Can you help me figure out if my ratio is bad?

by Ann

These were done in blood tests:

E2 93
P - 1.5

Can someone calculate this?

I take 30 mg of compounded p a night and a dab during the day.

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Jan 14, 2011
Melatonin for the Insomnia
by: Wray

Hi there Melatonin can help sleep, as it's the sleep hormone. I prefer to use tryptophan, it's the precursor amino acid to serotonin, which is the precursor to melatonin. We do have info about tryp on our Natural Antidepressants page. I prefer tryp because often serotonin is low too, and melatonin can't help increase levels, whereas tryp can. Some people find melatonin works very well, others don't. So do try it and if you find it's not working for you, then consider using the tryp instead. I don't know how much progesterone you are getting, not knowing which cream you are using and it's strength. I recommend 100-200mg/day, dependant on symptoms. Please see these pages for more info on How to use progesterone cream or Peri-menopause if you are now in this phase. It must be used a minimum of twice a day, if not more. It can take time to start helping too, up to 3 months in some women, dependant on many things. Their age, stress levels, as stress drops progesterone, whether it's winter or summer, as levels drop during the dark days of winter, how much oestrogen is present and more. It can work far quicker in some, a few days in fact, again dependant on how much is used and the above factors. It could be you are short of vitamin D, this is low in most of us. A lack of this vitamin reduces the benefits of progesterone, plus it can cause insomnia. Please consider having a test done, for more info see the Vitamin D council website. Take care Wray

Jan 14, 2011
Can you help me figure out if my ratio is bad?
by: Wray

Hi Ann I would need to know what measurements were used, but I'll take a guess. Oestrogen blood tests are normally done in pg/ml, whereas progesterone is done in ng/ml. The measurements have to be the same to get the ratio, ie to convert the progesterone result into pg/ml you multiply by 1000, giving 1500pg/ml. Then this figure is divided by the oestrogen result, ie 93, which gives you a ratio of 16:1, extremely low. I've found from Saliva Tests we run, that the ratio should be 600:1 and over to feel well. I recommend 100-200mg/day dependant on symptoms. If you're finding the 30mg plus a dab sufficient, then continue with it, but it's far too low to my mind to have much affect. You might like to read our page on How to use progesterone cream. If you should consider increasing it, please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance first. Take care Wray

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