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Menopause

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There are plenty of menopause stories around. Most, rather than celebrate the end of a woman’s monthly cycles, demonize menopause with tales of hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, vaginal dryness, thinning hair, sleep disturbances, mood swings and more. But menopause is not something to fear. There are things to celebrate about it.

The Upside to Menopause Menopause is not something to fear. In fact, there are things to celebrate about it: no more pregnancy worries, no more hormonal headaches, no more bleeding—and more! Beth Battaglino, RN-C, CEO of HealthyWomen. After having our babies and heading into our early 40s, we notice that our bodies are changing and that we are going down the long, hot-flash-ridden path to the “change of life,” or menopause.

The Upside of Menopause. Most women dread menopause. And that’s not just about dreading the unknown. After all, we’ve all heard about hot flashes and vaginal dryness, the need for HRT, the loss of libido. Other than not having to deal with a nasty mess every month and maybe saving some money on sanitary products like tampons and pads, what could possibly be positive about.

Establish a meditation mantra practiceto ground your day and create mental calm. Eat a mostly plant based dietto create intelligent and vibrant cells. Menopause: Menopause is the point when a woman no longer has menstrual periods. At this stage, the ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and producing most of their estrogen. Menopause is diagnosed when a woman has gone without a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months.

Oestrogen keeps your heart healthy, it bolsters your bones, and it affects your mind in all manner of ways. It can cause serotonin to surge, which decreases depression, and increases buzzy feel-good endorphins, hence why when oestrogen levels plummet after ovulation and pre-period you can feel lousy. Hi!

I will be 53 this week and think I am finally FINALLY on.my way to menopause. No period for three months! My first hot flash hit me at 38. 15 years is enough. However, many of the symptoms I had in my 40s may have been due to an underlying autoimmune condition that wasn’t diagnosed until I was 50 (Hashimoto’s Disease).

The upside is that you can do something about it. The first thing I want you to do is to whip a tape measure around your waist across your belly button. Your goal is to be well below 35 inches.

The misconceptions held by most women are so incorrect that they’re completely opposite the truth. They’re upside-down. I love to test this phenomenon by asking women very simple questions about menopause to see how they’ll answer.

And, upside-down bingo! They’re wrong every time. The problem is that they’re absolutely sure they’re right.

List of related literature:

(See Chapter 4 for more information about menopause.)

“Maternity and Pediatric Nursing” by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
from Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

There are some wonderful books on the subject: The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup, M.D., has multiple suggestions on how to handle the brain and the body in menopause.

“Heal Your Mind” by Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D./Ph.D., Louise Hay
from Heal Your Mind
by Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D./Ph.D., Louise Hay
Hay House, 2016

Like many of the other “female problems,” menopause has developed its own mythology.

“Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety: The body, health care, management and policy, tools and approaches” by Jeanne Mager Stellman, International Labour Organisation, International Labour Office
from Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety: The body, health care, management and policy, tools and approaches
by Jeanne Mager Stellman, International Labour Organisation, International Labour Office
International Labour Office, 1998

Naturally occurring menopause due to aging is not the only kind; if the ovaries are surgically removed, or their function is impaired by radiation therapy or chemotherapy in a woman who is still menstruating, an early and sudden menopause results.

“Women's Herbs, Women's Health” by Christopher Hobbs, Kathi Keville
from Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health
by Christopher Hobbs, Kathi Keville
Book Publishing Company, 2007

Perhaps the most common of the symptoms associated with estrogen loss—affecting approximately 75 percent of women having a natural menopause and 90 percent of those having a surgical menopause—are hot flashes.

“The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health” by Karen J. Carlson, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, M.D., Terra Diane Ziporyn, Alvin & Nancy Baird Library Fund, Harvard University. Press
from The New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health
by Karen J. Carlson, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, et. al.
Harvard University Press, 2004

I have not so far said anything about my own experience of menopause, but here, at the end of my book, is perhaps the place for it.

“The Slow Moon Climbs: The Science, History, and Meaning of Menopause” by Susan Mattern
from The Slow Moon Climbs: The Science, History, and Meaning of Menopause
by Susan Mattern
Princeton University Press, 2019

The best stories come from women who take menopause as an opportunity to embrace the changing needs of their bodies.

“Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone” by Linda Page
from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone
by Linda Page
Healthy Healing Publications, 2004

Menopause is when a woman’s menstrual periods permanently end.

“Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You” by Walt Larimore, Phillip Bishop
from Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You
by Walt Larimore, Phillip Bishop
Harvest House Publishers, 2019

Unless you have specific, extenuating circumstances (only about 6% of American women do), a natural menopause may be the best way.

“Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-healing for Everyone” by Linda G. Rector-Page
from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-healing for Everyone
by Linda G. Rector-Page
Traditional Wisdom, 2000

MANAGING YOUR MENOPAUSE What Is Menopause?

“Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2020 E-Book: 5 Books in 1” by Fred F. Ferri
from Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2020 E-Book: 5 Books in 1
by Fred F. Ferri
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

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  • menopause is the normal thing but pre-menopause is not. i got menopause just at the age of 41 which was the cause of my depression, anxiety, loneliness then i switch to my doctor there i got help with the prescription of menopause care pack which was really helpful to deal with the symptoms

  • The older women used in the WHI study already had heart disease. The Researchers failed to do CIMT (‘carotid intima media’ testing) to screen the subjects beforehand. Contaminated research. And they used Premarin (16 types of horse estrogens) and MPA (the synthetic progestin) instead of Estradiol (Bioidentical Estrogen) and Progesterone (also Bioidentical). I just read a medical journal article noting that women, who have not had any HRT, have arteries that are so rigid (a heart and stroke risk), that when ER MDs give them emergency GTN, it fails to dilate the coronary artery and work. This is highly concerning. ��

  • Wow! this was so helpful and cleared up so much. My grandmother died of ovarian cancer, and with all my female issues that lead up to my hysterectomy, I always had a healthy fear of this for me. Now I know its more than just genetics at play.
    I do have a question that my husband who also watched this video would like to know? His father died of Alzheimer’s at age 69 granted alcohol played a role in his disease (we were told), he wonders if estrogen plays such a role in women and Alzheimers, what plays the biggest roll in men and Alzheimers?

  • Like the person before me said, taking hormone from a horse is not the best idea, why dont they do a clinical trial with bioidentical hormones?

  • Another very informative video! Yikes, watching Dr. Oz today and guest Dr. Mike Dow said that in post-menopausal women, if you experience panic attacks you have triple the risks of heart attack. I can believe that.

  • Pretty in pink again and I love the pretty jewelry! Alzheimers is so scary! I saw a neighbor die of it. Such a sweet man! I am afraid more of Alzheimers than breast cancer.I appreciate this education!

  • Besides, there are many articles that show the benefit of estrogen for cdv. What that doctor said, seems like it is better to be old (safer), than being young

  • MENOPAUSE HAPPENS TO WOMEN BECAUSE THEY ALLOW THE MALES TO HAVE SEX AND BREED WITH THEM BEFORE THEY ARE FULL GROWN AT 45 YEARS OF AGE. IT TAKES 45 YEARS TO ACHIEVE A FULL GROWN MATURE ADULT WOMAN READY FOR BREEDING. BREED BEFORE THIS AND MENOPAUSE HAPPENS. FACT I AM NOW PROOVING!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I have recent vaginal bleeding. My LMP was 1year and a half ago. I am 51. Is it normal still. I dont take any hormonal medications. But I am only taking Ranitidine for my acid reflux. I am looking forward for your response.

  • THANK YOU for telling us Estrogen is not our enemy. That’s just about all i hear on the internet on alternative sites and that progesterone is the magic cure, just slather it on. I was wondering why natural progesterone made me feel fat and awful (i had quit my estrogen because i was not yet full menopause at 56 and was told i didn’t need estrogen until well into menopause) i need to think long and hard about what i’m going to do.

  • An enjoyable video. I am 56, normal menstruation and not yet showing any signs of even early menopause. I am unable to find anything on late onset menopause; any ideas for why this occurs would be welcome.

  • Thank you so much for all the effort and time you are putting in the videos to educate us. I’m 45 old and star with the signs of peri-menopause 4 years ago. I decided to go with my gynecologist and talk about my symptoms, she give me some premarine cream and some pills, call mono-linyah 0.25-35 mg-mcg tab, do you think that prevent me for the diseases of menopause.?

  • I had my last period September 2008 so I’m at almost 12 years past. I took Zoloft and Wellbutrin to combat ‘menopausal brain’ for a couple of years at that time, and then started inserting the estrogen tablets for vaginal dryness after that (off and on). I was operating under the assumption that taking estrogen was dangerous and no doctors tried to explain differently. It sounds like the tiny bit of localized estrogen I was (am) taking does not really countand I’ve now missed that window of opportunity to start taking it. Is that correct?

  • once more, diet can make a huge difference. I never had any premenopause symptoms just because i learned how milk is deleterious to human health and i had already qut milk. over 20 years ago, there was no milk in Chinese population, and women did not experience any pre-menopause syndrome. And other countries alike!

  • If estrogen was so dangerous, why does a womans body fall apart later in life without it? This has been going through my mind as I watch each of your videos.
    The truth about these misconceptions these past 2 videos is empowering.
    Estrogen becomes my bestie more and more each videos as well. ��

  • Men would definitely NOT stop taking testosterone no matter what risk factors you gave them… they will find a way to justify the benefits lol �� and do you know how many of them take ED meds and have heart issues??! ALL of them ����

  • Enjoy learning the truth about these misconceptions.
    Wine triggers my hot flashes so it does not matter how good wine is for me. Well all sugar does wether its dessert or wine or any type of alcohol.
    The biggest thing to fear is a heart attack not breast cancer.
    Why does it seem that hereditary anything means we are doomed to get the same thing? At least in the medical realm they seem to say if cancer is hereditary, runs in your family that you are likely to have it.
    I have found this to be a skeptical statement because the body was made to heal itself if you give it the right conditions.

  • Hearing this video is cute BUT LEARNING THE TRUTH HAS MADE ME furious at the Dr s( there’ve been many) that screwed up my life. I remember 1 gyn telling me to go home and take black cohosh and nothing else. I was do dry, no honeymoon could’ve occurred! Hence!I preferred to not marry and just be friends. Some Drs I hope cgettheir just reward for what they do to people’s lives��️They should’ve been fired. Such
    Sadists!!

  • So my question is this I’ve heard for years that if you have a breast lump or breast cancer is due to estrogen dominance is that true and if this would happen to a person a breast lump or breast cancer what is the best alternative treatment besides having your breasts excised
    And in a woman 67 and having had total abdominal hysterectomy many tears ago.

  • The pain and suffering of covid has been just horrific but being quarantined has brought some incredible precious gifts too, like binge watching YOU Dr Barbie Menopause. My menopause education continues on unabated (and so does the ocean of misinformation I am met with). Your fabulously smart and entertaining efforts are saving and improving lives RAAA:D!!!

  • Ok as much as i like your videos..and I’m entering that age ( had hysterectomy at 48 ovaries left in) so apart from a few hot flashes & terrible sleep i haven’t a clue if im actually in menopause. Doc won’t to blood test says it a waste its a time. (Uk) but as now 51 said probably am.
    I am concerned that you advocate the only way to get through menopause without risks long term is to take HRT.
    Surely menopause is a natural state that women have to go through. Hence wouldn’t the body have a system that wouldnt try to kill half of us off if we don’t take HRT. Do Japanese women take HRT and if not r they having more heart attacks then other races.
    I’ve watched quiet a few of your videos and it is worrying me as i find it hard to believe this is the only way to be healthy in menopause. My Aunts 90 no HRT no HAttack no Alzheimers etc. I do love your info but now am very uneasy about the future

  • I have learned so much from your video classes thank you so much. I had a hysterectomy at 44 fibroids that also overtook my poor ovaries and I grieved. By the way I got my sister interested in your classes and she just told me she binged on them. I’m so glad because I wanted her to know about the window of opportunity! She went to the doctor for estradiol I mentioned progesterone because she has a uterus. I.have been on one form or another of estrogen since I first received a patch when I left the hospital. After years of being miserable I finally latched onto estradiol I felt normal finally. Paid by my insurance. At this point in time I take 1 mg daily pill. I wish I could get femring but it is so expensive and for only one month at a time. I’m 68 and I work full time. Sometimes I don’t think I take enough estradiol and I wonder if I can have the Estring also so my whining vagina would be bathed in estrogen

  • Since peri Menopause is a time of estrogen dominance why would taking estrogen alone help our symptoms? I feel like adding estrogen would just add to the perimenopausal symptoms? I’m having a hard time understanding this, please answer. Thank you!

  • This was one of the most informative of tutorials love the way that you are just straight and on point ����. I am using vagifem and told to use only 2 X a week?! Is that correct as feel not much relief as had hoped?? What is your commendation on this? Something stronger that I could use? Thank you again for all that awesome information that you assist us with! I went to a dinner party and chatted to a lady whom seems to be struggling and gave her your YouTube detail to start she said that she could not believe how much I could talk about and just seemed to give her help with, through my learnings with you Barbie. THANK YOU AGAIN ����

  • I understand everything you are saying in this video!However I dont understand the comment you made to Four eyed lady original about compounded creams. Glad I am talking to you tomorrow. I was having problems with my computer sorry my questions are a little incoherent. My hubby already knows all of the quiz answers we are laughing about it! I bet some of the women don’t even get them all right LOL!

