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can there be anyway to counteract the effects of iron supplements?

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Dr. Edward Jacobs
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: The most common side effect is constipation. Stool softeners available over the counter are effective in softening the stool. If you have an upset stomach, there are iron supplements which dissolve slowly in the proper part of the gut and are more tolerable.

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Will breastfeeding diminish my iron supply?

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Dr. Thad Woodard
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Yes, breastfeeding provides nutrition to the infant, including iron. If the mother isn't replacing the iron the infant is taking she will be at risk of becoming iron deficient.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are good sources of iron during pregnancy?

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Dr. Lauren Phillips
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Beans and greens!: Here are some iron rich foods: red meat (make sure it is well cooked) egg yolks (cooked) dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards) dried fruit (prunes, raisins) iron-enriched cereals and grains turkey or chicken giblets beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans artichokes.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are onion supplements used for if onions are cheap?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Flavor/ smell: Because some people don't like the way that onions smell or they might not like the favour.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are wild indigo supplements for?

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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 34 years experience
Many Suggested Uses: Wild indigo is an herb advocated by some for various infections (diphtheria, influenza, upper respiratory tract infections, scarlet fever, malaria, typhoid) and crohn's disease. Some people apply wild indigo directly to the skin for ulcers, sore and painful nipples and for cleaning wounds. However, data is insufficient at present to support these uses.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Why can taking hormone supplements be dangerous at 80?

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Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
It's not: Many women can safely use menopausal hormonal therapy as they age, even beyond 80. A thorough and thoughtful evaluation by a women's health specialist is recommended.

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