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Estrogen level of 8 in peri menopausal women

By April 18, 2011 - 4:03pm
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I'm 50 and around a year ago I started getting awful hot flushes, severe mood swings, insomnia, and more than the usual amount of hair loss. My Dr checked my fsh and said my menopause had started. She put me on Elleste 1mg. This has helped quite a bit with the hot flushes, but I still have mood swings, insomnia and a lot of hair loss.
I asked for a blood test to check my hormone levels. The Dr said my estrogen was totally normal and 8. She didn't mention anything abnormal, and offered me antidepressants. I don't feel right, and I'm sure this is a hormone inbalance. Looking at estrogen charts, 8 seems extremely low? The lack of sleep, hair loss and mood swings are making me miserable

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I don't have all the answers but if it's any consolation, I too, have finally reached menopause. I can appreciate what you too are going through. Each of us is unique, so our symptoms and response to changes in estrogen levels will be unique. Here are the links to a few slide show articles which I discovered some helpful information while doing the research:
Hope this helps, even a little,

August 10, 2011 - 5:47pm

I don't understand why its soooo hard to find out any answers in this menopause thing! I'm in perimenopause...I THINK. I have all the symtoms, and I'm going nuts and always in pain 20 or more days a month. I went to the Dr. and she said that whatever I was doing, keep doing that I look great for 48! I'm ready to contact Susanne Summers and see what shes doing with those bioidentials and maybe go for it. I'm so tired of not being able to work or have a life. Any advice of what I should be asking the Dr. when I go AGAIN on the 15th of Aug??? Love to hear some advice. Hanging in there!!

August 9, 2011 - 1:42pm

I don't understand my estrogen score of 8 either, and when I checked levels, it left me more confused, as my score sounds extremely low? I have been happily married for 30 years, so this is also affecting my husband.

April 19, 2011 - 4:26am

Hi Chloe,
I am so sorry to hear that you have not gotten relief from the mood swings, insomnia and hair loss. You could be right that you have a hormone imbalance and maybe, the imbalance is in another gland, such as your thyroid gland.
As far as your score of 8 for estrogen level, I am confused on the range of measurement used in your testing. According to MedlinePlus: An estradiol test measures estrogen levels and the normal range is30 to 400 picograms per milliliters for perimenopausal women and 0 to 30 picograms per milliliters for postmenopausal women.
If you are not feeling well and are hesitant to take the prescribed antidepressants, I suggest you get a second opinion from another doctor.

April 18, 2011 - 5:04pm
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