  • if  Serms act like estrogen, can a person take a serm to help with some of the symptoms of menopause in which the estrogen window has not closed?

  • I have been told to use vitex by doctors and then another doctor said no Vitex is progesterone prominent and you don’t need that since you’ve had a total abdominal hysterectomy and then I was told to eat flax seeds then another doctor said no flax seeds are high in estrogen and since you had a hysterectomy you don’t need estrogen I’m so confused

  • Venlafaxine is not approved by the FDA for hot flashes and techincally it is not an SSRI. There is an actual SSRI, paroxetine, which is approved by the FDA for hot flashes.

  • I think I’ve watched all your awesome videos (yes in order lol). I’m 55 and started HRT with my doctor one week ago tomorrow. I’ve tried to make the best intellectually educated decision I could, but the fact that my mother had breast cancer and died from it and I’ve never been pregnant nags at my conscience every minute of the day wondering if I’m doing the right thing. I’ve been on birth control for 30+ years though and the only thing keeping me sane is the thought that if I didn’t have any adverse effects to those levels of hormones the levels in HRT should be a walk in the park for me. But maybe I’m way off base here would you care to give me your thoughts Dr.?

  • I’ve watched all your videos in order and love them! I have been taking 1mg pill daily of Estradiol for 4 years but am now finding that dosage isn’t helping much with my menopausal symptoms. You said that 1mg is the minimal dosage for prevention of the top 3 diseases, but how do I know what the optimal dosage is? I’m worried that if 1mg isn’t handling my hot flashes, then maybe it isn’t enough “for me” to prevent the diseases. I’ve increased to 1.5mg and my doctor said I can go up to 2mg if I need to. Will you be doing a video of how much estrogen is “too much”?

  • Thank you for all the information. How do I know which dosage of estrogen I need for preventing heartattacks, Alzheimer etc…. I am not sure if I only tell the doctor about first level symptoms that he will get my dosage right.. any ideas?

  • My
    aunt was going through premenopausal symptoms. She usually had hot flashes,
    vaginal dryness, headache, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression. She was
    taking the allopathic drugs for the same but had no relief. One day she
    discussed her problem with one of her friend. She told her about Planet
    Ayurveda, she visited there, consulted Dr. Vikram Chauhan, Dr. Vikram
    prescribed her with ”Menopause care pack”. Currently she is using the pack
    and is much better.

  • I’ve only just discovered your channel and it’s been so informative. I am worried now as I had an early menopause at 40 and have never taken anything for it. Ive just started now at 55, is that too late? Have I done any damage by not replacing my hormones?

  • The factor which they have missed out is double checking that the biological menopause really IS happening and not the emotional menopause i.e. you need to have a pause / break from men, as a male (if an ex) could also lead to symptoms of depression, mood swings (the man is a nightmare), irregular cycles (stress caused by him), hot flashes (the man is a nightmare causing surges in body temperatures as you lose your temper and cool attempting to evict him). A lot of women feel that there are two types of ‘Menopause.’

  • Thank you Dr. Stefanick.  I suspect that age-related complication upon menopause may be related to diabetes.  I would love to see a study to explain the current “diabetic epidemic” when the WHI demonized HRT.

  • The physician that prescribes my bioidentical hormones recently increased my biest from 2.5 mg daily to 2.5 mg bid (because I had begun having mild hot flashes after 9 years of none). She also increased my progesterone from 75 mg hs to 150 mg hs. I am having the first period I have had in over one year and it is heavy. (Previously, I took progesterone cyclically so I would have periods, but I began taking it daily one year ago to stop having periods.) What would you recommend me to do initially to try to stop the bleeding? I realize I should see my gynecologist if the bleeding becomes a problem. I’ve watched all of your videos, but this has me confused.

  • Hi Doctor I started taking the pill three weeks ago. I was so happy for the decision, but few days ago I started feeling a really bad stomach pain and bloating. Is this normal or there is anything that I can do to prevent this discomfort? Thank you for all your great tutorials.

  • At 73 is it too late to do anything about taking estrogen. Had a hysterectomy at 42 and took estrogen for several years but stopped about 10 years after the hysterectomy. Is it just way too late to do anything to help yourself by taking it?

  • Hi Barbie, I enjoyed your video so much. I missed the window. I’m 55 and just started taking estrogen & progesterone last October. Does that mean that I have irreversible heart and brain damage that will show up later in a heart attack or worse?

