety did not consume me because my mind was on other things. I started listening to Charles Linden. I listened and learned what he did to get through his panic attacks and anxiety. This confirmed to me that I was causing it. Some days it was so bad that I would cry uncontrollably. It was at this time that I cried out loud to God asking what I did that was so bad that I had to go through this. That was a turning point in my life. I started a one on one relationship with God that day even if it was just to ask why. A friend at work gave me a book titled Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. This book has an inspirational message for every day, 365 days a year. It also has references from the Bible that the messages are derived from. I’ve been reading it for 2 years now. When I started reading it, Id felt lighter. I started having more positive thoughts. In addition to this, I started listening to a Christian Radio station. Things started changing inside me. The more I read and the more I listened, the more my thought process started changing. I was becoming more positive. My family was the first to notice (even before I did). I started to give thanks everyday, even for my trials and tribulations, because they all had a purpose. I pray and I give thanks multiple times every day (even for the little things or the things we take for granted). I don’t need to worry about what’s happening or going to happen in my life any more. I trust in Him and He is with me always. I really hope I don’t turn anyone off thinking I’m pushing religion. I just wanted to share that negative thoughts create more negative thoughts and positive thoughts create more positive thoughts. I hope this helps someone. God Bless! Michele” (21/10/2013).


Below you will find some faith- and peace-inducing Bible verses for everyday reading and meditation. Remember that unlike other books the Word of God doesn’t only talk about power but it contains the saving and transforming power because it is inspired by God’s Spirit: “For the word of God is living and powerful.” (Hebrews 4:12). Here are some examples of great comforting promises that will give you strength and improve your emotional and spiritual condition if you claim these promises with faith. Meditate on them every day, and repeat them with confidence and thanksgiving:

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2, ESV)

A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7

Bless the Lord o my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagles. Psalm 103:2-6

I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord. Psalm 121:1,2

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice! The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)

“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11)

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” (John 6:37)

“God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1Corinthians 10:13)

“Everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8)

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defence – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1John 1:7)

“The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.” (1John 1:7)

“If we refuse to admit that we are sinners, then we live in a world of illusion and truth becomes a stranger to us. But if we freely admit that we have sinned, we find God utterly reliable and straightforward – he forgives our sins and makes us thoroughly clean from all that is evil. For if we take up the attitude ‘we have not sinned’, we utterly deny God’s diagnosis of our condition and cut ourselves off from what he has to say to us.” (1John 1:8-10, J. B. Phillips NT Translation)

Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things are new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

“I urge you (…), offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God (…) And do not conform any longer to the pattern (lifestyle and diet) of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:1-2).

For by wise counsel you will wage your own war and in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. Proverbs 24:6

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right and whenever you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25 NKJV

“See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:16

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

“He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Luke 4:18 NKJ

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 (NIV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of the mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-8

Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of Gods wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. Philippians 4:6,7 (MGE)

“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, will not be condemned; and he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)


Natural bioidentical hormones can offer relief from menopausal symptoms, but I recommend not using them as a primary option. First try healthy diet, exercise, herbal remedies, supplements and other lifestyle-based strategies. They are usually very effective in relieving menopausal symptoms in the majority of cases, and only if you are not happy with the results, or if you are not able to improve your lifestyle then you can consider trying bioidentical hormones.

There are three types of estrogens commonly used in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy: estrone, estradiol, and estriol. Estradiol is the primary human female hormone found in all premenopausal women, whereas estriol is produced in significant amounts during pregnancy. Estriol is considered the safest of the three and is the most commonly prescribed. It has been used safely for decades, and it’s particularly useful after hysterectomy.

There are 3 types of hormones used in hormone replacement therapy:

1. SYNTHETIC – fake and toxic, hence cancer causing.

2. NATURAL – made from mare’s urine.

3. BIO-IDENTICAL – plant based and mirrors the exact hormones found in human body.

Bioidentical hormones have chemical structures identical to our own hormones, naturally occurring in ourselves. Bioidentical Hormones Prevent 50,000 Deaths in Yale Study. Many studies have shown reduced mortality as well as other health benefits of bioidentical hormones after hysterectomy.

Of course, women should avoid progestins and other synthetic hormones such as medroxyprogesterone (MPA) known to be carcinogenic. The use of the bioidentical estrogen and progesterone in the proper balance is the preferred choice.

Keep in mind that when it comes to administering bioidentical hormones, some delivery methods are clearly superior to others. Oral supplementation is perhaps your worst option, as your liver processes everything in your digestive tract first, before it enters your bloodstream, which will metabolize most of the swallowed hormones to inactive and potentially harmful derivatives. Any method that bypasses your liver will therefore be more effective.

Hormone creams are one common alternative that achieves this. However, since hormones are fat-soluble, they can build up in your fatty tissues and lead to having too much in your body. This in turn can disrupt other hormones. It’s also near impossible to accurately determine the dose when using a cream. Sublingual drops can be a good option, as it enters your blood stream directly and will not build up in your tissues like the cream can.

