The data regarding hormone therapy regimens are limited. However it may be safer to give either continuous combined estrogen-progestogen therapies or tibolone in both hysterectomised and nonhysterectomised women as the risk of recurrence may be reduced. The risk of recurrence with hormone therapy is probably increased in women with residual disease after surgery. Management of potential recurrence is best monitored by responding to recurrence of symptoms. Women not wanting estrogen or those who are advised against should be offered alternative pharmacological treatment for climacteric symptoms or skeletal protection if indicated. Herbal preparations should be avoided as their efficacy is uncertain and some may contain estrogenic compounds.