  • Wish I knew what that ideal dose was for estradiol (i.e., topical gel) for preventing the diseases of menopause. No one knows what that dose is for any of the formulations on the market. Also, what would be the ideal blood serum levels of that hormone? There is still too much guessing in menopause practices in the USA & i still feel like a guinea pig ��

  • My insurance is not wanting to cover femring. It would be over $500 if I pay for it. I am waiting to see what my Dr. is going to do. I liked what I heard about femring from your book and video. Is it common for insurance to not cover hormones. What do we do when it’s out of our ability to pay?

  • Dr. Barbie, if we do a one-on-one consultation with you, are you able to prescribe since you’re an MD? Or do you have to be practicing?

  • Such an informative video. I have a friend who is on.0375 estradiol patch and 100mg progesterone. She is routinely monitored for uterine thickening and has already had one D&C for a uterine polyp. She recently told me her lining is thickening again. She’s 63. I don’t understand this, as I thought progesterone was supposed to prevent the lining from thickening. I’m confused.

  • Great information Barbie! I’m gonna get myself some estrogen and progesterone! I’m turning 54 in June and have only had a period every 8 months for 3 years. I get lots of hot flashes but I want to protect myself from diseases. My question is, “does HRT cause periods?” Thank you for your tutorials!

  • I went to my doctor to help with HRT. Especially after watching your videos realizing that estrogen is good not bad but she was very skeptical to put me on it so she put me on medroxyprohesterone 2.5 and premarin.3mg. How do I know if this is enough to prevent osteoporosis heart attack and Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and if it is not enough how do I convince my doctor to give me the dosage that I need?

  • Hi, Taylor, My Dr gave me Premarin Sr. 0.625mg and 200mg progesterone. Is that right for starting again? She told me, i think, progesterone for 14 days? It doesn’t say that on my prescription. May have to call her. I prefer the gel but she can’t prescribe for me and someone else have to go to. For now though hope it’s a start. She just warned me about the negative side and wished she said the benefits. Really hope my moods can balance and being myself come back again soon. Trying not to be scared anymore

  • Thank you so very much for all of this useful information. I went from being scared and unsure to informed and empowered to do what I need to do for my health and well being!! You are very much appreciated!!!!

  • Better and better, the more videos the deeper we seem to go. I’m so appreciative Dr. Barbie! I was late seeing last week’s video, wow, it summed everything up perfectly! It was tough to swallow in places, this week is just as informative. Thank you so much, I love you! ❤️❤️❤️

  • I have watched your videos and bought your book. I found a menopause specialist and saw her 2 days ago. My last period was June 2009. She prescribed femring and oral progesterone. I have not started it yet. I have avoided hormones my whole life. You changed my thoughts about this, but I’m still nervous about making a life changing decision that is against the norm. Any reassurance from someone who has done hormones and are happy they did this would be greatly appreciated. I don’t know anyone else doing this. The Dr. I saw didn’t seem to put much weight to bone density tests and goes by guidelines of age 65 unless high risk. I am a high risk person for osteoporosis. Thank you Dr. Taylor for the time and energy you have put into your videos and book.

  • Informative, myth-busting video. After discovering the knowledge, I’m not fearful of estrogen anymore. I have a question about tingling/numbness in the palms of hands due to menopause. (I don’t remember this being discussed before, but I could be wrong.) I sometimes will get this now, especially the week during the break in my cycle from taking the Ortho Tricyclen Lo. I’ve heard this is a symptom of menopause. What is your experience with this? Thank you.

  • Hi Dr. Barbie, In discussion regarding  dosages, wouldn’t the size of a person make a difference? I am on the petite side, so would I take the same dosage as a larger person? When you say there is a “minimum or recommended dosage” to protect us from certain diseases, I cannot imagine it to be a one size fits all. Please clarify. Thank you so much for all you do for women everywhere!!! We love you!

  • menopause is the most natural phase of life which comes in every single life of women we should deal it with several ways like proper life style, exercise, routine. when i got first time i start to take menopause care pack by planet ayurveda which is very helpful to support the female health at that time.

