Radio Interview: Dr. Shira Miller on Menopause and Bioidentical Hormones

Shira Miller, M.D.Men, Women1 Comment

Last month, I was interviewed by Kim McMillon on the Arts in the Valley radio show at 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, California.

We discussed:

  1. The difference between perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause
  2. The short and longterm side-effects of menopause
  3. Isn’t menopause natural?
  4. How are bio-identical hormones different from Premarin and Prempro?
  5. Do hormones increase the risk of breast cancer and heart disease?
  6. What’s the best way to take bio-identical hormones?
  7. What is male menopause?
  8. Where can I find a doctor who prescribes bio-identical hormones?
  9. What does Suzanne Somers have to do with it?

Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions.

Click here to download the MP3 file and listen to the interview.

  • Sandara

    Anyone have any suggestions to get the hoomnre cream to rub into the skin? I have been using the cream for Testosterone as well as estrogen and I have to say that I hate it. I have been told to apply it in my thin skin just before bed. Well, here I am in the nude trying to rub this slime into my skin and it does not absorb AT ALL. It just sits on my skin like paint that won’t dry. I rub rub rub and then wait for what seems like an eternity and still it just sits on my skin. After about 5 minutes I give up and put on my night shirt which then sticks to me where the cream was applied. Then, of course, within half an hour of getting into bed I usually get a hot flash. Then, the cream just turns into this stickly slimy sludge that just saturates my night shirt and the bedding. I hate it. It is slimy and sticky and feels horrible on my skin.I am also concerned that this is just a waste since I am still having hot flashes every couple of hours every day all day and night. I’m betting that this miracle cream (ha!) is just becoming a crust on my skin and then wiping away on my clothes. I have to say that I liked the pills better. At least you could just take them and go to bed. This nightly ritual of eeew yuck is just really starting to make me just want to stop taking them completely.Any suggestions?

  • Joni

    Hi Everyone: I have been on bioidentical eonmorhs for aprox. 8 months. I was suffering terribly with menopause. I felt depressed, angry, weight gain, aged, and not feeling like I could hold my thoughts together. I had to quit my job because my symptoms were horrible.I started on the bioidentical creams of testosterone 2mg,30 Bi_Est(80/20) 1.25m/GM , and 15 Progesterone 100MG/.5 and I have to tell you that I was alittle sceptical in thinking that nothing was going to help me. Well I’m here to tell you that this is the best I have felt since I was a young teenager. I am 54 yrs old now and have not felt better. Although I am having one major problem right now.I don’t know if this is attributed to the 3 creams that I apply to my wrist daily, but I have the worse arm pain. I will be seeing an orthopedic doctor on Monday to see what is causing this pain in my arm that has come on gradually since I started using these creams. I don’t want to get off of them, because I feel wonderful when taking them. I have gotten off of them several times to see if that was the problem, and my arm pain decreased but have always returned to taking them again because I become so menopausal.I can tell you that if you are on the border of deciding whether to take these or not, DO IT!! I would have never believed the miracle of taking my menopausal symptoms away. By the way, my insurace pays for this treatment and I pay copays.I would really like feedback from anybody who are using bioidenticals to see if they have any problems with arm pain and if there is something that can be done to alieate my arm pain symptoms.

  • Grandma Suzy

    This subject is very important and ignorance of the facts can get you in trouble and the chemical imbalance can make you think you are actually going crazy.The Drug Premarin really messed me up and I was having panic attacks, my immune system bottomed out, and I had 8 months of hell trying to get better. Thankfully I researched Premarin and realized it was bad news, even though the doctors labeled it stress and depression and put me through a lot of medications. I did end up depressed and suicidal. Premarin is hard to get out of your system. You have to wean yourself off it and the doctor had me on a HIGH dose. Even then it takes 5 weeks after the weaning process to get out of your system. I am now off all anti-depressants because of my doctor using blood work and perscribing natural hormones at levels my body needs. Every women should make an informed decision when dealing with Menopause. My aging process has slowed, hot flashes are a distant memory and my sex life is no longer painful.

  • Diana

    well, I hope I’m doing the right thing for myself. I guess I’l know in a few weeks, or so I was told by Jan , who works at Dr. John Farmers oficfe in Louisville KY. I had blood drawn last wed. and I’m going in this coming Wed. I guess for my first pellets..Although no one has really been very clear as to the procedure policies.. I have not seen Dr. Farmer and I’m wondering if I will see him on my next visit. This is the pellet treatments. I have read good and bad things about it and feel it’s worth the risk. I hope I’m right. I had a complete hysterectomy 17 years ago and I was not even ask about HRT and I woke up with a patch on my hip and was told what it was..I used various forms of treatment , patches, pills, until the big scare a few years ago, then I stopped. O I’m 60 years old. I have not felt well since . Sooo, here I go, I will keep you posted here as to my out come , or progression through this process. I’m praying .. I just want to feel normal. So far they have not warned me about any kind of adverse effects that might accompany HRC. Only the good things, I’m gonna feel like I’m 20 again I was told by Jan, more energy, better sex, loosing weight, sleeping better, better skin, ect. It all sounds too good to be true, and remember what you have been told about that! and it’s only $3,000.00 dollars a’s not cheap! so..I’ll let you know how it goes. Wondering if anyone here is from Louisville KY and has received treatment here too ? Judy