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A 38-year-old member asked:

If i am taking hormone therapy (ht), how does that affect the amount of iron i should take?

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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Urogynecology 28 years experience
Doesn't: The issue with women is not if they are taking hrt, but if they are menstruating. The rda for iron in premenopausal adult women is 18mg/day. A postmenopausal woman's rda for iron is 8mg/day, the same as a man's. More info can be found at: http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/iron.
Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unless you have poor iron absorption (say after surgery such as weight loss surgery), postmenopausal women should easily get all their iron from diet, and not need any iron supplements.
Oct 25, 2011
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 47 years experience
Or unless you are on cyclic hormonal therapy which is simulating menses in which case your iron requirement will increase.
Sep 15, 2013
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Should : Have no effect on iron.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

I am taking hormone therapy (ht). Does that affect how much iron I can take?

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Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
No: A normal person without heavy bleeding or other metabolic problems shoulbe able to tolerate a multivitamin dose of iron without any hormone problems.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I am taking menopausal hormone therapy (mht) how does that affect the amount of iron I should take?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Iron: Usually after menopause the persons need for iron drops drastically because the menstrual periods have stopped. Blood loss requires lots of iron to manufacture new red blood cells. After menopause it is advisable not to take iron as too much iron can cause illness in the body e.g. Iron buildup in the liver called hemochromatosis.

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