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How Estrogen Levels Affect Your Fertility

on Aug 06, 2012

by Prabha Sahgal, MD

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How Estrogen Levels Affect Your Fertility

A proper balanced level of estrogen is essential for a woman looking to get pregnant. Learn about the how your estrogen levels affect your fertility and how you can balance your estrogen levels naturally.

The level of estrogen impinges upon fertility and in order to conceive, an appropriate level of estrogen is called for. Too low estrogen or too much estrogen affects, in the same manner, the chances of conceiving. Therefore, a proper balanced level of estrogen is essential for the woman looking to get pregnant. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What if I have low levels of estrogen?

Estrogen is prevalent in the first half of the menstrual period and it reaches the highest level during the process of ovulation. If there is low estrogen, ovulation could be suppressed altogether or other fertility related problems could occur, such as no thickening of the uterine lining required for the implantation of the fertilized eggs. Symptoms pinpointing low estrogen are vaginal dryness, hot flashes, loss of libido, migraines and sweating during nighttime.

What if I have high levels of estrogen?

Excessive levels of estrogen are not good news either for women attempting to get pregnant. A series of extrinsic factors are responsible for the imbalanced levels of estrogen in the female body, such as xenoestrogens which interfere with our natural hormonal balance and have serious side effects not only on the reproductive system, but on the overall health too. Xenoestrogens are kept in our fat cells following the exposure to synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and insecticides, skin care products incorporating parabens and cleaning products. An improper diet mostly consisting of fat animal products and by-products, like diary products and in particular fatty red meat does not help either, since it enhances the assimilation of the abovementioned products and chemicals we find ourselves exposed to every day.

Preserving natural estrogen levels

One way of preserving our natural estrogen levels from the intrusion of xenoestrogens is through the means of consuming food rich in phytoestrogens. Some of the sources of these exogenous estrogens are mostly soy products, such as soy milk, tofu, soy meat, integral cereals and also a variety of herbs, such as alfalfa sprouts, spirulina, flax oil, dill seeds and red clover. This type of estrogen works against that harming our chances of becoming parents and aids in maintaining and improving our fertility status. Phytoestrogens, namely isoflavones and flavonoids are also present in various vegetables, fruit, bee products and they fight against free radicals, responsible for stress, infertility issues, premature aging and various medical disorders.

How to balance your estrogen levels

Any of these hormonal imbalances can disrupt the ability to conceive. A careful monitoring of your estrogen level increases the chances of achieving a pregnancy. A healthy diet works miracles as far as the optimal fertility status is concerned. Moreover, you can balance your estrogen level in a natural way without appealing to prescribed estrogen supplementation. Bee products, in particular bee pollen and royal jelly are excellent for the feminine reproductive system, having similar properties to our hormones and helping to restore the endocrine balance. Proper stress management, the avoidance of plastics, less exposure to pollution, switching to natural skin care products, they are necessary steps you need to consider before attempting to be expecting. A healthier and safer environment associated with eating organic foods will boost naturally your chances of having a healthy baby.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • sassylady14

    I have been trying to get pregnant for 7yrs im 25. Do you think i should try taking fertility pills?

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    If you think you are experiencing infertility, the first step would be to see your doctor in order to get evaluated for any underlying conditions that may affect fertility and for you to promptly receive the appropriate treatment you need. This goes the same for your partner. This will be an opportunity for you to understand your current condition and to discuss and explore your options to enhance your fertility, like taking fertility pills. In the meantime, increase your chances by tracking your cycles in order to pinpoint your ovulation dates and time intercourse on fertile days. Making healthy lifestyle changes and taking prenatal vitamins can also help boost your fertility. Reducing stress and anxiety to a minimum is also important for it can be a significant impediment to conception.

