I still don't understand.

by Nicole
(Houston, TX, USA)

When I called my doctor's office today the assistant gave me my lab results from my last two hormone checks:

July June
E2 46.9 48.0
Prog 1.3 1.3
FSH 7.8 8.7
LH 5.8 10.1

She said my labs were good except my progesterone. She didn't give me the units they were measured in and the numbers I am reading on this site just don't match. I would like to know how low my progesterone needs to be so I can see what I can do at home to help this number get lower.

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Aug 08, 2011
I still don't understand.
by: Wray

Hi Nicole You don't say whether you had a blood or saliva test, so it's difficult to help you. A serum test measures E2 in pg/ml and progesterone in ng/ml, but progesterone and E2 are both measured in pg/ml if a saliva test. But it appears you had a blood test, as your E2 would be far too high at 48.0. The last thing you need to do is get your progesterone lower, as it's far too low at 1.3, assuming you had a blood test. The level should be 5-20ng/ml if taken during the mid-luteal phase, which is always ±7 days after ovulation or before bleeding. It's pointless having a test done at any other time, as progesterone will always register low. See Medline Progesterone. Your ratio of progesterone to oestrogen is only 27:1, we've found from Saliva Tests we run, that the ratio should be 600:1 and over to feel well. If you should consider using progesterone please see our page on How to use progesterone for more info. But before deciding, please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance first, as this can occur and is disconcerting if it does. Take care Wray

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