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A 26-year-old female asked:

is iron deficiency anemia common in women w/hx g0 p0? is hb 10.6, iron total 23, ferritin 4l severe? hx of moderate but lighter periods in last 8mnths

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency is common in menstruating women. Your lab result are consistent with iron deficiency anemia. Take oral iron supplement with multivitamins. Take iron pills with food. If constipation becomes an issue, use a fiber laxative like Metamucil. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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A 25-year-old female asked:

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Whats it mean when a woman urinates blood and has sharp pains on the side above hips?

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Dr. Vance Harris
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Many causes: The most common thing is a bladder infection but there are other causes like a kidney stone (should hurt) or something in the bladder like polyps or other growths. Some bladder conditions like interstitial cystitis can bleed. See a doctor for the right diagnosis as this could be something important. Always get sharp pain checked out as well. Thats our body telling us something is not right.

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