Can't find much info on low estradiol. All my searches bring up male body builder sites...which I am not! :) I am 34, have been off OC for 19 mos & charting until this past July when I thought it was getting in the way of my natural instincts. I do not see a RE but just started acupuncture. My acupuncturist was unsure of the significance on the low E2. She looked a bit concerned with my FSH of 9.26 but all other day 3 labs were within normal limits. I had "day 21"/progesterone blood work done today but think that will be off because my first negative OPK was today after 4 positive ones..so I probably just ovulated. Anyway...any info about low estradiol or your experiences with it will be much appreciated!
Can we see the complete list of your results?
Thank you for responding & inquiring!
RTH 2.06 (I believe this is TSH)
E2 <20.0 (lab does not give a value if less than 20)
Testosterone, total 15
DHEA sulfate 158
Day 21 (actually 22):
I think the E2 is low. But I can't be positive. I just remember mine being in the low 30's and my RE saying it was a little low, but that was it. Never explained what that means to me. Sorry, whish I could help more.
Who ordered the lab tests? Can they explain the results?
I found this website: http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/low-estrogen-levels-can-this-affect-ovulation.html talks about low Estrogen and how it can make ttc very difficult.
Most of what I'm reading says a high E2 level can surpress FSH levels and interfer with ovulation, but the above web site says low E2 levels will cause thin uteran lining and there for a non-hospitable environment for implantaion.
But I can't find the cut off number for low E2. High is anything over 80-100.
What are your cycles like and what unit is the progesterone in ng/ml or nmol/l?
Progesterone is in ng/ml.
My cycles are 28-31 days with O around day 19. I think I have average CM and my cervix gets soft/high/open. My temps are on the low end but I do have a rise after O. AF only lasts a few days and flow is scant...very different than the heavy/painful AF I had pre OC's.
jbizzy: Thank you so much for the link to that website and for the info!
All of your numbers look fine for that day with this history. FSH is on the high end but that is usually the body's way of compensating to get things going (raise FSH and everything else gets pulled along). As long as you are ovulating then estrogen is rising (with O on CD19 later than usual but still rising in sufficient amts for O). With A CD22 of 15.7 ng/ml ovulation is definitely strong and producing a good CL. That doesn't mean estrogen is not effecting your lining so it may well be addition of estrogen could be of benefit if you don't see a viable PG in a reasonable amt of time. Low estrogen also can throw off your E/P ratio and you'll see a shortened LP. Under 10 days and again you def may need some help in the estrogen dept. I'll pull up a menstrual flow chart and you can see if you have an adequate amt of lining. It still may be that it isn't developing correctly but the fewer things gone wrong the lower the boost you may need.If you are over 35 and have already been TTC then a visit to an RE or at least a GYN that is familiar enough with levels and how they work together (along with what they effect) should get you started on a supplement (usually a patch for estrogen). If you are taking anything over the RDA of 2-2.5mg of B6 STOP as higher amts than necessary lower estrogen. If you are under weight gaining a small percent can help.
jbizzy - anything lower than 20 on CD3 for estrogen is considered low
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dj rayne & jbizzy: Thank you SO much for the information & advice. Although this was my first post, I have been looking to both of you to answer my questions for the last two years...so it's nice to finally say "hello".
jbizzy: I've also been following your journey and was so excited when you got your BFP...so a very late congratulations on your beautiful addition!