You need to find a doctor who knows what they are talking about re Bio-identical Hormone replacement. There is a huge amount of mis-information out there so you need to research it yourself and make the decision.
i basically walked into my doctors office and told them what I wanted and at what dose, because of my test results - I had read and informed myself and I honestly believe I knew more than she did.
Do not go on synthetic hormones - and you probably need to look at the different types of estrogens and progesterones - particularly for Osteoporosis and prevention of heart disease. If you keep your hormones balanced it can prevent cancer.
There is another book by Jonathan Wright which has a more research/medical angle - but suzannes is a good start.
I have only just turned 46, went through menopause at 42 and was tired of feeling depressed, unhappy and ready to rip my husbands head off... LOL. My doctor kept trying to give me anti-depressants but I knew that wasn't what was wrong with me.
My sister went through menopause at the same age as me - but she is 10 years older - and has quite serious bone thinning already in her mid-50's.
Once I started on bio-identicals (including a small amount of testosterone) my moods are better, I actually have a sex drive again, - I feel like "me" again.
For anyone else wanting to add to this thread - I would really encourage people to think before they post - it does no good to say - "I worked for a doctor and he said...." or "dr oz says" - its all hearsay - unless you have read the research for and against, you aren't qualified to comment.
I can't see how replacing natural hormones (which the body doesn't make anymore) can be harmful - as long as they are natural hormones, with molecules exactly the same as the ones our body used to make.
I hope this helps...