Blood test results... HELP!

by Tiffany
(Texas)

Okay, I posted on here a few weeks ago and I just got my progesterone/estradiol results from my blood tests. I need some help interpretting them:

Progesterone was 6.9 ng/ml

Estradiol was 88 pg/ml

My Doctor said that it was all "normal, and within range". But I still feel like crap. Can you help me determine if this is really a good ratio?

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Nov 03, 2010
Blood test results... HELP!
by: Wray

Hi Tiffany The luteal phase is always 12-14 days long in all women. To check if you did in fact ovulate on day 10, count the days to when your period first starts. If it's 12-14 days, then that's when you ovulated. Therefore day 16 is when you should have had the test done. I've given below the ranges for progesterone and oestrogen.....
Progesterone (serum)
Female (follicular) < 1 ng/ml
Female (luteal) 5 to 20 ng/ml
Medline Progesterone
Oestradiol (serum)
Female (premenopausal) 30 - 400 pg/ml
Medline Oestradiol

So yes your levels are within range, although your progesterone is at the low end. But it's not the quantity present that's the critical factor, but the ratio between the two. Yours works out at 78.4:1, I've found to feel well it needs to be over 600:1. We know this from before and after saliva tests we run regularly. So it's no wonder you feel as you do! I can't remember if I told you how much to use, but I recommend between 100-200mg/day. For more info please read our page on How to use progesterone cream. If you're not using it, or have to increase the amount, please see our page on Oestrogen Dominance. This can occur when first using it, or increasing the level. I'm going to post this answer on both pages, in case you miss one. Take care Wray

Nov 03, 2010
Re: Your Blood results
by: Eve

It will all depend when the blood was taken - what part of your cycle you were in...how old are you? You should ask your doctor not only for the numbers, but the entire report. It will show you in your lutheal phase 6.9 would be extremely low progesterone, however if you were in your follicular or ovulation phase it would be a different story. You only have a small piece of information based on your blog...so I would suggest getting a copy of your full lab report - they are your property and it's really important to track the various lab results.

Nov 04, 2010
thanks
by: Tiffany

Thanks for the comments...

Eve, I'm 30. The blood was drawn 7 days after ovulation. (I thought it was 6 days, but I was wrong, it was 7) I think the progesterone is too low also. I'm really hoping I can get it back up and stabalized to have more children. I have had three pregnancies (2 live births). And was diagnosed with low progesterone with all of them. However, I was always told that it wouldn't affect me outside of pregnancy. Turns out that was a lie. Doctors need to get up to date with new research and information, not to mention actually listen to their patients.

Nov 08, 2010
thanks
by: Wray

Hi again Tiffany I do agree with your last sentiments. Take care Wray

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