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A 46-year-old female asked:

dr dx'd anemia after labs showed hgb of 7.5, ferritin less than 1, iron 15-can such low levels be from monthly cycle blood loss?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Anemia: If you have heavy menses, they can cause severe iron deficient anemia. Alternative causes should be considered if this not the case; specifically a gastrointestinal source for the bleeding/ versus iron absorption issues. Iron replacement and tight follow up will be recommended.

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