Estradiol (E2) is also spelled as oestradiol. A major female sex hormone, estradiol is also an estrogen steroid hormone. Regulation of the estrous and menstrual female reproductive cycles is its primary role.
Not only does Estradiol play a role in the development of female secondary sexual characteristics but it also has an important part to play in the development and maintenance of female reproductive tissues.
Produced by the follicles of the ovaries, Estradiol is a natural hormone as well as used as medicine in hormone replacement therapy.
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The estradiol blood test measures the amount of the hormone present in your blood. It is also known as the E2 test.
If there is a problem with the rate at which your female or male sex characteristics are growing, then your doctor may suggest an estradiol test.
You may also need an E2 test if you have been experiencing the following:
The E2 test can also determine if you have an ovarian tumor. These symptoms may prompt your doctor to order an estradiol test.
An estradiol blood test can also be used to keep track of infertility treatments or if you are pregnant.
The risks associated with having an estradiol blood test are low. They may include:
High estrogen levels can cause:
15 to 350 pictograms per milliliter (pg/mL) is the Estradiol normal range. For women who have undergone menopause, normal levels should be below 10 pg/mL.
Estradiol levels that are higher than normal may suggest:
Lower than normal levels of estradiol may suggest:
The Estradiol test cost will vary depending on the lab and your location.
E2 treatment includes getting Estradiol hormone therapy.
Taking the Estradiol medication may result in certain side effects:
Your doctor can let you know the certain factors that can affect estradiol levels. You may need to stop medications before you can take this test because certain medications can affect your result.
Some medications that can affect your estradiol levels include:
The Estradiol levels are not constant throughout the day or cycle. You may need to get your Estradiol levels checked out at a specific day and time.
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