  • Dr. Taylor,
    Didn’t you say in your video about dosages that estrogen in gel form should be 1%?
    Just got back on Estrogel after seeing my doctor for my yearly check up.
    Despite asking him for a higher dosage this time, he still prescribed me a 0.006% one.
    I explained that this dosage didn’t seem to do much for my symptoms when I tried it for about three months last year, and also asked if this dosage would still protect me from the long term risks. He seemed not to want to dwell on it but to tell me I could use it 2x a day if I thought I needed more…(?!) Well, let’s see: a good reason why that is not optimal is that I will have to pay for refills more frequently and will have to apply it twice a day instead of one. Still, no higher dosage.
    Are there other concentrations for it and if so, I am thinking some doctors are really wary of liability because of all this estrogen fear.
    What do you advise me to do? I want to make sure I am benefiting all I can from my ER. Time to find a new doctor?
    Thanks!

  • Dear Doctor B, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your videos and all of the useful stuff information! Thank you soooo much for putting these together. I’m postmenopausal and after a couple of years of using only natural supplements, I started taking estrogen and progesterone, as I still have my uterus. My conundrum is how would I know the right dosage. I increased the estrogen to 200 mg per day and I started spotting. My sonogram came back normal. My doctor said I need more progesterone. So I went down to 150 mg of estrogen and my panic attacks have resumed. What do you recommend? Let me know if I should have a consultation with you. Thanks so much!!

  • Dr. Taylor-I really appreciate the time and effort you put into your videos. Salient scientific content, great audio-visuals, and emphatic presentation style all create great learning and application dynamics for us in the menopausal phase of our lives. I’m a RN and a medical researcher, and your videos have saved me hundreds of hours of trying to do my own research to understand all the ins/outs of menopause. A heartfelt thank you, again!

  • Wow! The most shocking is how many of us are ignorant to all this information. Worse, it is not even available, not even doctors seem to know. I hope one day your book is translated. I believe every woman I know (I’m mexican) is full of misconceptions including myself. Thankyou for your wonderful videos, props, sense of humor and most of all, real information without any tricks… I have passed from feeling I was selling my soul to the devil (HRT) to feeling grateful and lucky it is not the end of the world. I,m 56 and the symptoms hit me like a load of bricks about two yrs ago, I never imagined it was the beginning of menopause. I did not even relate it to this, I thought I had something else. I was expecting hot flashes and bad moods, I felt I had suddenly developed various diseases all together. Fortunately this depressing situation made me start reading a lot about the subject and that led me to you!

  • I’m a little bit confused…if our bodies thrive on estrogen why is becoming dangerous after a certan age? if you are diabetic you take insulin till your last day…why is not the same with estrogen?

  • Well I must thank you as I have learnt so much from you and I now do know a lot about menopause. I am still on the search for a doctor who knows the same. I fell like saying to them WRONG in the same way as you do. Thanks my friend x

  • I know you had fun saying “WRONG”���� but in all seriousnessthe one thing my now retired ob/gyn told me after she delivered both my kids… protect your heart and don’t worry too much about the breast cancer based on my history…. and this always stuck with me…. �������� so many misconceptions ��

  • My husband discovered your videos on YouTube & introduced me to you. I experienced perimenopause from ages 40-52…at age 64 however the God awful postmenopausal symptoms struck out of literally nowhere and I honestly thought my life was over. Prior treatment had been Premarin vaginal cream. Now I am on estrogen cream & progesterone capsules (BHRT). I no longer live on a heating paid with 24/7 fatigue, insomnia & God awful night sweats that plagued me night after night. Thank you…you are delightful!

  • Why do gynecologists here claim that progesterone is also important for breast health esp. if one does not have a uterus? Any insight? They are gyns. They must know what they are talking about, right?

  • Dr Taylor I adore your humor, admire and appreciate your knowledge. Your passion is off the scales. Thanks for caring. I have a appointment in Dec I have to get caught up to be ready. Thanks so much������

  • I started using my prometrium 100 mg. little pink pill vaginally at night days 1thru 25. And am taking 0.5 estriadol the entire month. Previously was taking progesterone orally same amount of days and what I have noticed is a lot less anxiety than I had when taking progesterone orally. Does using prometrium vaginal route work the same way as orally? I was on the oral route of both since age 51 and am now 57…I feel good!!!! My insurance will not cover other forms of vaginal progesterone. Thank you for the amazing videos. I think you are such a amazing Dr. and advocate for menopausal woman!!!! Thank you, thank you.

  • Thank you for a great video again.A woman in my family makes a treatment against breat cancer with a pill that supress estrogen.I got the information that some cancer are stimulated trough estrogen.Could you please speak about it?

  • All I know is that I have been told not to take Estrogen with Blood clot HX. Hoping to see you soon and embark on the friendship and asking for help from a friend!:)
    Happy Monday!!

