Menopause | Robert Lang, MD

Depression… Chronic Fatigue… Weight Gain… Hair Loss… Low Sex Drive…



Discover Natural Solutions To Your Menopause Complaints

Eventually, all women reach menopause – it’s a natural and normal part of life. But the symptoms, the discomforts, the stress so many women experience leading up to menopause are not natural.

These aren’t minor or trivial matters. The distresses you feel can and do severely interfere with your daily life, and especially your most intimate relationships.

Many of my women patients come to me as a last resort. They’ve seen their family doctor, been to an Internal Med specialist… many have even gone to several OB-GYN practitioners.

And each time it’s the same frustrating, monotonous drill…

  • “You have to learn to live with it…”
  • “It’s all in your head…”
  • “It will get better on it’s own soon…”
  • “You must be under a lot of stress…”
  • “You’re just depressed…”

Well, yes! If you were feeling lousy day after day, week after week, month after month, of course you’d be depressed and under stress!

So you’re sent away with a pat on the hand, some useless advice about reducing stress, and probably a prescription for a mild anti-depressant as well.

Well, the fact of the matter is this… it’s not all in your head. It’s not natural to feel miserable all of the time. And your stress is the result, not the cause of your complaints.

Although they are being more widely prescribed, and in some women are a true gift from heaven, anti-depressants rarely help. In fact, for some women, they may make things worse.

Even if they do help, antidepressants rarely, if ever, solve the entire problem. Whether they help or not, in addition to your aches, pains and bodily changes - by suggesting you may be suffering from depression, you may now feel more guilty and upset than ever – believing there must be something wrong with your attitude or even your mind.

Those of you who persist and ask about natural hormone treatments will be quickly silenced by most practitioners.

“Hormones are dangerous, you’ll be told.” Or even more incredible, “Natural hormones are a big myth. There’s no difference between them and the prescription ones we recommend. They are not standardized, they are not FDA approved…”

The same with non-prescription alternatives. You’ll be bluntly told none of them work. Your practitioner may even quote you the ‘latest study’ ‘proving’ that they don’t work. Then you’ll hear, don’t even bother to try. But what’s left unsaid is that if it doesn’t come from a big drug company, your physician doesn’t want to know about it.

But here’s the elephant in the room all these physicians are trying to ignore: These natural supplements have been used for 100’s of years. They’ve persisted this long for one simple reason, they work.

Yes, there have been studies purporting to show supplements aren’t effective. But also be aware that closer scrutiny conducted by experts in herbal medicine reveal the research into these supplements was flawed – sometimes deliberately so.

Be careful of ‘experts’ stating without doubt that specialized supplements are useless. Because the fact of the matter is this: if they can’t prescribe it, in their minds it doesn’t exist. That’s not to say these supplements work in everyone.

Just like prescription medicines, each person reacts differently. But I do say a reliable supplement is at the very least safe, which is a lot more than what many (if not most) prescription medicines can claim.

If you doubt me, just listen to the appalling list of side effects mentioned in those TV drug ads for almost every prescription touted. The “cure” usually sounds far worse than the disease!

Some Heart to Heart Advice:

Please bear in mind, it’s vitally important to live a healthy lifestyle.

If your diet consists of fast food, Twinkies, and soda pop – you’ll eventually have to face up to the fact that you’re never going to feel fit and well. In fact, the only thing you’ll have to look forward to is a life of infirmity, sickness and probably an early grave.

Your diet is paramount. High quality protein, such as wild caught fish and hormone free poultry, along with organic fruits, vegetables, beans and high fiber whole grains and breads are a big plus. Regular exercise that gets your heart rate strongly pumping for at least 5 minutes a session is recommended.

And please, avoid as much as possible artificial ingredients & sweeteners, pesticides and other chemicals that slow down your body’s ability to heal.

Remember, there are no easy replacements for your original equipment!

Be well…


Menopause usually occurs around the age of fifty but can be earlier or later. Menopause is the point in a woman's life when she has not had a menstrual period for at least 1 year.