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  • brickhouse42

    I have had one child,  and then had a miscarriage 3 years later…we are trying to get pregnant again and my periods are out of wack….went to dr.  took multiple blood test and ultra sounds…she said my hormone level is too high.  She (Dr.) said hormone levels are high as in pre-menopause high…what does this mean?  She sent me to a specialist….have not gone there yet…what does this mean?  ?Thanks…

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4BXJN3MPPBHZCTGN4A3FYOLXSU Deena

    what should a woman do if she can only carry a pregancy for 13 weeks max and have had six miscarries alrready

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  • http://twitter.com/lkjjkujk ma

    Hi,
    I have been taking a medicine for my skin called Accumax, I used it for 4 months and then when I started to take less of it I , I went through menopause symptoms. how can I know what is the level of Estrogen in my body? and what should I do to bring the balance back? it seems my whole body had lost its balance? 

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    There are lots of ways to balance your hormones naturally. You can eat more omega-3 fatty acids such as hempseed, flaxseed or olive oil. You should also avoid caffeine, get enough sleep and exercise frequently. You can visit your doctor and have your estrogen levels checked.

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  • Megan

    Hi im 25 and I have an Underactive Thyroid which i am taking thyroid Medication. I have no periods at all but i do get the vaginal discharge and symptoms of a period even the clear egg white type during the time id usually try for a baby. I want to get periods back as i want a family once im married and also, can having sex during a period stop a period all together?

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  • Dianademeterova

    Hyhuyhuu

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  • Jennifer

    Hi last august I went on my holiday and that week I was suppost to get my period but I tOok on my pill so I don’t get it when I stoped I got my period normally but after that I didn’t I went to my doctore he took blood from me and told me I have low hormOnes ( low estrogen ) so he put me back on the pill when I take my 21 tablets I get my period but I want to go off them so cuz I want to get pregnant is there a chance for me still to have a health baby and can I fix my hormone levels back to normal

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  • Jennifer

    Hi I went past august on my holidays and that week I was suppost to get my period but I took on my pill so I don’t get it when I stoped taking the pill I got my period normally . Butafter that I didn’t I went to my doctor and he tOok blood from me he told me I have low hormones (low estrogen) he Put me bam on the pill so I get my period when I take my 21 tablets I get my period but I want to stop cuz I want tO get Pregnant is there anychance of me having a healthy baby still. And to put my hormones back into normal

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  • martymambo

    Hello
    I was confused about my lab tests I had done last year for my fertility work up . I had a day 3 and day 10  estrodial level and my RE said my estrodial didn’t go up by much so he put me on clomid. I responded very well to the clomid. My fsh by the way was 6.4 .  
    So in this scenario, what is the etiology of the problem? Is is that the ovaries aren’t  being stimulated enough by my natural chemistry? I get my period every month so I as thinking that my estodial level would be rising to trigger ovulation but no so given the day 10 estodial test. 

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  • Vmiller1977

    If had to use Clomid the first time to get pregnant. will I have to use Clomid again to get pregnant a second time. I have pcos

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  • Alinan44

    Hi,
     I had hcg shot on Feb 27 and 28 and 2 IUIs. Today March 11 my estrogen is 100 and hcg is 10.5. Is it good or bad?

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Yes; if Clomid had helped you in conceiving your first pregnancy, then there is no doubt that it can increase your chances of conception the second time around.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    It is best that she already starts taking prenatal vitamins and folic acid supplements prior to conception to increase her chances of conceiving the child to full term. It is also important that she must have bed rest, and avoid stress to somehow prevent the risks of miscarriages.

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  • Amsl86

    I had a blood test on the first day of my menstruation. My estradiol level was <44. FSH and LSH were normal. I have irregular periods and have been trying to conceive for 8 months.

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  • MayLove

    I’ve been trying to get pregnant since October 2010,my Fertility MD dx me w/ premature ovarian insufficiency. Is there any hope for me?Your advice are highly appreciated,thanks!

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  • kt

    I had my son in Dec 2011 about 2-3 weeks later started birth control pill. Aug, 2012 I stopped taking birth control to try and get pregnant but have only had two periods since stopping birth control. I get cramps sometimes that feel like my period is going to start but doesn’t. Any advice as to why this might be happening.