  • Estrogen is “dangerous” conveniently when women are no longer fertile. Big Pharma saves money this way also the medical establishment gets to test & treat women endlessly & needlessly for diseases that could have been avoided by taking HRT; MD’s make a lot of money this way. I say: “Follow the money.” During our lives, women are not respected or treated as an equal to men esp. during the infertile years… ��

  • I am so thankful that I found you! I have read so many books about menopause and have now found out how misinformed I am. You said that the cycles of estrogen and progesterone are what increases the risk of breast cancer. I had always thought that cyclic cycles like Wiley Protocol were safer than continuous cycles since they caused a shedding each month. I tried Wiley for 18 months and it did not work for me, probably because of the unregulated mail order pharmacies. I tried 3 different ones too. My labs were never spot on. I am now taking the Combi-patch, 50mcg-140mcg. I recall you said we need at least.1mg of estradiol to prevent disease. I am still not sleeping through most nights at 7 weeks, so am wondering if I should switch to the Fem-ring with oral progesterone. Am I getting enough hormones with this patch? Thank you for this education and so very grateful for your response Dr. Taylor.

  • Dr Barbie I am seeing my doctor tomorrow may I suggest the pill. I’m 49 in December. I’m on progesterone cream bio identical. Also DHEA. for my adrenal fatigue. What pill and dosage would you recommend if so? And would I then be able to stop my bio identical progesterone cream.i still have very irregular long heavy periods, although they are getting wider spread out. Thank you ��

  • Wow! This was (yet another) awesome tutorial! I am proud to say that I was only slightly stumped by one of the misconceptions (the one with the wine) and that is all due to your wonderful teachings via these tutorials. I am interested to see what my gynecologist says with regard to how long she will continue to prescribe the combipatch (or some other form of estrogen/progesterone) for me (I just started it in August of last year) as I remember her saying I would be on the lowest dosage for the shortest period of time. She can’t possibly think that this is some transitional state and that all menopausal symptoms will magically disappear. And what about risks related to alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and heart attacks? That meeting should be interesting. I am hoping she will be flexible as I truly like her, but I may start searching ahead of time to see if there are gynecologists who specialize in menopause in my city before our meeting, just in case (and pray that they are part of my insurance network!). Again, thank you for everything you do for us!!!!

  • Dear Dr. Taylor, This is my 2nd part to my question:   I am now 70 years of age,  I had a partial hysterectomy at 35.  Did not have ovaries removed,  Never took estrogen.   In your previous video you told about symptoms of menopause, such as mood,irritability,fatigue, and some other symptoms in which the estrogen window does not close.  Can I take estrogen or can I take a serm ; one that is friendly to the heart?   Please answer.  Thank you for all the info you give to us.  I have learned so much from you!

  • My TAH BSO was nine weeks ago. I know I need estrogen. My surgery follow up is in a week. I hope she’ll give me some until I can find a gyno of my own. Gyno oncology doesn’t need to see me since the mass was benign and early endometrial cancer didn’t spread.

  • I’m so sad. I’m all caught up on your videos! I’ve enjoyed them so much. They were the highlight of my day! So I think I’ll start from No. 1 again!
    Thank you!!

  • Hormone pellets “installed” yesterday for first time in 50 years (not painful at all for me) (diagnosed with menopause last year). �� I am very pleased with the process. Ps I am supposed to start, what is called, a DIM supplement in 2 weeks. That was an unknown to me, in terms of incorporating it into HRT. Also, ADK supplement added in (vitamin A, Vit D3 and K2).

  • What an eye-opener especially the myth on your risk for breast cancer being only on first degree maternal side. Does the same hold true for other types of cancer? My paternal grandmother died of bowel cancer as did my father five years ago and when doctors ask for my family history I of course tell them that and they write it down but they never say if I’m at risk. It’s kind of aggravating but I’ve just learned to be my on advocate and avoid eating the way they did because I figure even if it’s genetic it’s like a loaded gun but I certainly don’t want to pull the trigger! Great video!! I feel so empowered!!

  • Dear Barbie I really love all information you give us. But I am one of those with many misconception about estrogen replacement.
    In my defense I say that was my own experience with birth control that made me think that hormone treatments weren’t good options: I gained a lot of weights, the libido became 0, I started to have spider veins, used to have terrible headaches. All of these finished when I stopped to use pills as birth control. Believe me, it is hard for me now to deal with these inconveniences or others. Do you think I have to choose? Is it a matter of balance pro and cons of hormone substitution treatment? Does necessarily the hormonal substitution have secondary effects?

