Precocious Puberty for Parents
Precocious puberty - the onset of signs of puberty before age 7 or 8 in girls and age 9 for boys - can be physically and emotionally difficult for children and can sometimes be the sign of an underlying health problem.
Why Does Puberty Sometimes Happen Early? for Parents
Find out what the experts say.
Sexual & Reproductive System for Parents
Learn about conditions that can affect puberty or the reproductive organs.
Sexual Development for Parents
Changes become more dramatic and complex with the onset of puberty, and kids are likely to have lots of questions. These articles can help you become a trusted source of information, comfort, and support for your kids.
Sistema sexual y reproductivo Para Padres
Obtenga información acerca de dolencias que pueden afectar a los órganos reproductores o a los niños en la pubertad.
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.
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.
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.