At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To evaluate fertility issues, function of reproductive organs (ovaries or testicles), or to detect the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation); to evaluate pituitary function
In children, to evaluate early or delayed sexual maturation (puberty)
When to Get Tested?
For women, when you are having difficulty getting pregnant or are having irregular or heavy menstrual periods; when you are tracking ovulation during your menstrual cycle
For men, when your partner cannot get pregnant or you have a low sperm count, low muscle mass or decreased sex drive
When a health practitioner suspects that a child has delayed or earlier than expected sexual maturation
Test Preparation Needed?
None, but the timing of a woman's sample will be correlated with her menstrual cycle.