  • I carry BRCA2 mutation I don’t understand how can you say that only first degree relatives count for breast cancer risk. There are 9 woman in my maternal side that have had breast cancer. I know I’m a carrier because my maternal cousin took the genetic test when she was diagnosed with stage 4 beast cancer. I was tested and carry the exact same gene mutation. My mother my mothers mother and many of my mothers maternal cousins have had breast cancer. It seems that family history beyond first degree relatives is still a factor unless the genetic mutation has tested negative in a carriers children therefore the mutation would not be passed on. My mother refused genetic testing but I know this mutation was passed on by her and her mother passed it on to my mother and to my mothers brother who passed it on to his daughter my cousin therefore making your fathers family count as a risk factor.

  • Gosh none of those apply unless it’s the vitamin D deficiency. I’m taking D3 along with calcium which I heard you say doesn’t really remedy it.

  • This may be a stupid question, but are heart palpitations in peri and post menopause any kind of an “barometer” as to whether or not you may be at higher risk of a heart attack later without taking estrogen?

  • Hi Dr. Barbie does it surprise you that some doctors say that hrt may be hard on the liver and that péri and post menopause is also an adrenal and liver issue, (the liver might not be able to break down the hormones since it is stagnating). Also, is hashimotos and thyroid replacement hormone compatible with HRT? I would like to either book a one on one consultation or attend a seminar but before I sign up would like to know if anyone answer emails sent to the contact me page? Thanks so much for your educative passion! Sorry for so many chaotic questions…

  • I feel so grateful for all you have taught us. Thank you so much. I am about to start the low dose of HRT that my Dr prescribed me but plan on going back next month for a higher dose since I know know that.5 MG of Estradiol is not beneficial for long term benefits. I have not had my period for over 1 year. I was told I needed the progesterone and will have my periods again. Is there another formulation like taking progesterone daily with estrogen so I don’t have to have periods again? I plan on taking HRT for life but can’t imagine having to go thru a period the rest of my life. What would you suggest Dr Menapause Taylor?

  • In regards to last weeks episode, the estrogen dominance phenomenon, so I guess your saying that the list the holistic and complementary world puts out there, the list of ails that can come from estrogen dominance are all false?

  • Thank you so much for clearing this up. Looking forward to getting my bioidentical estrogen soon. I have only been on progesterone and testosterone and vaginal estrogen. I’m glad I found your videos and information. I want to be healthy.

  • I don’t think i have ever heard anyone teach and explain anything in a better way than you do….you are so thorough,interesting, and i love your props…..you make it so easy to understand. I sure learned a lot about these misconceptions!!��

  • Thanks Dr. I think by becoming so much more informed that I am angry and frustrated that this information is not widely understood by others. There are so many women my age (early 50s) who don’t even know there are options. And if they do, then they assume the options come with high risk. Seriously! We need to get our act together thankyou for being a pioneer, advocate, educator, and carer of all womenkind ��

  • I can’t take hormones. Even otc estrodial gives me weight gain and makes my breasts hurt. What else can you use if you can’t take hormones?

  • The biggest surprise to me is that once you start exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s half of your brain is gone! OMG does that ever suck…

  • i just got my estradiol level check and it’s at <5.0, What estradiol range should it be for some one that is in mid 50's. i have so many bad symptoms specially, not able sleep for past two years. I just started 0.5 mg estradiol patch and 100mg progesterone. If need to be can i go higher on the estradiol patch.

  • What do you think of having bigger and firmer breast with Clegenatur Methods? I see many people keep on talking about Clegenatur Methods.

  • What happens to endometriosis during menopause? Is it safe to take estrogen and progesteron or will it stimulate endometriosis (if it was there pre-menopause)?

  • My bff sent me a video of you about a week ago but only today I watched it. Holy moly you are spot on regarding estrogen. I watched many of your videos, yes I do plan to binge on all of them from the start. Today I went out and bought soy, vegan groceries. I’m 49, and feel the drop in estrogen. I tend to wake up at 3 am and pass out by 9 each night. I’d defenetily not be afraid to try estrogen, maybe soy for now. I remember living in Romania and our dictator pushed soy beans on the women. Hmmm, always wondered why?

  • Most of my friends are “sailing through menopause” or are simply “too young” for it! �� IMO, MD’s love patients like these so does Big Pharma… �� Medicine is not helping women in this area of health. ☤

  • Thankyou so much for this, very factual and clear, I got on here from your high hamstring tendinopathy video. Lots of good advice for adapting to change. I think my physio is too young and male, his program isn’t working for me… but I don’t feel like talking to him about menopause!