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Overview

The progesterone test is done to measure the levels of progesterone hormone levels in the blood. It is a non-invasive test which requires blood samples. The progesterone test is done for a lot of reasons and is mainly done on women and men who might have adrenal disease.

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Why is  Progesterone Test suggested?

The progesterone test is suggested for the following reasons:

  • To diagnose the cause of fertility problems.
  • Monitoring health of the pregnancy.
  • Failed or ectopic pregnancy
  • Tracking ovulation
  • When there is abnormal uterine bleeding.
  • To monitor progesterone replacement therapy

Progesterone test has a lot of significance and is useful for monitoring various conditions.

How is  Progesterone Test performed?

           Procedure for Progesterone test is simple :

  • The forearm of the patient is cleaned with alcohol.
  • Blood from the patient’s vein is collected by a phlebotomist.
  • Blood is sent to a lab for testing.

What are the parameters measured in Progesterone Test?

A progesterone test measures the amount of progesterone, in nanograms, in the blood. High levels of progesterone are seen in pregnancy and in some cancers. Fluctuating levels or low levels of progesterone could be seen with irregular periods or infertility.

Preparation before performing Progesterone Test

Preparation before performing a Progesterone test:

  • No fasting required.
  • Patient’s start and end date of the last menstrual period and trimester of pregnancy to be noted.
  • Mention any medication the patient is on, including contraceptives.
  • Inform if any test involving radioactive waves, such as thyroid test or PET scan, has been done recently.

Post-care after  PROGESTERONE Test

There is no post-care needed after progesterone test.

Sample types in  PROGESTERONE Test

The sample types for progesterone test are:

  • 5ml -3ml of whole blood.

Side effects/risks of  Progesterone Test

            There are no side effects/ risks of progesterone test.

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