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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, What should a total estrogens theraputic range be? Im a 37 year old female. Not on any hormonal replacement therapies. My result came back this out of normal range for a total estrogen level.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr. xxx
User :   hi
Doctor :   What is the units for the value you had given here?
User :   ml
User :   pg/ml i think
Doctor :   Did you attain menopause?
Doctor :   Actually the total estrogen differs based on the age, menstrual period, menopause
User :   no menopause
User :   normal reproductive years
Doctor :   Ok, then the normal value of estradiol is 50 to 400 pg/ml
Doctor :   Your levels are raised
User :   what is the range of 400-800
User :   my results showed normal theraputic range but my doctor is telling me i am hi
User :   high
User :   sorry
Doctor :   I think your doctor is correct, as the normal is 50 to 400
Doctor :   and you have 653pg/ml
Doctor :   I want to ask you one more question
User :   not that is my total estrogen level together
Doctor :   When is the blood tested? which part of your menstrual cycle as the level differ?
User :   i was at my peak time around day 1
User :   12
Doctor :   What is 12?
User :   day 12
Doctor :   What is Day 1 that you mentioned above?
User :   i messed up typing
Doctor :   Estrogen levels are at their highest in the cycle just before the woman ovulates.
Doctor :   that is Day 12 as you said
Doctor :   Levels will fall dramatically then, stimulating ovulation
User :   on my lab results it states normal range is between 400 and 800 so this is why i'm not understanding why he tells me i am high
User :   i believe your estrogen peaks before ovulation
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   We consider 50 to 400 is normal range
Doctor :   and hence your value falls in high range
User :   ok never mind..........
Doctor :   Why did you see a doctor first of all?
User :   physical and felt like my hormones were off
User :   i asked him to do some hormone test
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have some symptoms?
User :   irratiable and hair loss
User :   mood swings
User :   he is checking my adrenal glands
User :   tumor
User :   for a tumor i guess
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   To continue the discussion, your oestrogen level is in high range
Doctor :   and if you do not have any particular symptom you can retest it next month
User :   i just wanted to talk because when i called today my nurse told me my estrogen was normal so i'm confused
Doctor :   and confirm it
Doctor :   If you keep taking different opinions you are more confused
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