Too funny, Pete! I came in at the end of the thread, so I was like what the heck!? Had to go back and read the whole thing.
There are some natural remedies for peri/menopause.
MACA is one:
SOOTHE MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS
For women, maca has a long-standing reputation for soothing menopausal symptoms. A study published in the International Journal of Biomedical Science
details research at five sites in Poland, focusing on 124 women, ages
49 to 58, in the early stages of menopause. During the study, the women
took varied combinations of either a placebo or 2,000 mg of maca every
Compared with placebo users, those taking maca
experienced significant reductions—84% on average—in the frequency and
severity of menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flashes and night
In a substudy of the trial, researchers found that the women taking maca had a notable increase in bone density.
How it works:
Blood tests showed that maca
reduced follicle-stimulating hormone, which normally increases during
menopause and is thought to be one cause of troublesome symptoms, such
as hot flashes and night sweats. Study authors speculate that maca
stimulates the regulatory mechanism responsible for optimizing ovarian
function and estrogen secretion, significantly increasing the level of
estradiol in a woman’s body.
It appears, then, that maca offers a safe and effective way to reduce
menopausal symptoms—and it is unlikely to increase a woman’s risk for
breast cancer, heart disease and stroke, as can non-bioidentical hormone
We don’t know this for certain, but the fact that breast cancer is
not among the leading causes of death in Peruvian women, despite a diet
rich in maca, supports the assumption. In addition, increases in
estradiol as a result of taking maca supplements may be safer than
adding a hormone to a woman’s system because maca appears to stimulate
the body’s natural estrogen production.
And if you look into HRT (hormone replacement therapy) please please please do the bioidentical hormones. Read Suzanne Somers' books for the most current info.