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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:

  • Find the cause of a woman's infertility (the inability to make a baby)
  • Find out if and when you are ovulating
  • Find out your risk of a miscarriage
  • Monitor a high-risk pregnancy
  • Diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy that grows in the wrong place (outside the uterus). A developing baby can't survive an ectopic pregnancy. This condition is dangerous, and sometimes life-threatening, for a woman.

Why do I need a progesterone test?

You may need this test if you are having trouble getting pregnant. A progesterone test can help MUMS Consultant Gynaecologists and Fertility Consultants see if you are ovulating normally.

MUMS Gynaecologists and Fertility experts may recommend a progesterone test if you are at risk for miscarriage or other pregnancy complications.

What do the results mean?

If your progesterone levels are higher than normal, it may mean you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have a cyst on your ovaries
  • Have a molar pregnancy, a growth in the abdomen that causes symptoms of pregnancy
  • Have a disorder of the adrenal glands
  • Have ovarian cancer


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:

  • Have an ectopic pregnancy
  • Had a miscarriage
  • Are not ovulating normally, which can cause fertility problems

Because progesterone levels change throughout your pregnancy and menstrual cycle, you may need to be retested several times.


Progesterone Test with HCA £115.00
Progesterone Test with Gynaecologist Consultation £315.00