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Hormone Levels & Fertility Bloodwork

Please note that all labs have their own normal values, and those presented in these charts are just an average. These charts are provided as a tool to help patients have a better dialog with their doctors, not for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for good medical care.
Female Hormone Levels
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
Time to Test: (Day 3): Normal Values: 3-20 mIU/ml

FSH is often used as a gauge of ovarian reserve. In general, under 6 is excellent, 6-9 is good, 9-10 fair, 10-13 diminished reserve, 13+ very hard to stimulate. In PCOS testing, the LH:FSH ratio may be used in the diagnosis. The ratio is usually close to 1:1, but if the LH is higher, it is one possible indication of PCOS.
Estradiol (E2)
Time to Test: (Day 3): Normal Values: 25-75 pg/ml

Levels on the lower end tend to be better for stimulating. Abnormally high levels on day 3 may indicate existence of a functional cyst or diminished ovarian reserve.

Time to Test: (Day 4-5 of meds): Normal Values: 100+ pg/ml or 2x Day 3

There are no charts showing E2 levels during stimulation since there is a wide variation depending on how many follicles are being produced and their size. Most doctors will consider any increase in E2 a positive sign, but others use a formula of either 100 pg/ml after 4 days of stims, or a doubling in E2 from the level taken on cycle day 3.

Time to Test: (Surge/hCG day): Normal Values: 200 + pg/ml

The levels should be 200-600 per mature (18 mm) follicle. These levels are sometimes lower in overweight women.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
Time to Test: (Day 3): Normal Values: < 7 mIU/ml

A normal LH level is similar to FSH. An LH that is higher […]