At Home Progesterone Testing Now at Your Fingertips
As you may or may not yet know, progesterone is critical to conception and pregnancy. Progesterone is the hormone released right after ovulation and it prepares the uterus to receive a fertilized egg. Without it or enough of it, conception and pregnancy simply aren’t possible.
Doctors can and often do test for progesterone when women are struggling to conceive or have had multiple pregnancy losses. Up until now, testing required drawing a blood sample, sending it to a lab and waiting at least 24 hours – although oftentimes more – for results. Blood progesterone results come in a numeric format, with most doctors agreeing that 5 ng/ml in blood indicates ovulation has occurred and 10 ng/ml in blood is necessary to support successful conception.
Besides being more convenient by testing your progesterone levels at home, Proov can sometimes provide better information than what is available through a blood test at the doctor. See, blood tests only represent a one-point-in-time reflection of progesterone levels. But progesterone is not a hormone that just spikes and goes down—it needs to go up and stay up for an extended period of time to support successful conception. So even if a blood test indicates that levels are OK at one point in time, if they fall too quickly, a woman may still have challenges with getting and staying pregnant and requires a doctors visit, not simply testing at home.
Enter PhD Scientist and infertility veteran, Amy Beckley. After Amy’s experience with infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss, which was caused by low progesterone, she knew there had to be a better way. That’s why she invented Proov – the first, at home progesterone test that provides results in 5 minutes using just first morning urine. Proov works by measuring a urine metabolite of progesterone called Pregnanediol Glucuronide. With Proov, it’s as simple as pee, dip a strip, wait 5 minutes and read results. One line is positive, meaning progesterone levels are elevated and 2 lines is negative, meaning progesterone is low. Proov is designed to turn positive at the blood equivalent of 10 ng/ml.
Curious to learn more? Checkout our co-founders Amy (as herself) and Ellen (as Queen Progesterone) in the video below!
Since Proov is non-invasive, women can test multiple days in a row to ensure that progesterone is elevated high enough for long enough. Each single Proov at home progesterone test kit comes with 7 test strips, designed to last one complete cycle and allowing a woman to test her levels 7 times!
Ready to Proov? Try it today!