As one of the primary sex hormones in women, estrogen is widely known across the board for the vital roles it plays in many aspects of female health - from controlling the menstrual cycle to supporting pregnancy. For a number of reasons, your body can make too much or too little estrogen which can result in a hormone imbalance and a number of other symptoms.
If you would like to know more about your fertility or would simply like to get a broad picture of your hormonal health, one of the best ways to do so is with an estradiol test, also sometimes referred to as an E2 test. This test can be taken from home with a female hormone test such as LetsGetChecked’s at-home Female Hormone Test which can be done from home.
How can I test my estrogen levels at home?
Although you might already be familiar with the effects of estrogen on the menstrual cycle and the development of sexual characteristics, it also plays an important role in a number of other functions such as bone health and cognitive function. This is why when levels aren’t either too high or too low, you may experience mood swings, irregular periods or increased PMS symptoms.
Keeping an eye on your estrogen levels is one of the best ways to get an idea of your hormonal health. As well as getting a comprehensive picture of your fertility status, lab tests can give you an idea of whether or not you’re experiencing hormonal imbalances which are commonly caused by an underlying condition such as PCOS, early menopause, or thyroid function issues. If you would prefer to take a lab test from the comfort of home, the most reliable way is with an at-home Female Hormone Test.
LetsGetChecked’s Female Hormone Test requires a simple finger prick sample and provides a broad picture of your hormonal health, with online results in 5 days. This home test checks for Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Prolactin and Oestradiol. Our dedicated clinical team are available every step of the way to answer any questions you may have surrounding the process or your results. For accurate results, the sample must be collected on Day 3 of your menstrual cycle to ensure accurate results.
The test will arrive in discreet packaging with a return envelope and clear instructions. Should you need more information regarding taking your sample, you can find out more here.
How do I know my estrogen levels are low or high?
As estrogen levels do fluctuate regularly throughout the cycle, it’s difficult to pinpoint a typical or ‘normal’ level of estrogen because they tend to change almost every day (if you’re not taking hormonal birth control). In saying that, when estrogen levels fluctuate or become low, you may experience a number of signs and symptoms. This can occur for a number of reasons - from an underlying condition or things such as age, or the use of certain medications.
Some common indicators of hormonal imbalance include:
- Irregular periods, heavier or lighter periods, or total cessation of periods
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Feeling tired all of the time
- Mood changes
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain during sex
- Acne on the face, back or chest
- Hair growth on the face, chin and breasts
The most reliable way to check estrogen levels at home is with an at-home hormone test because it’s processed by a highly accredited network of laboratories. The process is simple:
- The test is shipped directly to you by next day delivery
- Activate your test and answer a few health-related questions
- Your health record will be reviewed by a medical team member and should you need any support services, they will be provided
- Collect your sample at a time that suits you
- Send your sample back to our laboratory using the pre-paid shipping label provided
- Your sample will be processed in an anonymous and timely manner
- Your results will be reviewed by our team of doctors. A member of our nursing team will contact you to deliver your results, discuss any next steps and offer prescriptions in some cases
LetsGetChecked’s Female Hormone Test offers a comprehensive insight into your hormones, with online results in 5 days and a follow-up with one of our dedicated nurses to discuss your results - all from the comfort of your own home.
It’s recommended that you check your hormone levels if:
- You’re looking to start a family
- You’re thinking about pregnancy down the line
- You’re interested in knowing more about your hormone levels
- You’re experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance