At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To help evaluate adrenal gland function; to detect adrenal tumors or cancers; to help determine the cause of male physical characteristics (virilization) in females or early puberty in boys; to evaluate androgen production and ovarian and testicular function; to monitor treatment for congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH)
When to Get Tested?
When a woman has excess facial and body hair (hirsutism), acne, no monthly menstrual periods (amenorrhea), or infertility; when a male child is undergoing very early (precocious) puberty or a female child is showing signs of virilization; when puberty is delayed; periodically when being treated for CAH
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm
Test Preparation Needed?
In menstruating women, collect one week before or after menstrual period, or as instructed.