Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Progesterone, Plasma/Serum

Test Name: Progesterone, Plasma/Serum
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Core
Specimen Type: Adult:
4.5 mL Light Green top (Li-Heparin) Vacutainer tube

0-2 years: 0.5 mL Light Green top (Li-Heparin) Microtainer
2-10 years: 3 mL Light Green top (Li-Heparin) Vacutainer tube

Red, Gold, or Lavender (EDTA) top tubes are also acceptable
Collection Information: Minimum volume of plasma or serum required is 700 L for adult samples or 200 L for pediatric samples.
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
4 hours
Reference Range: Male:
4 weeks - 1 year: ≤2.1 nmol/L
1 - 9 years: ≤1.1 nmol/L
Adult: <0.6 nmol/L

4 days - 1 year: ≤4.1 nmol/L
1 - 9 years: ≤1.1 nmol/L
Follicular phase: ≤0.6 nmol/L
Early follicular phase: ≤1.0 nmol/L
Intermediate follicular phase: ≤0.7 nmol/L
Late follicular phase: ≤0.7 nmol/L

Ovulatory phase: ≤13.2 nmol/L

Luteal phase: 13.1 46.3 nmol/L
Early luteal phase: 7.5 48.0 nmol/L
Intermediate luteal phase: 15.2 66.5 nmol/L
Late follicular phase: 1.7 43.1 nmol/L

First Trimester of Pregnancy: 35.0 141.0 nmol/L
Second Trimester of Pregnancy: 80.8 265.0 nmol/L
Third Trimester of Pregnancy: 187.0 679.0 nmol/L
Post-menopausal: <0.6 nmol/L

Note: Reference intervals updated May 26, 2020 based on new information from manufacturer
Effective Date: 2009-12-01
Revised Date: 2020-05-26
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing:  
Comments: Biotin may interfere with this test. Samples should not be taken from patients receiving high biotin doses (i.e. > 5 mg/day) until at least 8 hours after the last biotin administration.

Interpret progesterone result with caution since lipemia may artificially decrease result.
Method of Analysis: Roche Electrochemiluminescence
Critical Information Required:  
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