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Sometimes, younger women do not produce enough estrogen, for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the ovaries simply stop working too soon, for unknown reasons. In other instances, certain medications (such as chemotherapy) have affected the ability of the ovaries to function properly. Some women have had their ovaries surgically removed. Or, perhaps, the ovaries never started working properly in the first place (which results in delayed or absent puberty). In all of these situations, Climara can be used as a substitute for the estrogen that the ovaries cannot produce.
Climara is not approved for use in children or teens. Discuss the risks and benefits of using Climara with your child's healthcare provider.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Climara for something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At one point, hormone replacement therapy was used off-label for preventing heart disease and dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease), but these are no longer considered legitimate off-label uses. Sometimes, hormones are used to promote youthfulness. Again, this is not generally accepted as a legitimate off-label Climara use.