- Progesterone - A woman's progesterone levels are very high during pregnancy, along with estrogens, especially estriol.
- Normal values of progesterone:
During a normal menstrual cycle
8 - 10 ng/ml
During menopause (high levels)
Visit this site to clarify confusions with estrogen and progesterone :
•TEST FOR URINARY ESTROGENS
A modification of this test is known as Bachmann-Pettit test. Kober - for naturally occurring estrogens, based upon the production of a pink color (absorption maximum: 520 mmu) when an estrogen is heated in a mixture of phenol and sulfuric acid.
Kurzkor Ratner Test
Specimen:Urine (first morning urine)
- ethyl acetate is the reagent that is used to extract the urine and after the purification, the extract is subjected to bioassay like in the Allen Doisy test.
Allen Doisy Test
- Estrogenic Activity Test
- the hormone to be tested is repeatedly injected to rats/mice.
- (+) positive reaction is the dis appearance of WBC's in vaginal smear of the rats and the presence of cornified cells.
Precautions before taking the test:
- note the last day of menstruation
- Avoid taking of medications containing the hormone estrogen before taking the test(contraceptives)
- Avoid strenuous activities
- Progesterone and estrogen levels may fluctuate during the day
- multiple pregnancy
- H Mole
- Cancer of the ovaries or adrenala glands
- overproduction of hormones by the adrenal glands
- ovulation problems
References: Clinical Chemistry Principples,Procedures,Correlations (5th Edition) Michael Bishop,Edward Fody. Larry Schoeff