Lupron Therapy for Young Girl
A healthcare provider may prescribe Lupron® (leuprolide acetate) for a young girl who has a condition known as central precocious puberty. This condition occurs when a child starts puberty too early. Precocious puberty is usually defined as puberty that starts before age 8 in girls or age 9 in boys.
Girls with this condition may undergo physical changes of puberty at an early age. These physical changes may include:
- Breast growth and menstruation
- Pubic hair growth
- Growth spurt.
The goal of Lupron therapy for young girls and boys is to temporarily stop the early puberty and prevent further changes in the body until the appropriate time. Lupron can help reduce the amount of testosterone (in boys) and estrogen (in girls) made by the body, which can delay puberty and slow down early bone growth.
(Click Lupron Uses for a closer look at using Lupron therapy for young girls and boys who have central precocious puberty. This article describes other possible uses for Lupron, including unapproved uses, and offers a detailed explanation on how this drug works.)