Oestrogen (E2) Testing
How to check your Oestrogen levels with a home fingerprick blood test kit
What Is An Oestrogen Test For?
An Oestrogen test is also known as an Estrogen, Oestrone (E1), Oestradiol (E2) and Oestriol (E3) test.
The Oestrogen (E2) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Oestrogen in a fingerprick blood sample.
Oestrogens are steroid sex hormones responsible for female reproductive organ function and secondary sex characteristics.
Together with progesterone they regulate the menstrual cycle & help maintain a healthy pregnancy.
There are three main forms of oestrogen and this test measures oestradiol (E2) as a good marker for overall ovarian function.
What If Oestrogen Test Levels Are High?
Interpretation of high oestradiol levels must be done with caution as the levels vary throughout the menstrual cycle and there are also natural daily variations.
Many metabolic conditions can lead to increased oestradiol levels. Illnesses such as impaired liver and kidney function, anaemia or high blood pressure can affect oestradiol levels.
Following a high oestradiol test result, further testing is recommended to look at the trend of your results over time.
What If Oestrogen Test Levels Are Low?
Interpretation of low oestradiol levels must be done with caution as the levels vary throughout the menstrual cycle and there are also natural daily variations.
Low oestrogen can be caused by many conditions. Anything which damages or affects the ovaries can lead to reduced levels of oestrogen.
As such low oestrogen can be a sign of approaching menopause. This transition period is called perimenopause and usually affects women over the age of 40.
Estrogen levels can also decline for several other reasons including:
- excessive exercise
- premature ovarian failure
- being severely underweight, or having an eating disorder like anorexia
- a low-functioning pituitary gland
- thyroid disorders
Women who have low levels of oestrogen may benefit from hormonal treatment.
This can reduce the risk of bone loss, cardiovascular disease, and other hormonal imbalances.
It's recommended to discuss this further with your GP.
How To Test Oestrogen?
You can check your Oestrogen levels by buying a home fingerprick blood test kit from just £59 using the following test kits: