Consensus statement for non-hormonal-based treatments for menopausal symptoms

Post Reprod Health. 2017 Jun;23(2):71-75. doi: 10.1177/2053369117711646.


Since the June 2014 consensus statement published in Post Reproductive Health we have had definitive guidelines on menopause treatment from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in November 2015. These included robust and evidence based information about many non-estrogen based treatments, which are particularly useful for patients who do not wish to take hormone replacement therapy, or who have medical contraindications to hormonal therapy such as hormone dependent cancers. Whilst none of these therapies is as effective as hormones, we must be able to advise patients about them and recommend which treatments may be helpful for individual women.

Keywords: Alternative therapies; breast cancer; complementary therapies; non-estrogen treatments for menopause; non-hormonal treatments.

MeSH terms

  • Amines / therapeutic use
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Breast Neoplasms / complications*
  • Clonidine / therapeutic use
  • Consensus
  • Cyclohexanecarboxylic Acids / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Gabapentin
  • Hot Flashes / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Isoflavones / therapeutic use
  • Menopause*
  • Plant Preparations / therapeutic use
  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Sweating*
  • gamma-Aminobutyric Acid / therapeutic use


  • Amines
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antihypertensive Agents
  • Cyclohexanecarboxylic Acids
  • Isoflavones
  • Plant Preparations
  • Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
  • gamma-Aminobutyric Acid
  • Gabapentin
  • Clonidine