Susan, I agree with Dr. VanWingen. I just went to a lecture on the most up-to-date research on menopause and hormone supplementation. After looking at all the studies the expert recommendation was: If you are not having problems with symptoms then don't take extra mormon supplementation. There are small but real health risks for women who take estrogen and progesterone supplementation (such as increased risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and certain kinds of cancers). If you are having problems with symptoms, then it might be worth taking hormone supplementation because the risk increased risk is only a very small increase.
If you are interested in natural treatments for menopausal symptoms, here is a link to a blog of mine about some of the most common ones:
One thing that I do recommend for all women past menopause is taking at least 1,500mg of calcium and at least 1,000 units of vitamin D3 every day. This is not for hormone replacement, but for bone health.
Dr. Jeff M.D.