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Can Birth Control Affect My Risk For Anemia
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more
What is the cause?: What is the cause of anemia? If anemia is caused by heavy, irregular period due to dysfunctional uterine bleeding - then oral birth control pill is actually something that can be tried by your gyne to regulate or stop the bleeding so that your anemia will not get worse. Otherwise, if anemia is caused by other cause-birth control pill will not affect your anemia significantly. ...Read more
Trying to decide on birth control option for heavy menses causing anemia. Does Mirena (levonorgestrel) carry the same risk of thrombosis as oral contraceptives?
Both choices - good: Mirena (levonorgestrel) - the Progestin only IUD would be a very good choice. I recommend it's usage to my patients with heavy vaginal bleeding. Of course the OCP is a method tried and true for those needing cycle control. The Mirena (levonorgestrel), from the literature does not carry the risk of thrombosis of OCPs but at your age either would be a safe choice with low occurrence of thrombosis. ...Read more
Usually iron: The most common cause of anemia in this setting is iron defficiency caused by blood loss. Iron rich foods include red meats, spinach, beans, and other vegetables. Some people don't absorb iron taken by mouth and require im or IV iron preporations. Many other causes of defficient red cell numbers exist, so if not responding, one should be worked up by their physician. ...Read more
Best to see your OB: They will work with their hematology and perhaps GI colleagues to help guide decisions during your pregnancy. With modern medical and supportive care, I am not aware of a contraindications to natural childbirth in the setting of pernicious anemia. I suspect that you are already receiving folate (folic acid) supplementation from your doctors, which can ameliorate some pernicious anemia sequelae. ...Read more
Not common, not rare: If you are referring to the mother i would say yes it is not uncommon. The baby receives almost all of its iron from the mother. As a woman loses blood with menses she may be low on iron to start a pregnancy (which is one reason they give prenatal vitamins); after losing additional iron to the baby the mother may become iron deficient which leads to anemia. ...Read more
Iron rich foods: Anemia in pregnancy is common. Iron deficiency anemia, not enough iron for you and the growing fetus, is the most common cause. A prenatal vitamin can help supplement the nutrients needed. A diet high in iron rich foods (red meat, beans, clams, scallops, green veggies, artichokes, enriched cereals, liver..) help. Also foods rich in vitamin c (citrus fruits, juices) help iron absorbtion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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