Marking the end of the childbearing years, menopause is often called “the change of life.” Although menopause is a natural part of growing older, many woman needlessly suffer from symptoms that can be naturally, safely and relatively quickly alleviated.

As your egg supply matures, your body begins to ovulate less. Your hormone levels fluctuate, causing all or some of the symptoms below. Estrogen levels can rise or fall, and progesterone levels tend to drop, with the menstrual cycle becoming irregular - at times heavy, other times lighter, but eventually stopping altogether.

As there are still no reliable laboratory tests for determining true menopause, your doctor will be able to tell by your symptoms. (It is well documented that tests can be “diagnostic” of menopause, meaning they only indicate a possibility of menopause, and not the final event.)

Symptoms related to menopause are caused by the changing or dropping hormone levels, and usually end 1 or 2 years after menopause. Some unlucky women continue to have symptoms for 5 or more years afterward.

Menopause symptoms are basically the same as you read for peri-menopause:

  • Hot flashes and/or night sweats
  • Feeling chilled or cold (sometimes a sign of low thyroid)
  • Changes in your monthly period (You are officially postmenopausal when you have not had a period for 1 year.)
  • Sleep disturbances (insomnia)
  • Emotional changes, such as mood swings or irritability - especially with those closest to you
  • Depression, sometimes chronic
  • A change in sexual interest and response, usually a deeply decreased libido
  • Problems with concentration and memory, linked to sleep loss and fluctuating hormones (which are not a permanent sign of aging)
  • Headaches, sometimes severe migraines
  • Rapid, irregular heartbeats (heart palpitations)
  • Generalized itching “crawling” skin
  • Weight gain

Not Just Menopause…

These symptoms are not only related to menopause or peri-menopause. They can be caused by other medical problems, including pregnancy, a significant weight change, depression, anxiety, adrenal disorders, or uterine, thyroid, or pituitary problems.

When menopause starts abruptly due to surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy, your symptoms can be much more severe than usual. Preexisting conditions such as depression, anxiety, sleep problems, or irritability can get worse during the time leading up to menopause.


Peri-menopause is simply the name given to the changes leading up to menopause. It can start as early as your late 30s, or as late as your early to mid- 50s.

How long peri-menopause persists varies on the individual. Symptoms can last on and off for 2-8 years, and occasionally, longer. A long time to go before experiencing relief.

So what are the most common signs of peri-menopause?

  • Hot flashes and/or night sweats
  • Changes in your monthly period
  • Sleep disturbances (insomnia)
  • Emotional changes, such as mood swings or irritability - especially with those close to you
  • Depression, sometimes chronic
  • A change in sexual interest and response, usually a deeply decreased libido
  • Problems with concentration and memory, linked to sleep loss and fluctuating hormones (which are not a permanent sign of aging)
  • Headaches, sometimes severe migraines
  • Rapid, irregular heartbeats (heart palpitations)
  • Generalized itching, “crawling” skin
  • Weight gain

But there is good news in all of this. You don’t have to wait it out in silent misery…


Here are several products many of my women patients find helpful. No one product is right for everyone, but all will work in most women. Use your intuition when choosing the one right for you in starting on your path to relief.

Natural Progeste Cream®
Safe, Reliable & Effective

Peri-menopause is obviously a time of change. One of those changes is a decrease in ovulation frequency. Your menstrual cycles continue because estrogen is still being produced, but they may become more irregular, because the progesterone production following ovulation is missing or deficient (which is known as luteal phase deficiency).

What you probably don’t know is that the hormone progesterone is Mother Nature’s natural relaxer. Where estrogen is considered a stimulating hormone, progesterone is a natural balancer to estrogen.

Progesterone levels are higher during pregnancy than at any other time, and is the reason so many women feel their best when they’re expecting a child.

Thus, for PMS and/or peri-menopausal symptoms, progesterone can lead to significant and, at times seemingly miraculous, symptom relief.

