Question: I need some advice on my menopause symptoms that are still a big problem. I’m now on Noriday from a recommendation by my doctor. But I ache all over, feel suffer fatigued, I’m still depressed… Am I to accept this as just my age? I’m only 51 years old!

Larry’s Response: I understand your frustration. You’re one of THOUSANDS of women being treated with drugs for symptoms that are far easier to address naturally. However, using a drug like Noriday can actually make matters worse – and sometimes make it difficult to correct even after stopping the drug. Prescriptions for drugs like Noriday are common and the accepted treatment form for practically all menopause-related “problems”. They present their own list of symptoms and – as you see – might even worsen the symptoms you are trying to resolve.

I have concluded that only a tiny number of people ever need additional estrogen or synthetic progestins, yet that is the most common suggestion for treatment. Birth control pills and conjugated estrogens have been in use for a long time. They are a norm, yet unnecessary. Everyone BELIEVES that women always need estrogen at menopause. That’s false, yet still believed by doctors and lay people alike. It is all but impossible to confront a belief with fact. Facts seem to always take a back seat to beliefs. I find it very difficult to find people who agree with me about how estrogens are unnecessary.

In the past I would always suggest hormone tests. Over the years I found that practically everyone had the same set of symptoms (in different amounts) and that they were practically all associated with hormone imbalance. That’s something that is relatively easy to address. Yes, a hormone test (saliva is my preferred) can help. But, so can using progesterone as a supplement without bothering with the cost of a test. I must point out, though, that progesterone supplements would not likely help if a person is also using any synthetic hormone products, such as birth control pills (Noriday, for example).

Please do not stop taking Noriday without discussing it with the doctor who ordered it.