High serum oestradiol level
I came off the pill just xmas 2008 (after 14 years on it). I did try to come off it 10 years ago but was advised to stay on it as I had no periods due to PCOS.
I immediately felt awful, showing all the signs of oestogen dominance. After months of feeling like I was going mad, a friend recommended natural progesterone cream and I have been using it with success ever since. I have also found this website a great help.
I am a different person since using the cream and feel so much better than I have ever felt, which is fabulous.
I have been using the cream for around 11 months and started having periods again, but very irregularly. Recently they have been even more irregular and since I would like to start a family in the next year or so, I went back to my GP and asked for a scan to see if I still have cysts on my ovaries. I am not overweight and don't have any other symptoms of pcos.
I had a blood test and scan. The scan showed I had 12 cysts on one ovary and it was extremely enlarged, the other had 8 visible cysts.
My blood tests showed the following:
serum TSH - 2.76 mIU/L
serum LH - 18.3 iu/L
Serum FSH - 6.2 iu/L
serum prolactin level - 298 mu/L
Serum sex hormone BG - 63 nmol/L
serum progesterone - 2.8nmol/L
serum oestradiol - 235pmol/L
serum testosterone - 1.8 nmol/L
Free androgen index - 2.9%
...plus many more - but I didn't want to list them all. The only one that has an '!' next to as out of normal range is the oestradiol (it says normal range is 30-155).
My GP said that PCOS is likely but did not mention anything else and had referred me to a gynaechologist - although I am reluctant to take any synthetic drugs and would prefer to supplement naturally if possible.
I am awaiting the appointment and just wondered if my progesterone levels seems normal for my age (30 years). Also does the high oestradiol level mean that I am still estrogen dominant and should I up my dosage?
Sorry if this seems a little muddled - as you can tell I am not from a medical background. Many thanks.