I just found this site about menopause and treatments. I have only read one doctor's interview so far and found 95% of it very interesting. It is a Q & A format, easy to understand and fast reading. I see answers to some of the questions discussed in this forum. I thought you might be interested in reading it. When you pull up this page, click on menopause. It mentions premarin as the safest pill to use because it has been used for 60 years, the risks are small and known. Herbal treatment is discussed, but it is called bio-identical. It said the word "natural" leads people to belive it is not dangerous. It all sounds like a no win situation for women. The longer you have periods the higher the risk, patches and creams are less dangerous, because it by passes the liver, etc.... I look forward to reading the other interviews. Some where on the site it tells about the doctor's backgrounds.
Here is a link that might be useful: Menopause