The endogenous concentration of estradiol and estrone in normal human postmenopausal endometrium

J Steroid Biochem. 1984 Nov;21(5):607-12. doi: 10.1016/0022-4731(84)90338-8.


The endogenous estrone (E1) and estradiol (E2) levels (pg/g tissue) were measured in 54 postmenopausal, atrophic endometria and compared with the E1 and E2 levels in plasma (pg/ml). The results from the tissue levels of both steroids showed large variations and there was no significant correlation with their plasma levels. The mean E2 concentration in tissue was 420 pg/g, 50 times higher than in plasma and the E1 concentration of 270 pg/g was 9 times higher. The E2/E1 ratio in tissue of 1.6, was higher than the corresponding E2/E1 ratio in plasma, being 0.3. We conclude that normal postmenopausal atrophic endometria contain relatively high concentrations of estradiol and somewhat lower estrone levels. These tissue levels do not lead to histological effects.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • DNA / analysis
  • Endometrium / analysis*
  • Estradiol / analysis*
  • Estradiol / blood
  • Estrone / analysis*
  • Estrone / blood
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Menopause*
  • Middle Aged
  • Reference Values


  • Estrone
  • Estradiol
  • DNA