A good example of effectiveness of estradiol in the form of cream can be Susan. Susan’s symptoms were caused by menopausal estrogen deficiency, a finding commonly seen in the post menopausal age group. Symptoms were promptly relieved with bioidentical estradiol applied as a topical cream twice a day. Additionally, Susan’s tests revealed vitamin and mineral deficiencies which were, no doubt, aggravating the anxiety attacks. Susan was started on her bioidentical hormone program which included estradiol and progesterone as a balanced topical cream. She was also started on vitamin B12 and Magnesium supplements. Six weeks later, Susan reported that her anxiety and panic attacks had improved and were almost gone. She also noticed better sleep and more clarity of mind, and her night sweats and hot flashes had resolved as well.

Remember that treating hormone imbalances requires a holistic approach; the best approaches are often preventive and involve diet, exercise and other lifestyle-based strategies. For instance, both estrogen and progesterone are necessary in the female cycle, and their balance is key for optimal health. And if you have insufficient levels of progesterone to counter excessive estrogen, this imbalance can be further exacerbated by chronic stress.

Before you decide to try the BHRT read the following quote by Dr Greger: “Hormone replacement therapy grew to prominence in the 1990s when millions of women were sold hormones from pregnant mare urine on the promise it would prevent age-related diseases, increased risk of heart disease, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and invasive breast cancer. They said it would help preserve women’s memory but may in fact cause dementia as it shrinks women’s brains. When the truth got out in 2002 and the number of prescriptions dropped, so did the rates of breast cancer, and horses got to walk around again. Thanks to some high-profile celebrity endorsements, interest then switched to so-called compounded bio-identical hormones, from plant rather than equine sources and advertised as not carrying the same risks. But what does the science say? A bunch of new reviews out on the subject from the American College of OB/GYNS, Mayo Clinic to the editors in chief of the Journal of the International Menopause Society. They all concluded that bio-identical hormones, being bio-identical, carried the same risks, benefits, and side effects, which is not a good thing, and even worse when the FDA actually analysed them to if the contents matched the label, and nearly a third failed the analysis. And even in the same bottle, doses could be all over the place. How do we know everyone isn’t just in the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry who don’t want the competition? Whenever I’m sceptical I turn to The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics, considered one of the least biased sources in medicine. They’re kind of like the consumer reports of the drug world and in fact was actually co-founded by the co-founder of the publisher of consumer reports more than 50 years ago. As they like to brag on their website the Medical Letter does not accept grants, from any source, donations, from any one, funding—from any entity, they won’t let their work be used for promotional purposes and they don’t accept any advertising. They recently reviewed bio-identical hormones and came to the same conclusion: “There is no acceptable evidence that bio-identical hormones are safe or effective. Patients should be discouraged from taking them.” SOURCE >  



I suffered severely w/hot flashes & sleep disturbances, in addition to low sex drive, uncomfortable intercourse. I have been on Amor Vie bioidentical hormones for approximately 4 months. The results have been amazing!!!

I take bio-identical estrogen and progesterone and it works great for me. When I was going through menopause I was prescribed Prempro which made me feel awful and caused break through bleeding. I was told this was a side effect! I immediately researched and learned of the bio-identical options. I am 64, have been taking Bio- HRT since I was 50 and have excellent health. My labs are perfect and my hormones are balanced. I eat the right way and am very strict about what I put in my body.

A wonderful book to read is: NATURAL HORMONE BALANCE FOR WOMEN, By UZZI REISS, M.D. / O.B. GYN. He explains in detail HOW to use Bio-identical Hormone Replacement creams – that’s what I did, the results were nothing short of a miracle. If anyone has Estrogen Dominance – you NEED TO HAVE compounded Bio-Identical PROGESTERONE cream and use it twice a day. You will not be Estrogen dominate anymore!

I am 55 and have been using Bioidentical hormones for about 6 years- they have been great for me! I love the fact that BHRT is protective of your heart, bones, etc. The only complaint that I have is that there aren’t more drs around that are experienced with BHRT.

My experience has been very good but my sister has some bad effects and is afraid to go any further with Bio-identical Hormone replacement, she still deals with hot flashes, sleepless nights and mood swings as well. My advice would be to search for a very good doctor and find out why you had these things happen. Read Susan Somers books and see if one of those doctors is in your area and stay away from the insurance doctors that run people though like cattle.

I have been on bio-identical hormones for 5 years and it was the best decision I ever made. After my hysterectomy, I started developing health problems which included dizziness, falling, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and stage 1 (almost to stage 2) congestive heart failure. ALL of it has been gone for over 3 years.

I was not sleeping, hot flashes were like a shower on me I was sweating so bad. I tried the pills form bio-idenitcal HRT and bingo wow 3 months later I am a different person. I lost 20 lbs. I get up every morning happy because I slept. Before that I have tried bio-idenitical HRT cream 3 times but it did not help me. I tried antidepressants and could not function on them too. Everyone is different that is what we do not realize.

Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH




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