Female Reproductive Hormones

The reproductive hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) are considered “master regulators.” They affect not only fertility and reproduction, but also mood, concentration, strength, stamina, resiliency, metabolism, inflammation, flexibility, and sleep. If you have issues with any of these, reproductive hormone balancing may help.

If you have not been taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacements, the first test could be saliva or urine. However if you do take hormone replacement or oral contraceptives, blood tests will be necessary. Occasionally, the tests will need to be collected several times during the course of the month. The best time to take the tests is usually Day 14 of the cycle.

The following tests should be collected:

  • Total estrogens
  • Estradiol: produced by specific structures in the ovary and conversion from testosterone or estrone
  • Progesterone: produced by specific structures in the ovary
  • Luteinizing hormone: related to progesterone secretion
  • Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH): related to estrogen secretion
  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin: binds both estrogen and testosterone
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: important for proper reproductive hormone production

Occasionally the following tests will be necessary:

  • Estrone: produced by fat cells
  • Prolactin: affects reproductive hormone production

Cofactors:

  • B Vitamins
  • Magnesium

Detoxification Products:

  • 2-hydroxyestrone – protective of breast health
  • 4-Hydroxyestrone – Non protective of breast health
  • 2-Methoxyestrone
  • 4-Methoxyestrone – protective of breast health
  • 16 alpha-hydroxyestrone – non protective of breast health