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Keto During Menopause

By September 18, 2015December 3rd, 2020Fertility and Pregnancy, Moods and Hormones, Weight Loss

Keto During Menopause

Menopause and Keto Dieting


Too many women are being mistreated during menopause with prescription antidepressants and HRT.

The liver can’t convert oral progesterone efficiently, plus most oral progesterone prescriptions are  way too high at about 200mg. I had one client gain 40 pounds in a year after starting oral HRT. Where topical creams bypass the liver. Functioning ovaries produce 20mg of progesterone daily, far less than 200mg! A small 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Progest cream helps balance estrogen dominance. Healthy progesterone levels also stimulate new bone growth, help lower anxiety and increase sleep.

Antidepressants are not a solution to hormonal problems. If you are truly depressed, medication may be the answer, but less than 10% of people truly have a chemical imbalance… so why are 80% of the clients I see on an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication?! Well, low progesterone also is the leading cause of anxiety, insomnia and hot flashes. And estrogen determines fat distribution. To top all the uncomfortable things that can follow menopause, prescription antidepressants cause weight gain, low libido and night sweats… the same things you are fighting because of low progesterone! Low hormone output will also raise blood cholesterol and triglycerides because cholesterol produces hormones. All our major hormones are made from cholesterol: estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, thyroid, DHEA, and tMenopause and Keto Dietingestosterone.

If we don’t eat enough cholesterol, our bodies divert cholesterol from our endocrine system to use for brain function and repair. When that happens, it’s almost impossible for our bodies to maintain hormonal balance. Hot flashes, here we come! Healthy cholesterol = healthy hormones!

During menopause, the adrenal glands over already over worked. Many women start to exercise to combat the weight gain but what most people do not realize is that exercise is a stressor, a healthy stressor if done properly, but is still is a stressor and will increase adrenal hormones. This increase in adrenal hormones increase cortisol. Adrenal hormones help women cope with the stressors of life, but during this time, they also provide sex hormones once produced by the ovaries (which are no longer producing them).

Certain nutrients support the adrenal glands, such as B-vitamins are our “anti-stress” vitamins. Menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, and anxiety are also symptoms of Cushing’s Disease. This disease is when there is over-activity of the adrenal cortex.The adrenal hormones and the thyroid hormones are directly connected. You must take care of your body in order for it to take care of you. Get quality sleep, eat quality food, reduce caffeine and grains, relax… get a massage! 🙂 Cortisol is the stress hormone that alters fat cells and make them resistant to weight loss.

Also, women entering menopause should think again when contemplating estrogen therapy. Too much estrogen inhibits thyroid hormone, which promotes weight gain. This also happens when women who are still menstruating are put on birth control… this further shuts down the thyroid hormone; particularly the utilization of T3, the most active thyroid hormone. Estrogen from outside sources or produced naturally, causes women to be estrogen-dominant. BUT the good news is when you eliminate grains and wheat, too many carbohydrates, and alcohol, you lower insulin. Insulin also makes fat cells and estrogen. By controlling insulin, you help balance all your hormones, which will make fat loss easier and helps eliminate those undesired menopausal symptoms! There are also natural ways to detox estrogens from the fat cells and liver; I love the product Estrofactors. 

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Also, Evening Primrose Oil (or Emu Oil capsules) also helps with vaginal dryness and decreased libido. Evening Primrose Oil has been called the most sensational preventive discovery since vitamin C. It contains the pain relieving compound phenylalanine (which converts to l-tyrosine with iron) and is increasingly being used to treat chronic headaches. It is currently being studied all over the world as a treatment for aging problems, alcoholism, acne, heart disease, hyperactivity in children, symptoms of menopause, multiple sclerosis, weight control, obesity, PMS and schizophrenia.

