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A 54-year-old female asked:

Perimenopause a little over a year ago hemoglobin was low iron was low and ferritin well now in menopause hemoglobin normal iron normal ferritin is still a little low which increases first iron & hemoglobin ir ferritin?

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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
You have a typical iron profile from perimenopause to menopause. Ferritin is considered an iron storage so when you lose a lot of iron through period, the Hb and iron are low but ferritin could still be normal. But when you no longer lose blood, Hb and iron will improve but the storage, ferritin, will be on the low side but I guess it's in the low normal, well above 15. Ferritin has a big range.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Ferritin represents the state of iron stores and will be the last to return to normal levels. Hemoglobin and iron recover first, in that order. For healthy diet: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/., exercise 30 minutes/day, drink enough water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs.
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Last updated Aug 27, 2021

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