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A 32-year-old female asked:

32 y.o. female, over the last 5 yrs my platelet count have gotten low. i take iron daily but if i don't they will get low quick. what can cause this?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Huh?: I suspect you mean red blood cells as they are dependent upon adequate iron stores for production and are often low in menstruating and birthing females. If you are not symptomatic and degree of anemia is mild I do not see you should be worried. It might make sense to use an ocp to help control menstrual loss. Red meats are a great source of iron. Take your iron with an acid juice or vit c.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Several ways: Low platelets can be caused by several things. Medications, other illnesses, liver disease. Itp is an illness in which the body destroys platelets. Iron deficiency can cause a mild or moderate decrease in platelets. You should see a hematologist to determine the cause.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
See a hematologist: There are many things that can cause low platelets level. Anything that decrease the production of platelet, or increase the destruction or consumption of platelets can cause low platelet level. Drugs/medications, vitamin deficiency, autoimmune disease, infection etc can be the cause. You should see a hematologist to find out the cause of your low platelets. Iron will not increase your platelet.

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