Precocious Puberty for Parents
Precocious puberty - when signs of puberty start before age 7 or 8 in girls and age 9 for boys - can be tough for kids. But it can be treated.
Sexual & Reproductive System for Parents
Learn about conditions that can affect puberty or the reproductive organs.
Sexual Development for Parents
Big physical and emotional changes happen during puberty and the teen years. These articles can help you become a source of information, comfort, and support for your kids.
Doctors may order a DHEA-S test if boys or girls show signs of sexual development earlier than expected. It can rule out certain diseases of the testes or ovaries, or help diagnose damage or disease of the pituitary gland.
Blood Test: Estradiol for Parents
Estradiol is the most important form of the hormone estrogen. Doctors may order an estradiol test if a girl appears to be entering puberty earlier or later than expected, or to evaluate menstrual problems.
Blood Test: Luteinizing Hormone (LH) for Parents
A luteinizing hormone (LH) test measures the level of this hormone in the bloodstream. LH plays an important role in sexual development.
Blood Test: Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) for Parents
Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) plays an important role in sexual development. An FSH test to measure the level of FSH in the bloodstream may be done if a boy or girl appears to be entering puberty earlier or later than expected.
Blood Test: Testosterone for Parents
A testosterone blood test may be done if a boy appears to be entering puberty earlier or later than expected, or to check for damage or disease of the testes or ovaries, adrenal glands, or pituitary glands.
X-Ray Exam: Bone Age Study for Parents
A bone age study can help evaluate how a child's skeleton is maturing, which can help doctors diagnose conditions that delay or accelerate growth.
Adrenal Insufficiency for Parents
Adrenal insufficiency is a condition that happens when the adrenal glands do not work as they should.