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Can anemia cause women to have shorter periods?

Can anemia cause women to have shorter periods?

Usually not!: Excessive menstual bleeding will cause anemia. No correlation the other way around! ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

A condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood, resulting ...Read more


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What is the relationship between uterine fibroid tumors and anemia in women?

What is the relationship between uterine fibroid tumors and anemia in women?

Heavy menses: Fibroids typically cause anemia by causing heavy menstrual cycles, with or without cramping. Not all fibroids cause this. Depending on the size and number of the fibroids and your future fertility plans, your doctor can help you plan what therapies are best for you. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to be having pain behind my eyes? I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

No: Fe deficiency anemia should not cause that symptom. Many possible reasons but an exam is really the only way to find out for sure. ...Read more

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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

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

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. ...Read more

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Help with pain behind my eyes. I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

Help with pain behind my eyes. I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

No: Pain behind the eyes is associated with headaches, including occipital neuralgia with referred pain. Iron deficiency anemia is not a cause of headaches behind the eyes. Severe anemia can cause dizziness and in some cases headaches, but these do not localize behind the eyes. ...Read more

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Can my low iron anemia cause my period not to come? Or to delay? Can my period be affected? Does anemia affect fertile in women?

Can my low iron anemia cause my period not to come? Or to delay? Can my period be affected? Does anemia affect fertile in women?

No: Anemia does not stop a period, the period makes anemia worse, anemia does not cause infertility. Irregular cycles can be heavier and cause anemia, considering the pill will help the anemia, and you need your blood in pregnancy, you may ovulate more regularly the if you take the pill a few months and stop. Good luck. ...Read more

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Extreme anemia for a 60 yr. Old woman -causes?

Extreme anemia for a 60 yr. Old woman  -causes?

Blood loss: Blood loss from the gastro intestinal tract is the most common cause. This could be due to gastritis, ulcer, hemorrhoids, diverticuli, or tumor. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to anemia as well. Cancer of the blood is another concern. Seek medical attention promptly. ...Read more

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If you are a woman, how can you prevent anemia?

If you are a woman, how can you prevent anemia?

Multivitamin or Iron: Multivitamin with iron, OR, if you have particularly heavy periods, a prescription iron supplement. ...Read more

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What's the best source of iron for a 43yo female with anemia?

Make sure: First of all, your doctor needs to make sure your anemia is caused by iron deficiency because there are many other possible causes of anemia. If that's the case, then there are several foods rich in iron but probably the best way to go is to take an iron supplement. ...Read more

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When a woman has aplastic anemia, what does it mean?

When a woman has aplastic anemia, what does it mean?

Bone marrow failure: Aplastic anemia means the bone marrow is not make the cellular components of blood. White blood cells which fight infection, red blood cells which carry oxygen, and platelets which help stop bleeding. It requires therapy such as immune suppressing medications or a bone marrow transplant. It is a very serious disorder that needs to be evaluated by a specialist immediately. ...Read more

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What causes chronic anemia? I am female. History of hysterectomy in 2009.

What causes chronic anemia? I am female. History of hysterectomy in 2009.

Many causes: Lack of production with bone marrow abnormalities breakdown problems due to the spleen or kidney disease. Blood loss bleeding ulcers your doctor may need to run some blood tests to start a workup. ...Read more

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Will it derogatory to inject B12 per week, if i don't have anemia? I like it when a woman nurse injects me.

Will it derogatory to inject B12 per week, if i don't have anemia? I like it when a woman nurse injects me.

Not a problem: As long as you understand that this is an erotic turn-on rather than health care, it's safe. Most people who require B12 get it monthly rather than weekly. In a setting like this, be sure that what's being injected is really b12. ...Read more

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For 57+ female with Anemia (Hb 11.1) what are the possible causes of low ferritin (39) but decent B12 (498) ?

For 57+ female with Anemia (Hb 11.1) what are the possible causes of low ferritin (39) but decent B12 (498) ?

Menstrual blood loss: In women the commonest cause of iron deficiency anemia is excessive blood loss through menstruation. It can generally be made up by taking oral iron supplement and a multivitamin. It would be good idea to see a doctor to exclude other causes. ...Read more

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Please suggest some iron contained food items to overcome iron deficieny anemia as i feel so.. Not evaluated yet. 27 year old female.?

Please suggest some iron contained food items to overcome iron deficieny anemia as i feel so.. Not evaluated yet. 27 year old female.?

Anemia: young women: If you are anemic you haveto be evaluated. It could be from heavy periods vs. Dietary deficiency vs other more sesrious conditions. If your anemia is chronic it could also be form a condition called thal. Minor. See your md asap so you cna have the right treatment as the treatmnet may differ depending on the cause. If it is dietary deficiency, could be iron def. Vs. Other vit. B or Folic Acid def. ...Read more

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What is the normal hemo level for women. I have anemia & taking 2 325 mg iron pills a day. My hem level was a little over 9 and i feel like passing ou?

What is the normal hemo level for women. I have anemia & taking 2 325 mg iron pills a day. My hem level was a little over 9 and i feel like passing ou?

Anemia?: Women have hemoglobin level of 12 to 14 Grams normally. You have Anemia which causes light headed feeling when you stand up from a sitting or lying position. You need to find the cause of your Anemia and treat the cause and keep your hemoglobin above 10 Gms. ...Read more

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Wat r the risk of the anemia for pregnant woman? How we can cure?

Wat r the risk of the anemia for pregnant woman? How we can cure?

See details: Anemia is common during pregnancy due to an increased plasma volume. Iron supplements are also frequently given for the anemia of pregnancy. ...Read more

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I am a 28 years old female and i weigh 92 lbs. If my hemoglobin level is 12.75. Can i still have anemia?

Not anemia: I think your hemoglobin is fine. I see you are tired and short of breath. You will need to look for another explanation. ...Read more

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Does monthly weight loss (71kg -> 70.4kg, Hb 10.6 -> 71kg, Hb 11.1 -> 70.2kg) along with Anemia indicate serious illness for 57+ yr female ?

Does monthly weight loss (71kg -> 70.4kg, Hb 10.6 -> 71kg, Hb 11.1 -> 70.2kg) along with Anemia indicate serious illness for 57+ yr female ?

Yes, No, and Maybe: Losing a couple of pounds in one month, or gaining a couple of pounds in one month, or staying the same weight over one month... all have no special meaning by themselves, because they happen in normal healthy people, in people with "mild" diseases, and in people with "serious" diseases. The only way to tell is to get the whole picture of what is happening with a particular patient. ...Read more