You've probably had many blood tests over the course of your fertility journey and you may recognize estradiol as one of the hormones that your doctor has tested. Of course, it's a vital hormone for proper reproductive health, however there are a handful of other sex hormones that come into play and actually affect how your body responds to the estrogen hormone. I want to give you a run down on the most important hormones that are likely affecting your fertility so that you can understand your body (and what it needs to function properly), take charge over your health and your fertility and have confidence that you are able to reverse infertility on your own.
Estrogen is pivotal for creating that thick uterine lining that will act as the nourishment and protective place for the fertilized egg to attach and begin to grow. Without proper amounts of estrogen, the uterine lining will be thin and lack the proper nutrients to sustain a pregnancy. On the other hand, having too much estrogen is just as problematic as your body is then deficient in progesterone. Let's talk more about that below.
Progesterone acts as the mediator for estrogen. Too much estrogen puts your body into estrogen overdrive, which creates inflammation and other issues that are not helpful for fertility. Proper estrogen to progesterone ratio is important for conception as well as for sustaining the pregnancy through the most fragile first trimester.
Testosterone is often times higher in women who are struggling with PCOS due to insulin resistance, as well as the lack of progesterone being created by the corpus luteum which naturally occurs after ovulation.
Understanding how to interpret lab test results means that you must know how to read the results in relation to the client as well as having enough of the information available to see the whole picture (meaning getting all of the lab testing done that is needed to understand the issues).
If you are frustrated with not understanding your labs, the lack of communication from your doctor and not getting the results that you were hoping for from reproductive doctors, then I highly encourage you to schedule a free 20 minute consultation with me and get your burning questions answered once and for all!
No, I am not a medical doctor, however I have been studying women's health and reproduction for 8+ years and I have specialized in women's hormones, fertility, pregnancy and childbirth for much of that time to understand that root causes are important to uncover and reverse so that you can recover your natural fertility and be the healthiest possible before you get pregnant. You can read more about me here!