Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
    Jemyls posted:
    I will be 45 this year and am experiencing many of the perimenopause symtoms. I have been reading up and learning about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and woud like to know has anyone used them and how effective has it been and is it safe. I feel like I'm going crazy and my body does whatever it wants to and I have no control. The weight gain and mood swings are the hardest to deal with. Aches all over and no energy is a problem too and I'm desperate for a solution. I want to enjoy life and this is not acceptable.
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear Jemlys,
    Do read about bioidentical hormones-but don't go to a compounding pharmacy to find them. Please talk with your health care provider, if you are interested in them: and your health care provider can prescribe for you bioidentical products (estrogen in patches or gels) and progesterone, if needed, in pills or vaginal gels-from regulated pharmaceutical companies, with inspected plants. If your health care provider doesn't know about these, go to the website of the North American Menopause Society,, and you can find a list of certified menopause practitioners near you, who would know all about these regular approved products-all plant derived, and tested.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane
    Jemyls replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
    Thank you so much for your advice. I will surely be looking into this and talking to my Dr. It's been a rough journey the past year and the worst of it has been the weight gain.
    Thank you,
    wcarolegr responded:
    Liquid Calcium,Boron at least 125mcg and beta-carotene will stop the heat flashes. Takes 3 to 5 days. You can get this at Wal-Mart there equate brand of multivitamin has the borob and the beta-carotene. They also have the Sundown brand of Liquid-filled Calcium. This works

    Featuring Experts

    Mary Jane Minkin, MD, is a nationally recognized obstetrician gynecologist, with a special interest in menopause. Dr. Minkin is clinical professor of ...More

    Helpful Tips

    Fact or fiction? Estrogen therapy is an option for all menopausal womenExpert
    Fiction: Only women who no longer have a uterus should consider using esdtrogen-alone therapy (ET). For women with a uterus, the option ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    33 of 47 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the North American Menopause Society website