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Normal Hormone and Gonadotropin Levels

Despite their somewhat questionable utility, serum hormone tests are commonly used by many doctors to monitor and adjust HRT regimens. When a patient is given raw numbers from a test, that patient naturally wishes to know what the normal range would be as part of evaluating the test results. Generally lab results will have the normal range printed on them, but often the patient is not given the actual lab results or, commonly, the range given is for the wrong sex (id est, an MtF being given the male testosterone range). This problem leads to lots of trans people asking “My test results say ‘X’ for hormone ‘Y’, how does that compare to normal?”. This set of charts attempts to address that question.

First, some notes of importance. Always, always, always go by the reference range from your lab if you have it. There are a variety of similar tests that can be done and a variety of techniques and technologies used to do them. Each of those can produce a different result, possibly quite different from the numbers given here. Pay attention to units, in some instances different labs use different units for the same test. Also keep in mind that while grams/liter (ng/mL, ect.) are commonly used in the US, some other regions use mols/litre (nmol/L, ect.). Conversion from grams/litres to mols/litres (or vice-versa) is relatively simple, but depends on the molar weight of the substance in question. Molar weights of the hormones mentioned are given in the last chart on this page.

The numbers for these charts have been taken from a number of different sources, mostly reference sheets from labs that do hormone testing. Where possible I’ve tried to include age and phase data for those trying to understand how hormone levels change during development. Use these numbers only for educational purposes or getting a ‘rough ballpark’ figure, if you need anything more than that then get the reference range from the lab that did your bloodwork.

Progestogens

Progesterone

Progesterone in ng/mL
Male Female
< 0.3 – 1.2 Follicular : 0.2 – 1.4
Luteal : 3.3 – 25.6
Midluteal : 4.4 – 28.0
Pregnancy : 11.2 – 422.5
Postmenopausal : 0.0 – 0.7

Androgens

DHEA

DeHydroEpiAndrosterone (DHEA), in ng/dL
Age Male Female
0 – 5 26 – 72 19 – 42
6 – 7 29 – 66 73 – 165
8 – 9 53 – 135 74 – 180
10 – 11 183 – 383 234 – 529
12 – 14 240 – 520 224 – 611
20 – 29 208 – 771 162 – 995
30 – 39 146 – 850 112 – 722
40 – 49 107 – 745 110 – 554
50 – 59 131 – 538 69 – 414
60 – 69 82 – 338 60 – 370
> 70 69 – 252 63 – 260

 

DeHydroEpiAndrosterone Sulfate (DHEA-S), in μg/dL
Age Male Female
1 – 3 < 30 < 79
4 – 6 < 186 < 38
7 – 8 < 94 < 68
9 – 10 < 75 < 160
11 < 152 < 98
12 < 344 < 177
13 < 242 < 167
14 < 286 32 – 301
15 59 – 310 39 – 288
16 47 – 357 58 – 354
17 102 – 341 97 – 399
18 – 19 108 – 441 145 – 395
19 – 29 280 – 640 65 – 380
30 – 39 120 – 520 45 – 270
40 – 49 95 – 530 32 – 240
50 – 59 70 – 310 26 – 200
60 – 69 42 – 290 13 – 130
> 69 28 – 175 17 – 90

Androstenedione

Androstenedione, in ng/dL
Age Male Female
1 – 5 5 – 45 5 – 40
6 – 9 5 – 55 5 – 45
10 – 11 10 – 30 25 – 80
12 – 14 20 – 85 15 – 175
15 – 17 35 – 100 55 – 200
> 18 57 – 265 47 – 268

Testosterone

Total Serum Testosterone, in ng/dL
Age Male Female
1 – 5 0 – 10 0 – 10
6 – 7 0 – 20 0 – 10
8 – 10 0 – 25 0 – 30
11 – 12 0 – 350 0 – 50
13 – 15 15 – 500 0 – 50
> 15 241 – 827 14 – 76

 

Bioavailable Testosterone (free and weakly bound), in ng/dL
Male Female
Range : 40 – 250 0.0 – 9.5
Normal Percent Free : 9 – 46% 3 – 18%

DHT

DiHydroTestosterone (DHT), in pg/mL
Age Male Female
20 – 50 155 – 553 5.5 – 170
> 50 36 – 573 4.0 – 7.1

Estrogens

Total Estrogens

Total Estrogens in pg/mL
Male Female
40 – 115 Day 1 – 10 : 61 – 394
Day 11 – 20 : 122 – 437
Day 21 – 30 : 156 – 350
Postmenopausal : < 40

17β-Estradiol

17β-Estradiol (E2), Standard, in pg/mL
Male Female
< 54 Follicular : 19 – 183
Midcycle : 150 – 528
Luteal : 55 – 211
Postmenopausal : < 31

 

17β-Estradiol (E2), Sensitive, in pg/mL
Age Male Female
0 – 6 0 – 15 0 – 15
7 – 10 0 – 15 0 – 70
11 – 12 0 – 40 10 – 300
13 – 15 0 – 45 10 – 300
> 15 3 – 70 Follicular Phase : 9 – 175
Luteal Phase : 44 – 196
Periovulatory : 107 – 281
Postmenopausal : < 19

Estrone

Serum Estrone (E1), in pg/mL
Age Male Female
0 – 5 18 – 53 19 – 46
6 – 7 17 – 48 17 – 44
8 – 9 20 – 54 31 – 70
10 – 11 21 – 49 28 – 68
12 – 14 17 – 44 57 – 140
> 15 12 – 72 Follicular Phase : 37 – 138
Midcycle : 60 – 229
Luteal Phase : 50-114 50 – 114

Gonadotropins

LH

Luteinizing Hormone (LH) in mIU/ml
Male Female
1.7 – 8.6 Follicular : 2.4 – 12.6
Ovulation : 14.0 – 95.6
Luteal : 1.0 – 11.4
Postmenopausal : 7.7 – 58.5

FSH

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) in mIU/ml
Male Female
1.5 – 12.4 Follicular : 3.5 – 12.5
Ovulation : 4.7 – 21.5
Luteal : 1.7 – 7.7
Postmenopausal : 25.8 – 134.8

Other

Prolactin

Prolactin in ng/mL
Male Female
2.1 – 17.7 2.8 – 29.2
Pregnant : 9.7 – 208.5
Postmenopausal : 1.8 – 20.3

SHBG

Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) in nmol/L
Male Female
13 – 71 18 – 114

Molar Weight

Molar Weight of Hormones in g/mol
Substance Molar Weight
Progesterone 314.462
DeHydroEpiAndrosterone (DHEA) 288.424
DeHydroEpiAndrosterone Sulphate (DHEA-S) 368.489
Androstenedione 286.409
Testosterone 288.424
DiHydroTestosterone (DHT) 290.44
17β-Estradiol 272.382
Estrone 270.366

See Also

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