U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 26-year-old member asked:

should i take an iron supplement after age fifty and after menopause?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Not necessarily: Some women benefit from iron while menstruating to keep blood count up to counteract menstrual blood loss. Unless you are anemic for other reasons, there is no reason to routinely take iron supplements. This is assuming of course that you eat a well rounded diet with some red meat or green leafy vegetables.
Dr. Timothy Raichle
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Are you anemic?: The main reason to take extra iron would be related to low blood counts (or anemia), or related to a diet low in iron. Given your age of 28, this is probably not something you need to worry about. Perhaps a more important supplement for women of any age group is calcium. I hope this helps!

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Feb 8, 2020
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.