I’m going to start with a range of normal estradiol levels for men, but I want you to keep in mind that this is exactly that — a range. You might fall above it or below it and still be just fine.
Also, keep in mind that these “normal ranges” aren’t exactly agreed upon throughout the medical community.
The truth is, human bodies vary so much that no one can really say for sure, and testing methods have changed over the years, leading to some discrepancy.
The Range of Normal Estradiol Levels in Men
The first range is based off a study of the total estradiol levels of 115 healthy men. You can read the study in its entirety here.
The same study with the same group of men found that free estradiol levels ranged between 0.3–1.3 pg/mL (0.03–0.13 ng/dL).
What Is Estradiol Anyway?
I’ve written about normal estrogen levels before — estradiol is just one of many hormones and is often referred to as E2. It’s in a class of hormones called “Estrogens,” and it’s likely the main estrogen you need to worry about.
Your estradiol levels are linked closely to your testosterone levels. Your body converts testosterone into estradiol, producing estradiol at various sites.
Estradiol is involved in a variety of bodily functions — it has been linked to bone density, fertility, sexual desire, and even the regulation of body fat.
My point is this — it’s important, critical really, to your body’s natural function.
Estradiol is not a “female hormone” — it’s something your body needs just as much as testosterone. In fact, some men who believe they’re suffering from low testosterone may actually be suffering from low estradiol. You can read more about it here.
So, while it’s important to make sure you have normal testosterone levels for your body, you also want to make sure you have normal estradiol levels as well.
Let’s talk about that for your body bit.
Great, I’ve Got a Range — Now What?
So let’s say you fall outside this range. What does it mean?
It doesn’t necessarily mean anything.
Just like testosterone and other hormones, a level is only “low” if you’re experiencing symptoms.
There are men who fall in this range who still experience the symptoms of low estradiol, which you can read more about here.
Similarly, there are men who fall outside the range who nevertheless are asymptomatic. It all depends on you and your body.
If you’re experiencing symptoms, you’ll want to get a blood test to see precisely what’s going on. It’s possible your levels won’t fall outside the normal range, which may indicate something else is causing your symptoms.
In fact, we’ve had clients come in before to get their testosterone and estradiol levels tested, only to find out they have both normal testosterone levels and normal estradiol levels. However, during the testing, we found evidence of other diseases and were able to refer those clients to the appropriate medical care provider.
Low Estradiol Symptoms to Look for
Here are a few symptoms of low estradiol that you might be suffering from:
- Sleeping too often
- Erectile dysfunction
- Water retention
If these sound familiar, it may be time to get your levels tested.
Click the button to set up a free consultation — we can discuss your symptoms and decide if testing is appropriate.