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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, Menest can be used as a substitute for the estrogen that the ovaries cannot produce.
Very high doses of Menest can work to relieve the symptoms of certain cancers, including breast and prostate cancer. For prostate cancer, high doses of the estrogens in Menest work by suppressing testosterone and other male hormones that "feed" prostate cancer. It is not entirely clear how high doses of Menest work for breast cancer, as estrogen typically stimulates breast cancer cell growth. Menest will not cure these types of cancers and should only be used to relieve symptoms when other treatments have failed to treat the cancer adequately. This is known as "palliative" cancer therapy.
Menest is not approved for use in children or teens, as it has not been adequately studied in these age groups. Discuss the risks and benefits of using Menest with your child's healthcare provider.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Menest for something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At one point, hormone replacement therapy (such as Menest) 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 Menest use.
Using Menest to prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women is an off-label use of Menest.