In fact, EveningPrimrose contains one of the highest concentrations known of GLA (healthy fatty acid) and only a few other plants contain it at all.  The gamma-linoleic acid, linoleic acid and other nutrients in this oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. These fatty acids also help to regulate hormones and improve nerve function aiding problems ranging from PMS to migraine headaches. The hormone balancing effect contributes to healthy breast tissue.

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Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Insightful and helpful. If you’re taking evening primrose does that mean you should eat more omega 3 fats to balance out the omega 6?

  • Marianne says:

    How does one take evening primrose oil. I assume orally, but how much and how often?

  • Sandra says:

    How much evening primrose is too much?

  • Hi Maria,

    Just to clarify…the 200 mg dose of progesterone is approximately equivalent to the 20 mg dose of topical. The reason for this is the “first-pass effect”. The liver destroys about 80-90% of the oral dose as it passes through. So you end up with about the same amount to do the job. Thanks for the great suggestions; I use many of these with my clients and they work. Keep up the good work.

    Anna Garrett, PharmD

  • Roye says:

    What is the difference in EPO and Borage Oil? Can I use Borage oil instead of EPO?

  • Susan says:

    Thank you for this information. This post shows/mentions three products, the FemEstro Plex, the EstroFactors and Evening Primrose Oil. I did not see the FemEstro on your Amazon site and the EstroFactors is pretty pricey. I am not sure what symptoms go with which product. I am 51 and stuck in the “week before my period” symptoms. Breast fullness and tenderness, bloating and mood issues. Typically starting a period diminishes those symptoms but not for me anymore. No extra money or health insurance so must chose wisely. Your guidance is greatly appreciated.

  • Jodi says:

    What a timely post for me! I just purchased two of your supplement plans – the ones tailored to Estrogen Dominance and Menopause (I’m perimenopausal atm). You advise taking supplements 3 times a day with meals. I only eat twice. Do you recommend spreading the same amount of supplements over the two meals? Or taking a third round with no food?

    I love your site, btw. 🙂

  • Gina says:

    So, how would you treat supposed “hypothyroid” which is not uncommon for 50 yr old – menopause stage…..?not a true thyroid problem however a high estrogen (unbalanced with progesterone) problem?

  • Julia says:

    I’m a little confused… Isn’t phenylalanine the cancer causing ingredient in diet sodas? Am I thinking correctly?

  • Cyndi says:

    thank you for this post! I was just told Thursday that, at 55, I am finally in peri menopause. I am looking for guidance from people, like YOU, who I trust. Can you suggest any other readings? I’ve only been having symptoms for 2 months, but have put on 5 pounds, while still eating Keto, and an inch on my waist! It took me too much work to lose 70 pounds. I do NOT want to put it back on because of menopause.

  • min says:

    Can or should any of these be taken if not menopausal? I’m 41 but certainly have hormone imbalances and insulin issues and adrenal fatique and high cortisol… Over a year of low carb and can not lose my belly fat. My cells just won’t let it go.

    • Maria Emmerich says:


      I see many young girls who suffer from estrogen dominance.
      I personally also take estrofactors and evening primrose oil;)

  • Roye says:

    I am post menopausal (71 yrs young) and a breast cancer survivor, can I/should I use EstroFactors or FemEstro? And can I take EPO being a BC survivor?

    Thank you,

  • Beth says:


    You mentioned seeing young girls with estrogen dominance…hashimotos and PCOS run in my family. Should a premenstral girl start in EPO in these circumstances?

  • janet says:

    maria, since I have been taking supplements based on the personalized plan, I feel great. I have had no problems with menopause. I even did a personal test and went off the supplements for about 2 months, still kept eating keto and boy did I notice a big difference. when I went back on them, everything went back to normal. thanks for your great help. when I lose this last 25 pounds, I will reassess with you. 79 pounds so far if I keep to your diet and supplement plan. thanks again maria I appreciate all you help.

  • Sue says:

    2 am insomnia and night time hot flashes are getting the best of me. I ‘d like to use the Estrofactors – is one pill a day appropriate, and when is the best time to take it? And do I need the progesterone cream too or just the Estrofactors? No other symptoms and am underweight. Thank you so much for your help! So tired of not sleeping!

