A progesterone test costs £90.00
A progesterone test with a Health Care Assistant costs £115.00
A progesterone test with a Consultant Gynaecologist costs £315.00
If you choose to have the test with the HCA you will need to have a consultation with the Gynaecologist to have the results explained to you.
What is a progesterone test?
A progesterone test measures the level of progesterone in the blood. Progesterone is a hormone made by a woman's ovaries. Progesterone plays an important role in pregnancy. It helps make your uterus ready to support a fertilized egg. Progesterone also helps prepare your breasts for making milk.
Progesterone levels vary during a woman's menstrual cycle. The levels start out low, then increase after the ovaries release an egg. If you become pregnant, progesterone levels will continue to rise as your body gets ready to support a developing baby. If you do not become pregnant (your egg is not fertilized), your progesterone levels will go down and your period will begin.
Progesterone levels in a pregnant woman are about 10 times higher than they are in a woman who is not pregnant. Men also make progesterone, but in much smaller amounts. In men, progesterone is made by the adrenal glands and testes.
What is it used for?
A progesterone test is used to:
Why do I need a progesterone test?
What do the results mean?
If your progesterone levels are higher than normal, it may mean you:
Your progesterone levels may be even higher if you are pregnant with two or more babies.
If your progesterone levels are lower than normal, it may mean you:
Because progesterone levels change throughout your pregnancy and menstrual cycle, you may need to be retested several times.