Fertility Test: Checking Progesterone Levels

Fertility Test: Checking Progesterone Levels

What is progesterone?

One important fertility test is the test that checks for progesterone levels. Progesterone is the hormone that helps prepare the uterus for the fertilized egg to be implanted. Progesterone also helps the uterine lining to help maintain the pregnancy after the egg is fertilized. Progesterone levels are often checked as a part of a normal fertility workup, and they are sometimes checked during fertility treatments to ensure whether or not a woman has ovulated. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

When are progesterone levels checked?

Progesterone tests have to be done at a certain time, or the results will not be accurate. Progesterone levels are usually checked anywhere between 6 to 8 days after you ovulate. This is usually around age 21 to 23 of a 28 day cycle.

This phase is known as the luteal phase, and the length of the luteal phase is very important. The progesterone test will be looking for the amount of progesterone in your blood during that particular point during your luteal phase.

What does the progesterone test check for?

The progesterone test will look that the levels in your blood during that time frame. If your progesterone levels are elevated to a certain level during your luteal phase, it means that you are ovulating properly. If your progesterone levels are too low, it means you are not ovulating properly.

There are several things that can contribute to high progesterone levels. Some of these things include ovarian cancer, adrenal cancer, or a very rare and serious condition known as congenital adrenal hyperplasia. For low levels of progesterone, some of the causes can be things like insulin resistance, obesity, poor diet, and lack of exercise as well.

What if I get poor results from the progesterone test?

If your progesterone tests don’t turn out with the most optimal results, usually your doctor will want to try them again to see if they are different on another day, usually during your next cycle. If your levels are still low, your doctor might prescribe progesterone supplements for you to take to raise your levels, and help you ovulate properly.

If your progesterone levels are too high, your doctor will need to help you find and treat the underlying cause of the problem before your progesterone levels come back to normal. Getting a progesterone test is a great way to determine what is going on with your fertility and can be helpful in finding out whether or not you are ovulating properly.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).