Use of an immediate, qualitative progesterone assay for determination of day of ovulation in an equine embryo transfer program. Academic Article uri icon


  • An immediate, qualitative enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for progesterone was evaluated for use in determining the day of ovulation in an equine embryo transfer program. Plasma samples were collected from 27 mares from the third day of estrus to the second day of diestrus for 50 cycles. Ovulation was detected by ultrasound examination per rectum. Plasma progesterone concentrations were estimated using the qualitative assay to detect the time of the rise in progesterone after ovulation. Qualitative scores were compared to progesterone concentrations for the same samples as measured by a quantitative ELISA; the correlation between the two methods, expressed as a contingency coefficient, was 0.56. The accuracy of determining day of ovulation using qualitative progesterone results was compared to that achieved using the quantitative assay or detection of the first day of diestrus by teasing. Accuracy in determining day of ovulation +/- 1 d using the three methods was qualitative, 36/50 (72%); quantitative, 44/50 (88%); and teasing, 43/50 (86%). There was a significant difference in accuracy between the qualitative and quantitative progesterone assays (P<0.05).

published proceedings

  • Theriogenology

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Hinrichs, K., Sertich, P. L., Solorzano, N. M., & Caldwell, L. A.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Hinrichs, K||Sertich, PL||Solorzano, NM||Caldwell, LA

publication date

  • January 1988