  • Sue says:

    Thank you for taking the time for me – will be ordering tomorrow 🙂

  • Shana says:

    Maria, I’m so frustrated. I was Keto adapted all last year. The diet worked great for me and I’ve never felt or looked better. I spent the summer in South East Asia and did not stick to the diet. When I returned I gained 10 pounds fast (I am small so 10 lbs is a lot for me). I got back on the diet about two months ago and have only lost 3 pounds. I only want to loose 7 more pounds but they just won’t budge. More than that I have a belly fat I can’t get rid of and cellulite. I’m 41 and not menopausal. I can only imagine it’s hormones. I sleep pretty well, my job is stressful (maybe too much cortisol?) but I also relax and do a ton of yoga. I started taking EPO about 2-3 weeks ago. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I’m wondering if I should try the estrofactors.

  • Shana says:

    Thanks Maria!

  • Shana says:

    Hi Maria, I just bought a bottle of Estrofactors. How much should I take and when?

  • Shana says:

    Thanks so much!

  • Amy says:

    I have had my estrogen tested and it is really low and also my progesterone. But I do have a big belly, that’s where I gain all my weight. Is this still estrogen dominance even though my blood tests say it’s low?

  • Amy says:

    So would estrofactors be good for me then?

  • Amy says:

    Thank you! I will try it 😄

  • Susan says:

    I am 52 and have been in perimenopause for a number of years. Switching to a keto diet over a year and a half ago has helped with many of the issues I had. I lost 20 pounds (and have kept it off), I rarely have the menstrual migraines that came every month with my period, no more brain fog, I sleep better, overall energy and focus much are better. I even started jogging three times a week at the age of 51. I’ve never been a jogger in my life! But recently I have developed something new. For the past three months, about 4-5 days before I get my period I get a yeast infection. As soon as my period arrives it goes away. I follow my cycles with the sympto-thermal method (track daily basal body temperature and mucus signs throughout the month.) Those same three months I ddin’t have the traditional mid-cycle 7-10 day mucus patch that would accompany ovulation. My basal body temperature is not shifting as it used to after ovulation – which leads me to believe I’m probably not ovulating anymore. Do you have any suggestions to help with the 4-5 day yeast infection that I’m getting? Thanks!

  • Giovanna says:

    Hi Maria,
    I am so glad I found your site and now this blog. I could not find the one called sea of estrogens. I am 47 years old and just had a saliva hormonal test, my estrogens are over the chart and progesterone below the chart, so I need to get them into the right places. My Dr is great, she already put me off diary and gluten…I was already 3 weeks eating keto thanks to your book and other sites I found. I am taking DIM and EPA/DHA as well as some folate. Off red meat as well. Would you recommend your estrofactor supplement? I want to get the estrogen down as it should be.

  • Tina Crawford says:

    Help Maria! I am almost out of Estrofactors and it looks to be no longer available. What is your suggested alternative supplement? Thanks!!!

  • Christiane says:

    Is Keto diet helpful for hair loss on menopause ?

    Thank you.

  • Linda McClure says:

    Hi Marie, I’ll be 50 on Sunday. I’ve been doing Keto for almost 2 months now. My body is making changes, but I’ve only lost about 10 pounds. After all the reading I’ve done, I’m wondering if it’s because I’m still taking Prempro, which is a low dose of Estrogen and Progesterone. My Doctor put me on this after I went through early menopause and it’s been really hard to lose weight on any diet. What do you suggest?

  • Karen Russell says:

    Maria, It appears that EstroFactors is no longer available. Do you recommend anything else? Also, Is there a brand of progesterone cream you recommend? Or a company you approve of? I was diagnosed with a thick lining after a month-long period. They want me to take progesterone pills. I don’t want to do that. Any help is appreciated!

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