How It Feels
You may feel nothing at all from the
needle puncture, or you may feel a brief sting or pinch as the needle goes
through the skin. Some people feel a stinging pain while the needle is in the
vein. But many people do not feel any pain or have only minor discomfort once
the needle is positioned in the vein.
There is very little risk of complications from
having blood drawn from a vein.
- You may develop a small bruise at the puncture
site. You can reduce the risk of bruising by keeping pressure on the site for
several minutes after the needle is withdrawn.
- In rare cases, the
vein may become inflamed after the blood sample is taken. This condition is
called phlebitis and is usually treated with a warm compress applied several
- Continued bleeding can be a problem for people who have bleeding disorders. Aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), and other blood-thinning
medicines can also make bleeding more likely. If you have bleeding or clotting
problems, or if you take blood-thinning medicine, tell your doctor before your
blood is drawn.
A progesterone test measures the amount
hormone progesterone in a blood sample.
Results are usually available within 24 hours.
The normal values listed here—called a reference range—are just a guide. These ranges vary from lab to lab, and your lab may have a different range for what's normal. Your lab report should contain the range your lab uses. Also, your doctor will evaluate your results based on your health and other factors. This means that a value that falls outside the normal values listed here may still be normal for you or your lab.
Progesterone levels during pregnancy
| 1st trimester:
10–44 ng/mL or 32.6–140 nmol/L
| 2nd trimester:
19.5–82.5 ng/mL or 62–262 nmol/L
| 3rd trimester:
65–290 ng/mL or 206.7–728 nmol/L
Progesterone levels in men
Less than 1 ng/mL or less than 3.2
Progesterone levels after menopause
Less than 1.0 ng/mL or less than 2
Many conditions can change progesterone levels. Your
doctor will discuss any significant abnormal results with you in relation to
your symptoms and past health.
High progesterone values may be caused
Low progesterone values may be caused
- Problems with
- Possible miscarriage.