After receiving my latest lab results, I have a question about the efficacy of oral vs dermal progesterone (all the so called Hertoghe doctors prescribe Estrogel only, as that is said to spare the liver, but some, like my doctor, will put you on progesterone pills Utrogestan).
These were my lab results on day 21 of cycle (recently turned 48), when using two pumps of Estrogel and 200 mg of Utrogestan daily (the former from day 5-25 of cycle, the latter from day 15-25); when I went to the lab, I had not used any Estrogel for 24 hours, but had taken 200 mg of Utrogestan 12 hours earlier:
Estradiol: 101 pg/mL (ref luteal phase: 21-312)
Progesterone: 4.3 ng/mL (ref luteal phase: 1.2-15.9)
I think both look lowish, but progesterone levels look really low to me, especially given the fact that I had taken 200 mg of Utrogestan 12 h before going to the lab...or am I reading too much into this???
Anyway, I think it's safe to say that, without hormone supplementation, my E and P levels would look much worse...strangely enough, I am still having regular periods, so I am not sure how to interpret these lab results...any input would be greatly appreciated.