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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 answered

Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis

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.

Answered 8/27/2021

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered

Specializes in Pathology

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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