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Luteinizing Hormone (LH)

LH, Luteinizing Hormone, Antrim #17276, EPIC: LAB5086, SOFT: LH

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: One Gold-top SST tube. (Minimum Whole Blood: 4.0 mL)

Contact the Laboratory for acceptability of other tube types.

Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation

Let SST specimens clot 30-60 minutes then immediately centrifuge to separate serum from cells. Refrigerate (2-8°C or 36-46°F) the centrifuged SST tube within two hours of collection.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: Centrifuged SST tube, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F). (Min: 1.0 mL)

Rejection Criteria

  • Red-top tubes with serum not separated from cells within two hours of collection. 


Specimen Stability for Testing:

Centrifuged SST Tubes and Microtainers® with Separator Gel
Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 2-4 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable

Red-top Tubes and Microtainers® without Separator Gel
Room Temperature (20-25°C or 68-77°F): 2-4 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): Unacceptable
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable

Serum Specimens (Pour-Overs)
Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 2-4 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): 7 days

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days


Farmington Hills Chemistry Laboratory.
Royal Oak Automated Chemistry Laboratory.


Sunday - Saturday, 24 hours a day.
STAT results available within 1 hour of receipt in the Laboratory (Outreach only).
Routine results available within 24 hours of receipt in the Laboratory.

Reference Range

Male: 1.3 - 7.2 mIU/L.

Follicular: 2.3 -12.9 mIU/mL.
Mid Cycle: 9.1 - 76.7  mIU/mL.
Luteal: 0.6 - 17.3 mIU/mL.
Post Menopausal: 12.4 - 70.5 mIU/mL.

Test Methodology

Chemiluminescence Immunoassay.


  • Samples obtained within the same day from the same patient may fluctuate widely within the reference range due to pulsatile secretion, reflecting physiological variation rather than errors in technique or methodology.
  • LH measurement is clinically important because LH and growth hormone are frequently the first hormones to be affected by pituitary disease.
  • High LH serum values are seen with: luteal phase of menstrual cycle, primary hypogonadism, gonadotropin-secreting pituitary tumors, and menopause.
  • Low LH serum values are seen with: hypothalamic GnRH deficiency, pituitary LH deficiency, ectopic steroid hormone production, and GnRH analog treatment.

Clinical Utility

LH levels are used as an adjunct in the evaluation of menstrual irregularities, in the workup of patients with suspected hypogonadism, in ovulation timing, in the evaluation of infertility, and in the diagnosis of pituitary disorders.

CPT Code


Test Codes

Antrim #17276, EPIC: LAB5086, SOFT: LH

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