Test Results: Estrogen Is Not My Friend!

Hello friends!

For almost 2 months now I have been going on and on about getting “tested” and it occurred to me that I have never shared my results with you.  Well, here they are.

Let me explain as best I can.

These are the results of my saliva tests.  Yes I know it sounds gross, but I HAD to do it (and it wasn’t really that bad at all)!  There were 4 separate samples taken throughout the day.  This is because our hormone levels naturally fluctuate from morning to night so multiple tests are necessary to get the most accurate results.  The hormone testing measured my cortisol, progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen levels. 

Hormone Test

In Range

Out of Range

Range

Estradiol (saliva)

 

29.0 High

0.8-12 Estrogen Replacement (optimal 1.5-3.5)

Progesterone (saliva)

 

11.0 Low

75-270 Premenopausal (Luteal)

Ratio: Pg/E2 (saliva)

 

0 Low

Optimal: 100-500 when E2 1.3-3.3 pg/ml

Testosterone (saliva)

29

 

16-55 (Age Dependent)

DHEAS (saliva)

18.3

 

2-23 (Age Dependent)

Cortisol Morn (saliva)

 

2.2 Low

3.7-9.5

Cortisol Noon (saliva)

 

0.9 Low

1.2-3.0

Cortisol Evening (saliva)

0.6

 

0.6-1.9

Cortisol Night (saliva)

 

0.3 Low

0.4-1.0

 

Remember way back, when I confessed that I was doubling my dose of estrogen in an attempt to stop my hot flashes, look at my level 29. YIKES!  WAY too high!  No wonder I was the queen of puke.  And look at my progesterone, it’s virtually nonexistent.  I remember stopping Dr. Lee and asking him why my progesterone was so low, he gazed at me almost puzzled and said “Judy, you are in menopause.”   My only response was “oh.”  I knew it, but no one, not any of my past ‘doctors,’ had ever said the word. 

Anyways, this is what I have been talking about when I said that it is so important to know your actual hormone levels, so your bioidentical hormone doctor can treat you properly.  It’s that simple, you’ll get immediate relief from those horrible menopause symptoms.  That’s right, no more hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and low sex drive (*wink wink*)!  Those ‘one size fits all’ medications just don’t work; you need to know where your hormones are before you can start balancing them- it seems pretty logical to me!  So, I cut back my estrogen and started taking natural progesterone; you know the hormone every Doc said I DID NOT need.  It seems it is the one I needed most. 

So pucker up ladies and get spitting.

JudyB

 

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  • What indignities we poor women need to endure. Wouldn’t it have been nice if at least one doctor had once told you that you were in menopause – or are we supposed to figure it all out for ourselves?

    Laura Essendine
    Author – The Accidental Guru
    The Books Limited Blog

     
     
     
  • You Bet Laura – idiots, all of them, except for these doctors. I swear this is a true “specialty” field of medicine. Regular OB’s just don’t get it, and they don’t have the extensive training in hormone therapy like BodyLogicMD doctors do! It is so comforting for me to see my abnormal results, now we can fix them. Judyb

     
     
     
  • Contented

    My hormones are FINALLY balanced, thanks to Dr. Lee. When I hit menopause, I felt just like my car; 50 years old or 50,000 miles whichever came first and the warranties expire! Only difference is I will always trade in my car for a new one. A good sense of humor, a lot of perseverance and prayer got me through this. But no one should suffer as I did. There is something that will help you. Bioidentical hormones and proper nutrition and exercise. So many women are afraid to do anything because they are afraid of cancer. All my friends that have had cancer never had hormone treatments. As a matter of fact cancer came around the time of menopause. I wonder if the hormones had been properly balanced if this could have been avoided? I feel great and have started to get rid of the extra pounds that I have been carrying around for the last 5 years. Life is good, but quality of life is even better.
    Laura

     
     
     
  • Mrs. K.C.

    Thank you for allowing this discussion about menopause and estrogen repacement therapy, most venerable Oprah and Suzanne Somers. In 1979, i had a hysterectomy and was given estrogen repacement therapy. My friends from San Francisco told me that my high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack could have arisen out of this “Estrogen therapy.” I don’t know, but after 30 years of taking estrogen wouldn’t you think Doctors would discuss other medical options like “bioidentical-hormone therapy. Is it true that too much estrogen after so many decades can precipitate memory loss and contribute to the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease? Lastly, since i am poor , can i afford to take this expensive treatment?
    Thank you very much for helping older women whom like myself are poorly informed by their Doctors and are too scared to ask others these pertinent medical concerns. Appreciately, Mrs. Last Chance.