These hormones, is it me?

by Donna

Hi Wray, I will be 52 in Oct. I have extreme anxiety, depression, among other things. My doctor ordered a series of hormone tests. My fsh 4.0 progesterone level 0.5 lh is 5.0 and my estradiol is 197.6 (serum).

I don't know what all this means. These tests were done on my 7th day of my period. I started my period at the age of 12 or 13, if that means anything. By the way I e-mailed you and you answered me back, if you can remember I'm the one who was put on Clomid to get pregnant, and have been depressed all my life, with anxiety, it is lot worse. I have ordered the Natpro cream. I'm on my 4th day. I did notice that when I put it on my varicose vein, it seemed it almost disappeared. I feel that is good. Sorry this is so long. Any advice you can give me would be very helpful. I will be waiting for your response! Thank you so much!

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Aug 26, 2010
These hormones, is it me?
by: Wray

Hi Donna I'm very puzzled why the test was done on the 7th day of your period, or do you mean cycle? It should be done ±7 days before you bleed, of ±7 days after you ovulate. The luteal phase in all women is always 12-14 days before we bleed. It's midway between this phase that progesterone peaks. So taking it on day 7 of your cycle would mean progesterone would be very low, which your result shows. And oestrogen would be high, which your result also shows. So the result is meaningless, as it's the ratio of the two hormones during the luteal phase that is critical. Using the figures you've given me your ratio is 0.00253 progesterone to oestrogen, whereas it should be over 300:1, better still if it's 600:1. I do remember your email, but I can't remember if I gave you the link to our page on Anxiety. Please look through this, as it gives a list of nutrients which help with depression and anxiety. So pleased it seems to have helped your varicose veins, it is an anti-inflammatory. Please watch out for oestrogen dominance symptoms, most disconcerting if they occur, please see our page on Oestrogen Dominance. And please make sure you are using enough, between 100-200mg/day. Take care Wray

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