What Are Normal Estrogen Levels?

Estrogen levels are typically below 20 pg/ml for post-menopausal women.
An adult woman's reproductive system.
Female athletes in the midst of extreme training regimens often show low levels of estrogen.
The levels of estrogen vary greatly during each part of the menstrual cycle.
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Estrogen, the female sex hormone, varies in terms of normal levels. When tested, estrogen levels are measured based on picograms per milliliter, abbreviated as pg/ml. What doctors consider as normal estrogen levels for a woman of reproductive age and normal levels of a post-menopausal woman vary. Likewise, estrogen levels fluctuate based on where a woman is in her menstrual cycle. Typically, the amount of estradiol, the predominant form of estrogen in human females, ranges between 50-400 pg/ml for women of reproductive age and under 20 pg/ml for menopausal and post-menopausal women.

The female body actually produces three different types of estrogen: estrone, estradiol, and estriol. Estradiol is responsible for signaling the body to begin the ovulation process, as well as other stages of the menstrual cycle. As one of three forms of estrogen, estradiol is the most prominent. Testing estrogen levels most often equates to testing for estradiol.

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In women of typical reproductive age, the level of estradiol in the body fluctuates from day to day, even from hour to hour. The body releases hormones in short pulses, based on numerous physiological factors such as stages of the menstrual cycle, environmental and dietary factors, and age. If a woman’s body releases a pulse of hormones just before a testing series, the results would naturally show higher levels, although not necessarily high enough to classify as abnormally elevated levels. Since so many factors influence the amount of estrogen in a woman’s system at any given time, the span of test results deemed within normal range is understandably wide.

For menopausal women, normal estrogen levels typically do not fluctuate as much as during reproductive years. Since a woman’s menstrual cycle ceases after menopause, the body requires less estradiol. The body no longer needs to rely on hormones circulating in the body to trigger the ovulation cycle, so estrogen levels obviously drop in response. The hormonal system needs only to produce enough estrogen to maintain essential body functions, resulting in more stabilized, predictable estrogen levels.

Consistently lower-than-normal estrogen levels in women of typical reproductive age can signal fertility issues and other health problems. For example, low levels of estrogen occur in anorexic women, athletes undergoing extreme training routines, women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, as well as women with a recent failed pregnancy. Alternatively, elevated levels of estrogen can signal different health problems, such as ovarian or adrenal tumors, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Medications such as steroids and ampicillin also affect normal estrogen levels.

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anon336345
Post 4

What does it mean to have a 30.12 level of estradiol?

bear78
Post 3

Not just during the menstrual cycle, but estrogen levels keep changing during pregnancy as well. My estrogen levels were constantly changing when I was pregnant. My doctor said this is normal.

turquoise
Post 2

@fify-- Don't test results give reference numbers for comparison? Different laboratories can use slightly different reference ranges for their tests, so the numbers I'm giving you might not apply.

You need take your son's age into account because the levels of estrogen in men vary based on age. If he's in puberty, normal estrogen reference range is between 23 and 84 pg/ml. If he's older, the reference range is between 25 and 50 pg/ml.

fify
Post 1

What's normal estrogen levels for men?

My son is suffering from enlarged breasts. His doctor said that this might be due to higher than normal estrogen levels.

He had a blood test done and the lab results are back. But his doctor is out of town until next week, so we have to wait to know if his estrogen is normal or not. If I can figure out what the normal range is, we can do some research about this online before the doctor's appointment.

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