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Unread 04-29-2002, 10:47 AM
Estrogen levels

Hi everyone. Just got the results of my estrogen tests. My doctor tells me they are at 38. She says that is a little low but still within the normal range. I asked her what the levels were supposed to be but she said it varies from one woman to another, that she prefers to go by how a woman is feeling instead of by the numbers. I had been taking 1 mg. Estrace once a day and she has upped that to include an extra .5mg three times a week to start out with. She doesn't want to up the levels too high because of a family history of breast cancer. I am curious, does anyone know what the normal levels are supposed to be? Thanks a bunch!
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Unread 04-29-2002, 11:43 AM
Estrogen levels

Pam your doc is right about the wide range and YOUR normal being in there somewhere. Here is a reference from my lab. BTW, you can also ask your docs office for a copy of your labs so that you may see them for yourself and see what their references are.

Follicular phase-10-200
Mid cycle- 100-400
Luteal Phase-15-260

Post menopausal 0-50

As you can see, there is a large range there. Alot of gals in the jungle have reported that they feel great around 80 but I did not. I feel MY best around 180 and I'm sure there are girls who feel best at doses higher than that.
So you can see that while testing and numbers can be helpful, symptoms also play a big role in this process. We tested my numbers once I was feeling great. The labs reflected the same thing I was feeling and now I know that around 180 is where I should be should anything ever go awry.
Do let us know how the extra estrogen helps but remember to give it alittle time to work S
Unread 04-29-2002, 12:13 PM
Estrogen levels

Thanks Brenda!! Wow! I guess my levels are a little low. It will be interesting to see how I feel in a few weeks. The doctor said to try the little extra for a month or so and then if that doesn't seem enough we'll up the estrogen again. I will have to try to remember to have her send me a copy of my labs. Thanks again for the info
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Unread 04-29-2002, 01:31 PM
Estrogen levels

Sounds like you've got a good doctor there. As Brenda said the lab ranges are generally very large and hormones are really an individual thing. I think it's great that your doctor is also basing her judgement on your symptoms.

Do let us know how you do on the increased dose.
Unread 04-29-2002, 04:31 PM
Estrogen levels

Hi Pam,

Perhaps you saw my post from last week? I had blood work drawn and my estrogen levels were checked. According to my DR mine were low at 29. My DR increased my V.Dot .05 prescription to .1. She had history on my levels so they registered low. I will continue to have mine checked each year. She thought because I was young (47) active & thin that my body is just using up the estrogen very rapidly. Just thought I share...& good luck to you with your new dose.

Sister Katie

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