October 19, 2010
Considered to be a disorder called ‘precocious puberty’, city doctors have not only seen a rise in this condition in the last couple of years but in the number of takers of this medical treatment which costs Rs 3,500-4,000 a month. “We get 5-6 such cases of early puberty a month. These girls mostly aged between 5-8 years are managed by GnRH analogues, basically an injection, to control the hormone levels and postpone the menstrual cycle till they grow up to 10 years or more. This treatment is used after ruling out other organic causes for this disorder (early puberty),” says Prof Rakesh Kumar Sahay, Osmania Medical College. Sahay, who is also secretary of Endocrine Society of India, further stated that there are no significant side effects of this treatment.