17-OH progesterone is a blood test that measures the amount of 17-OH progesterone, a hormone produced by the
17-hydroxyprogesterone; Progesterone - 17-OH
How the test is performed
A blood sample is needed. For information on how this is done, see:
The blood sample is sent to a laboratory for examination.
How to prepare for the test
Your doctor may tell you to stop taking any drugs that may cause false test results. Such drugs include corticosteroids and birth control pills.
Your doctor may also recommend that the test be done at a specific time of day, since it is sensitive to circadian rhythms, the natural highs and lows that the body experiences during a 24-hour period.
How the test will feel
When the needle is inserted to draw blood, you may feel moderate pain, or only a prick or stinging sensation. Afterward, there may some throbbing.
Why the test is performed
This test is mainly used to check infants for an inherited disorder that affects the adrenal gland, called
This test is also used to identify people who have nonclassical adrenal hyperplasia. This condition occurs when the body does not make enough of a substance that helps the adrenal gland make cortisol.
Your doctor may recommend this test if you are a woman who has excess hair growth in places where adult men grow hair, or if you have male characteristics, such as a deep voice or an increase in muscle mass.
Review Date: 05/31/2011
Reviewed By: Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Bellevue, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.