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  • Mrs. Shah

    I am 34 year old lady with 7 yeas married life. Consult a no gynecologist, keen to concieve.
    My hormone level is imbalanced, disturb menstrual cycle and no follicle formation. Always delayed menses obesity increase day by day.
    I want a baby as soon as possible at every cost i want to become mother. I am extremely upset

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  • mz

    Hi I am 23 and I had a missed miscarriage about 5 months ago I am desprate to have a baby with my partner and I really want to know what I can do to help get pregnant fast I am very small framed I weight just 52kg at 5foot6 does weight affect this? I don’t know about my estrogen levels I am very small chested and I have iregular periods please if you have any advice whether to take estrogen pills or anything I would really appriciate it!

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    ConceiveEasy® is clinically proven effective in overcoming the most common obstacles to conception, and has been designed to dramatically increase your chances of conception better than traditional fertility treatments. It has been demonstrated in limited studies to help women conceive. You may try also having sex every other day to make sure that your ovulation days are covered. You may take prenatal vitamins such as folic acid, zinc and vitamins B6 and B12 as this combination is known to prevent miscarriages. It is better that you work closely with your doctor throughout your pregnancy so you can monitor your baby’s health and prevent miscarriage..

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  • wagnot929

    I haven’t had a period in a full year. Just a few days ago my nipples have been so sore! I’ve been feeling quisey as well. I’ve taken two home pregnancy test and they were both negative..I don’t know what to do! I don’t have insurance and I’m swimming in med bills. I just picked up a second job so I can set an appointment up.

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  • shortyrock20

    me and my husband have been trying to have a baby for almost a years now and I have polycystic disorder but the last time I went to the obgyn they told me that I had more of a male hormone then a female hormone now I suffer with panic attacks and I don’t know what to do about this.

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  • randi barlow

    ok i have had 2 children in the last 5 years.. i am no longer having a period at all.. my last one was 8 months ago… i have been to the doc and i am not pregnant… but i wont one more!!! if i take estrogen pill do you think it will help??

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  • kerryp

    hi, i’m just writing here as i got no1 else to talk to. i’m 31 and i have a 13 yr daughter. before i had her, i had a miscarriage and now last year, after 12 yrs of trying i got pregnant and we were overjoyed. unfortunately it was ectopic. we were and still are devastated. i can’t get over it as all i want is another baby but it’s just not happening. i had a dose of methatrexate (think that was the name) and a few weeks later i had a scan and they said i have small cysts on my ovary but it was ok. i went in for a laproscopy and again, they said everything is fine. i just don’t know what else could be wrong with me. i also went to have STI’S tests done because i read it can cause fertility problems. anyone with advice? oh i forgot to mention, going back 2/3 yrs i went to the doctor and he told me i had high estrogen.. i’m so confused

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  • kris51275@yahoo.com

    I have been trying to have a baby for over two years now. I got pregnant successfully twice but both ended in miscarriages. I am currently seeing a fertility specialist to help figure out what is going on. They just did a estrogen blood test and said they said it was low for mid cycle. Does that mean that I can’t get pregnant?

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  • Lisa

    Been on cerezzette and been off it 5 months trying to concive. Im sure my estrogen levels are low? How can i check this out? And will it affect my chances?

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  • drlclk

    Have u heard anything else I am going threw the same thing

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  • Araiza12

    i had a copper iud put in after my 3rd miscarriage, im 32, my hubby is 21, i had to have the iud removed nov2013 because i was bleeding so bad, i barely got my period mar2014 when or how can i get pg now,

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  • Priya

    After stopping birth control pills which I had been using for 2.5 years, I have been experiencing periods once in 3 months since the start of this year. As I would like to conceive soon, please advice on any potential problems I may be experiencing. On a side note, before taking birth control pills I had very regular periods occurring once every month. Any advice would be highly appreciated.

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