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|Hormone: Progesterone (P4)
Time to Test: 7 dpo
Normal Values: > 15 ng/m
What Value Means: A progesterone test is done to confirm ovulation. When a follicle releases its egg, it becomes what is called a corpus luteum and produces progesterone. A level over 5 probably indicates some form of ovulation, but most doctors want to see a level over 10 on a natural cycle, and a level over 15 on a medicated cycle. There is no mid-luteal level that predicts pregnancy. Some say the test may be more accurate if done first thing in the morning after fasting.
Mae - so the number will go up after implantation then? So if I get a positive test soon - then should I go back in for numbers again to make sure that it did indeed rise?
|Progesterone in Pregnancy
When: Mid-Luteal Phase
Normal Values: 5+ ng/ml
What Level Means: As mentioned above, a level of 5 indicates some kind of ovulatory activity, though most doctors want to see a level over 10 on unmedicated cycles, and over 15 with medications. There is no mid-luteal level that predicts pregnancy.
When: First Trimester
Normal Values: 10-90 ng/ml
What Level Means: Average is about 20 at 4 weeks LMP, and 40 at 14 weeks LMP. It is important to note that while a higher progesterone level corresponds with higher pregnancy success rates, one cannot fully predict outcome based on progesterone levels. Progesterone supplementation is unlikely to help if started after a positive pregnancy test.
|What are normal progesterone levels?
Sometimes doctors will check a woman's progesterone level during pregnancy. Most doctors like to see a minimum level of 10 ng/ml during the first few weeks of pregnancy.
Can I get/be pregnant with a number like that? Last month I ovulated and only had a 4. So this is better - but still seems on the low side right? If I am pregnant - will I need to supplement?
Oh and Im also quite pissed to find out that the baby I lost last year - I spotted for a week before we lost him - and you know what!? Thye never ONCE in all those blood works checked my progesterone. WTF???
Tenk ~ happily married with lots of kids
Dont feel I need to add anything YYYM handled that perfectly
BTW - Im super emotional right now because yesterday was one year since I lost Xavier....and I totally forgot till tonight. I suck.......
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