Estrogen Levels Too High

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
My doctor did blood work on me, I was having pregnancy symptoms and the test was negative, it turns out my estrogen level is higher than my progesterone and I have polycystic syndrome. She said that means I am not ovulating. And that’s why I had trouble conceiving the 2 children I have now. It took us 7 months to get pregnant with our 2 year old.

I have been off the Nuva ring for 3 months now and my question is..... is there anything I can do to get pregnant again or should I get fixed. I don’t want to still be trying to get pregnant in 4 to 6 months. Is it possible to get pregnant within the next month or 3?

The Dr. told me to take this progesterone hormone to level out my levels. She said my estrogen is twice as high as the other needed to make my periods come. Should I take it?

Please help. I would like a second opinion.
Thank you,


It is fine to do the progesterone challenge, especially if it is followed by clomid and/or metformin, the two drugs that are often given in your situation. But even without any complications at all, and no prior use of hormonal contraceptives, it can take up to 12 months to get pregnant just by luck of the draw (7 months is perfectly normal), so I couldn't say whether you will be pregnant as fast as you would like to be or not.

-- Cynthia, CNM