Some of the symptoms progesterone will be helpful in alleviating include:

  • Sore, swollen and/or tender breasts
  • Edema,
  • Depression, anxiety, Irritability
  • Racing thoughts, and its accompanying…
  • Insomnia

How To Use Progeste Cream

Always start 2 weeks before expected menstruation, or 1-2 days before expected onset of symptoms. (If uncertain, use your best guess!)

Follow these guidelines: (Note: tspn equals 1 teaspoon.)

  • First 1 to 3 days: Use a small amount (1/8 tspn) of cream
  • Increase to ¼ tspn for the next 1-3 days, then
  • ½ tspn for 1-3 days

This should generally bring you to about 1 week before expected menses. Then start to decrease dosages over the next week by reversing the process, working down to the ¼ level, then down again to 1/8 tspn.


For example, with too much progesterone, you may feel bloated, have edema, feel depressed, or tired… the similar symptoms of too little progesterone when you still have estrogen. If this is so, adjust the dose downward.

Some women will use the cream for 3 or even 4 weeks because they feel so much better with it. Some will even use it during their menstrual cycle. So adjust the timing to your system. (Remember, this is not one dose fits all and it doesn’t work in everyone.)

Natural Progeste Cream

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PMS Support ®
For Those Who’d Like To Try Herbal Relief First

Used With or Instead of Natural Progeste Cream

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), also known as PMT (premenstrual tension) is the bane of so many modern day women. More than 200 different symptoms are associated with PMS, but the three most common ones are:

  • Irritability
  • Tension
  • Melancholy

By incorporating a special combination of traditionally used herbs and vitamin B6, PMS Support can be extremely helpful for alleviating the symptoms of PMS at any age. Generally, PMS Support is taken daily throughout the menstrual cycle, not just when you’re experiencing PMS discomfort. While a few women will notice rapid improvement, many won’t feel substantial benefits for 1-2 months, with full benefits coming in about 3 months.

PMS support is very gentle to your system, and yet very effective for most women who use it regularly. Any side effects are rare, however if you don’t feel any benefit after 3 months of regular use, discontinue it and try something else.

Recommended Dosage: 1 or 2 capsules of PMS Support a day.

PMS Support

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Black Cohosh
Traditional Native American Herbal Remedy

Black cohosh, used by Native Americans for centuries, is derived from a perennial plant native to eastern North America. How effective is black cohosh? Consider this - in Germany, like many other herbs, it’s sold like a drug because it has been tested and shown to work effectively.

Contrary to popular belief, even though it frequently relieves menopausal symptoms, black cohosh is not estrogenic, and likewise does not increase the risk of cancer.

Using Black Cohosh

Recommended Dosage 80 mg vs 250 mg Capsules – Which is Better for You?

  • Interestingly, some women exhibit symptom relief with low doses, starting off with the 80 mg capsules
  • Others will need the larger 250 mg capsules
  • If unsure, start with the 80 mg and double or triple until you get relief

“Always start low and go slow.”

As with most herbal remedies, they are gentle and work slowly; patience is a virtue. With authentic unadulterated black cohosh, serious side effects are unheard of. On the other hand, if this isn’t right for your system your body will have a slight reaction telling you so. Simply discontinue and try something else.

Black Cohosh Extract

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Menopause Support ®

For those who prefer a combination of low dose herbs, Menopause Support from Vital Nutrients is just the ticket. It’s synergistic combination of ingredients are a compilation of herbs that have been used alone and in various combinations for hundreds of years. Unlike many, cheaper herbal preparations, all of the ingredients in Menopause Support have been tested for the absolute highest standard of purity.

  • No pesticides
  • No heavy metals
  • No artificial contaminants

Each capsule contains the authentic herbs - you get the real deal and not some worthless filler. Plus, potency is assured, meaning you’ll never have to worry about dilution – and having to take multiple capsules just to get the desired result.

Recommended Dosage: 2 capsules once or twice daily, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.

Again, this isn’t a quick fix, and may take up to 3 months to get the full effect.

Menopause Support

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