Estrogen level testing-Indications & Results
Estrogen levels should be tested when you experience symptoms of certain conditions that can affect estrogen levels. It is an essential hormone for both men and women. The test can be done at home or in the lab. Depending on your results, the doctor tells you whether you need further testing or not for diagnosis.
When do you need it?
This test is required during pregnancy or if you experience signs and symptoms of certain conditions. Women need this test if they:
- Are experiencing early or delayed puberty.
- Are of childbearing age or experiencing an abnormal menstrual cycle or no menstrual at all.
- Have a high-risk pregnancy.
- Use hormone replacement therapy after menopause
- Are experiencing vaginal bleeding after menopause.
- Have trouble getting pregnant.
- Have tumors that impact estrogen production.
If you are planning for pregnancy, you may need to take an estriol test between the 15 to 20th week of your pregnancy. The test may be a part of a group of prenatal tests called a triple screen test or a quad screening test. The test can help to check whether your baby is at risk of genetic birth defects or not. Chances of birth defects are high if you:
- Have a family history of birth defects
- Are 35 or older.
- Have diabetes
- Had a viral infection during pregnancy.
Males need estrogen testing in case of:
- Delayed puberty
- A tumor that produces estrogen
- Enlarged breasts or other symptoms of too much estrogen.
What does the result mean?
The result of estrogen tests can vary from person to person depending on factors like age, sex, and health history. While measurement values can vary between laboratories. Here are standard measurement values of estrogen levels in males and females:
- Premenopausal female’s normal estrogen level – 30 to 400 pg/mL.
- Postmenopausal female’s normal estrogen level – 0 to 30 pg/mL.
- Males’ normal estrogen levels – 10 to 50 pg/mL.
If estrogen levels are higher than normal in men and women, it indicates:
- Tumors in the adrenal glands, ovaries, and testes
- Early puberty
If estrogen levels are lower than normal in men and women, it indicates:
- Ovarian failure or premature menopause (happens when ovaries stop functioning before the age of 40).
- Turner syndrome is a genetic disease that makes a female have only one X chromosome instead of two.
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (a hormonal disorder that causes many symptoms and leads to infertility in women).
- Depleted estrogen production (caused by low body fat &/or hypopituitarism).
- Hypogonadism happens when the ovaries or testes don’t produce enough hormones.
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