Follow-up Test Results

Well, as promised here are my three month follow-up hormone levels.  The red boxes are from my original test results before I started bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, the green boxes are my most recent test results.

Hormone Test In Range (1st Test) Out of Range (1st Test) In Range (2nd Test) Out of Range (2nd Test) Range
Estradiol (saliva)     29.0 High        11.9 High 0.8-12 Estrogen Replacement (optimal 1.5-3.5)
Progesterone (saliva)     11.0 Low         766 High 75-270 Premenopausal (Luteal)
Ratio: Pg/E2 (saliva)        0 Low           64 Low Optimal: 100-500 when E2 1.3-3.3 pg/ml
Testosterone (saliva)      29         47   16-55 (Age Dependent)
DHEAS (saliva)     18.3         8.5   2-23 (Age Dependent)
Cortisol Morn (saliva)       2.2 Low        10.6 High 3.7-9.5
Cortisol Night (saliva)       0.3 Low      0.08   0.4-1.0

Yeah!  I have progesterone, I know it’s a bit high, but Dr. Lee assures me not to worry, “Just cut back your dose, we will achieve that hormone harmony yet!” he says.  And my estrogen is still high as well.  We have reduced my dose, so no worries there either.  The reason I feel so good (as per Dr. Lee) is because I finally have some balance between my estrogen and progesterone even though it is not perfect.  I can’t wait to see how good I’ll feel when they’re balanced!

I must tell you I am worried about all the news lately regarding breast cancer and synthetic hormones.  My goodness, I was on ‘synthetic estrogen’ for eight years- if only I had known about all natural bioidenticals back then!  Yikes, I’m overdue for my mammogram as it is, so I see an x-ray in my near future.

It’s nice to be treated as an individual with specific needs, oh wait, aren’t we all individuals?  I guess someone forgot to tell the traditional doctors that we need individualized care and they cannot PRESCRIBE the exact same does of any drug to every single patient!  That felt good to say!

Happy Hormones,



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  • I, too, worry about all the women who use synthetic hormones, and worse…like the newer birth control “rings” (with progestin, ughhh!) and
    women who are just too timid to question their conventional med doctors.
    It’s sad, really.
    But when you know better, you do better.
    Try not to dwell on what’s done.
    Also, I would re-think that mammogram. My doc says:
    ” It takes 8 years for a tumor to show up anyway, and you’re radiating your breasts yearly, for what? There are better, safer ways…Thermography, Ultrasound, etc. ”
    I hope she’s right, but my gut tellls me she is. So, no more mammograms for me.

  • I just ran across your videos on youtube tonight. You are a fantastic gal for getting this message out there with your videos. I have personally struggled with peri for over two years now. Been told I was too young, had anxiety/panic disorder, that it was because I wasn’t ovulating regularly but it still wasn’t perimenopause!

    After oodles spent on ad’s, supplements, benzos, birth control pills I have decided all of that money could have been better spent on someone that knows how to treat this crap! So years of Doctors not listening I am off to see someone who prescribes biodenticals on Friday, and hoping like mad he willl be the man to finally listen to me and tell me that I AM NOT CRAZY! He will be testing my hormones, which has NEVER been done.

    Like you I also had a hysterectomy, ovaries in tact. One more thing for an uneducated Doc to toss at me, “you have ovaries you don’t need progesterone”! It has been very difficult to find answers for women who still have ovaries following a hysterectomy (I am sure you know this already)

    I frequent a forum, which is full of women going through this hell. You should pop in sometime and read the posts, it’s crazy so many women are suffering and not getting answers from their Doctors.

  • Laura

    Hey, thanks for the website info, Bethanie!

  • Lisa

    Judy B, you are one crazy girl, but I love you! Because of you, I have just made my first appointment with a BodyLogic doctor, and I am so excited that someone may finally be able to balance this body for me so I can get my life back. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Anytime! I have been on there for quite awhile, it does give me relief on those days when I think I must be the only woman going through this. I mentioned this blog so other gals from there can come see the videos and read the entries. The more the merrier….maybe ha ha!

  • Lisa

    Bethanie, yes, thank you for the recommendation! I can’t wait to add to my little bank of knowledge, the more I know the more I can help others. YES!

  • Lisa,
    I am so happy for you! Please tell me who your BodyLogicMD doctor is. Chances are I met him or her in Vegas, if so, use my name.
    Your welcome, your welcome,

  • Bethanie,
    I will take a look at the forum, thanks. Good Luck! Let us know what your test results show…IF YOU WANT! 🙂

  • Lisa

    Judy, my doc is Dr. Pippert, the only one in Minnesota that I know of so far. Still have not had my appointment yet, need to get the saliva/blood tests done first. I cannot tell you how excited I am.

    Did I tell you I’m excited about this opportunity???!!!


  • Lisa,
    I’ve met Dr. Pippert, I played 3 card poker with him and his wife. He is a nice man, I think you’ll like him. Be sure and mention my name! Good Luck!