The progesterone test is a blood test ordered by your physician to measure the level of progesterone hormone in the blood when you experience fertility problems. Progesterone hormone is responsible for the pregnancy and it helps to track ovulation.
Infertility is very common in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 6.1 million women in the United States have trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant. So, we recommend you to get tested for progesterone levels if you are planning for a baby or having trouble getting pregnant.
The article below covers all the significant topics of progesterone blood test like the progesterone test cost, progesterone levels, procedure, preparation, risks, and how to get tested for progesterone test at home.
- Progesterone Test Cost
- What is progesterone?
- Why is a progesterone test done?
- Normal levels of progesterone
- How is the progesterone test done?
- Is there any preparation required before the test?
- Are there any risks in the test?
- What does the test result mean?
- Progesterone treatment
- Provider Locations
For our readers, who are more interested in knowing the progesterone test cost beforehand, we begin with that section.
How much does the progesterone test cost?
Progesterone test cost ranges between $45 and $89 in different labs and facilities across the U.S. No prior appointment is required. Compare the price, order your test online and visit the nearest lab during lab business hours. Complete the procedure and get the results in your email in 2 to 3 business days.
The following table shows the Progesterone test cost at 3 of our partner laboratories (CLIA – Certified) network located across the U.S.
Name of our Partner Labs
(Saliva Home Test Kit)
Progesterone test cost with insurance
Many health insurance policies in the U.S. cover the cost of the progesterone test only when it is done as a part of the IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) cycle. When it is done as a separate test, they might consider the reason for the test. However, the coverage of private health insurance companies and national health insurance programs varies widely. So we recommend you to check the coverage of your plan with the insurance company before getting tested.
Our progesterone testing providers do not accept any health insurance. But they can provide you with an itemized receipt containing all the details like the name and code of the test, and CPT code which is necessary for insurance reimbursement purposes.
What is progesterone?
Progesterone is a hormone mainly produced by the ovaries. Both men and women have progesterone but women tend to have more of it. This hormone is responsible to control the menstrual cycle and to prepare the body for ovulation. In men, this hormone is involved in sperm creation. In women, it is involved in the ovulation period. The level of progesterone hormone drops during the menstrual cycle as the egg is not fertilized and the progesterone level increases when the eggs get released from the ovary.
Progesterone hormone is also known as the “Pregnancy hormone”.
Why is a progesterone test done?
The progesterone test is done to examine the level of progesterone hormone in the blood that causes ovulation or other fertility problems. Your physician will order a progesterone test for the following reasons.
- To determine the cause of infertility
- To determine the ovulation period
- Monitoring the infertility therapy
- To diagnose miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in which the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus)
- To evaluate the placenta and health of the baby during pregnancy
The progesterone test is also done when a woman experiences abnormal uterine bleeding during her pregnancy period. It is also known as the “Infertility test”.
Normal levels of progesterone
The normal levels of progesterone hormone in the blood depend on the gender, age, menstrual cycle, and whether pregnant or not. In general, the standard range of progesterone hormone level in men, women, and pregnant women are mentioned below.
How is the progesterone test done?
Progesterone test can be done using the blood sample or the sample of saliva.
1. Progesterone blood test
During this test, a lab technician or a phlebotomist will cleanse the skin with an antiseptic and wrap an elastic band around the upper arm to make the vein visible and swell with blood. He/she then injects a needle to draw a sample of blood and collect the sample in a test tube. After the blood is drawn, he/she covers the injected area with a band-aid or a cotton ball to stop bleeding. The blood sample is then sent to the lab for analysis.
It takes less than 5 to 10 minutes to perform this test.
2. Progesterone saliva home test kit
Saliva test kits are mostly preferred by the people who have a bleeding disorder or who do not have time to visit the lab. One of our progesterone testing providers offers the progesterone saliva at home test kit. You can order the test kit online and take the sample of your saliva reading the instructions carefully mentioned in the kit and then post it back. The results will be personally emailed to you within 2 weeks depending upon the receipt of the sample by the lab.
Is there any preparation required before the test?
There is no special preparation required for the progesterone blood test or saliva test. You can have a normal diet and carry on with your regular activities.
Are there any risks in the test?
There is no possible risk or complication in taking the progesterone saliva test. When the blood sample is drawn, you might feel dizziness, slight pain, bruise, or redness in the injected area for a very little period.
What does the test result mean?
The results of the progesterone test depend on the requirement and the point when the test is done. Normally, the progesterone hormone level increases when the eggs are released from the ovary and falls during the menstrual cycle.
If the progesterone hormone does not rise, it indicates that the woman is not ovulating and that is the primary cause for infertility. And if the levels do not increase even during the pregnancy period, then the pregnancy may be ectopic. The low levels of progesterone hormone indicate the possibility of miscarriage, irregular menstruation, ectopic pregnancy, infertility, etc.
On the contrary, the increased progesterone hormone levels indicate the possibility of ovarian cancer or cysts, adrenal cancer, non-viable pregnancy, CAH (a congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a group of genetic conditions that limit the production of hormones in the adrenal glands), etc.
The following medications and creams can help in the treatment of abnormal progesterone levels.
- Vaginal gel (helps to prepare the uterus to get pregnant)
- Vaginal suppository (medications inserted into the vagina with special applicators)
- Vaginal inserts (for progesterone supplements)
Sometimes, your physician may recommend “Hormone Replacement Therapy”.
In addition to the progesterone test, your physician, if appropriate and necessary, will also order some other blood tests like FSH test (follicle-stimulating hormone), LH test (leutinizing hormone) or ultrasound to figure out the problems in pregnancy.
The progesterone test can be done in any of the following locations across the U.S. either by visiting the nearest lab or getting tested at home using the test kit. To know the progesterone test cost, refer to the first section of the article.
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Frequently Asked Questions
Will insurance cover my testing cost?
No, insurance will not be covered in the billing. However, they will provide you a receipt for insurance reimbursement purposes.
How should I book my appointment?
You can choose the most suitable provider from above and make an appointment by following the instructions mentioned by them.
Can I cancel my lab test order?
Yes, you can cancel your lab test order anytime before your testing. A refund will be initiated after deducting the cancellation fee. However, cancellation is at the discretion of the provider.
Do the providers offer result interpretations?
Yes, a few providers may provide doctor consultation who will take you through the results and provide clarification if needed.
How do I receive my report?
To ensure your privacy, the test report will be mailed to you by the provider.
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