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What to do if I had a C-section 9 weeks ago and got put on iron pills is it normal to still be bleeding?

What to do if I had a C-section 9 weeks ago and got put on iron pills is it normal to still be bleeding?

Not normal: Bleeding 9 weeks after a c/section is not normal. Taking iron pills will help make up for the loss of iron from the bleeding, but will not stop the bleeding. The cause of the bleeding ought to be investigated by an obstetrician/gynecologist. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Ogden
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Iron Supplements (Definition)

Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more


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How long does it take for internal bleeding to start after someone overdoses on iron pills?

How long does it take for internal bleeding to start after someone overdoses on iron pills?

Get help fast!: Initial symptoms of fe toxicity include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, & gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. Left untreated, shock, coma & death then occur. Within 12-48 hrs after toxicity develops, a child who appears to have recovered may experience severe GI bleeding, lethargy, liver damage, heart failure & coma. Even 3-6 wks after the initial event, GI obstruction & additional liver damage can occur. ...Read more

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My doctor said i was a nemic and prescribed me iron pills now I am bleeding heavily with a lot of clots what should I do?

My doctor said i was a nemic and prescribed me iron pills now I am bleeding heavily with a lot of clots what should I do?

Contact your Doctor: Please sign off of the internet. You are bleeding. You are anemic. This is a life threatening issue. Go see or at the very least contact your physician. ...Read more

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Ok i have pcos and im bleeding extremely heavy like soaking threw a pad in 20 minutes heavy im gonna go buy iron pills should i be worried can this actually kill me? What should i do?

See your GYN: The situation you described is not going to kill you, however, you need consistent, ongoing care. Certain baseline laboratory work up, pelvic ultrasound, and perhaps even evaluation of your uterine lining if your GYN thinks this is necessary. Meanwhile, certain hormonal products may alleviate the situation, and yes until then iron pills are a good idea. Pregnancy must of course be ruled out. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between black stool from iron supplement or bleeding? Normal brown stool before iron pills were started. Should I worry

How do you know the difference between black stool from iron supplement or bleeding? Normal brown stool before iron pills were started. Should I worry

Black stool causes: It is likely that your black stools are from Iron supplement because you had Normal brown stools before iron pills were started.

Upper GI bleeding can have dark blood in stools.

If you have history of Ulcer, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea, please see Gastroenterologist for Diagnosis and Treatment. Discuss need for iron supplement. ...Read more

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I used to take iron pills, then i stopped for a month. Now my period is 5 days late?

I used to take iron pills, then i stopped for a month. Now my period is 5 days late?

Pregnancy test : Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. Taking iron pills has nothing to do with this. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my period to have lasted a day and a half last month? Usually 3days. Could it because of iron pills?

Is it normal for my period to have lasted a day and a half last month? Usually 3days. Could it because of iron pills?

Unlikely.: Variations in menstrual bleeding are very common. It is unlikely iron supplements are responsible for the change in bleeding patterns. If periods continue to be abnormal, consult your gynecologist. ...Read more

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I have been taking iron pills when I am on my period and i was wondering if i can take them twice a day or is that a bad idea to do. Or just take one.

I have been taking iron pills when I am on my period and i was wondering if i can take them twice a day or is that a bad idea to do. Or just take one.

Be careful: You should take iron if you are deficient in the nutrient. If you take it when you do not need it you could get too much in your body and that could damage you. See you doctor. ...Read more

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Taking iron pills due to anemia. How/will this affect my cycle (period)?

Taking iron pills due to anemia. How/will this affect my cycle (period)?

Anaemic: taking iron pills will not affect your cycle however being anemic may make the cycle a little less ...Read more

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I'm on iron pills, have my period and feel a bit faint..is it safe to do light excersize in this scenario?

I'm on iron pills, have my period and feel a bit faint..is it safe to do light excersize in this scenario?

Hydration: Make sure you drink enough water and dehydration is not the cause of your feeling faint. You may exercise. 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 or alcohol in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I'm on bc, does your period come right when you start the brown pills, my doctor says they're iron pills, or a couple days after?

I'm on bc, does your period come right when you start the brown pills, my doctor  says they're iron pills, or a couple days after?

They are correct: Your period will come a couple of days into the "placebo" pills. Sometimes these pills contain a small amount of iron which should have no effect on when you get your period. ...Read more

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Would iron pills help irregular periods and often brown discharge?

Depends...: iron pills would only be helpful if you actually have iron deficiency anemia. If you have heavy periods then you may develop iron deficiency anemia. Your doctor can do a blood test to determine of you have iron deficiency anemia so see your doctor for testing if you are concerned. Good luck!!! ...Read more

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Does taking iron pills help lighten my period? And if not. Are there any remedies besides birth control that will help?

Does taking iron pills help lighten my period? And if not. Are there any remedies besides birth control that will help?

No: Iron helps you prevent your blood count from getting too low. The best way to fix your periods is to find out why they are heavy. You should be evaluated for hormonal and anatomical reasons for heavy periods. The cause is the best clue to provide the most effective treatment. ...Read more

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My period is late and i took iron pills last month is it late because of it? And i didn't have sex with anyone. Should i worry?

My period is late and i took iron pills last month is it late because of it? And i didn't have sex with anyone. Should i worry?

Need investigations: If you did not have sex , you are not pregnant but need test for your hormonal imbalance , have to see your gyn doctor to correct the problem. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have a phobia of iron pills and liquids. Will my iron and blood levels get lower every time I have my period?

Can you tell me if I have a phobia of iron pills and liquids. Will my iron and blood levels get lower every time I have my period?

Consider hypnosis: Consider hypnosis and or progressive desensitization to overcome the phobia. Both techniques can cure you & you will not have 2 worry about your anemia. Find a psychologist who can teach you these simple interventions. Sometimes additional psychotherapy may be needed if the phobia is connected to a traumatic event. Let us know how you do! ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have a phobia of iron pills and liquids. Will my iron and blood levels get lower every time I have my period?

What do you suggest if I have a phobia of iron pills and liquids. Will my iron and blood levels get lower every time I have my period?

Check w/ your doctor: Most people don't need to take iron pills unless suggested by their physician. Research foods that are rich in iron if you need to supplement.

Phobias can be managed with cognitive-behavioral therapy so you don't have to go through life in fear. ...Read more

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I'm a 24, virgin, anemic & lately i'm experiencing irregular periods with a fairly low flow than my regular, can iron pills help increase the flow?

I'm a 24, virgin, anemic & lately i'm experiencing irregular periods with a fairly low flow than my regular, can iron pills  help increase the flow?

Anemia: Check out the cause of your anemia. You would want to make sure you are iron deficient before taking iron pills. All the best. ...Read more

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I'm taking lo loestrin.Missed my 1st white pill on sat. So took 2 on sunday. Mon./tues. Are my iron pills. It's wed. And i still didn't get my period?

I'm taking lo loestrin.Missed my 1st white pill on sat. So took 2 on sunday. Mon./tues. Are my iron pills. It's wed. And i still didn't get my period?

Not abnormal: You should check a blood preg test , but most likely it will be -, loloestrin, since it is so low dose - often times - you may not get a period because you do not build up much tissue when u use it which is totally normal, and many of my patients like the fact they do not have periods on it, it is the #1 pill i prescibe, so if your pt is neg , u should be fine but your gyn can do us to check uter. ...Read more

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And my gyancogist suggest me to take iron pills and vitamin b complex syurp.And I m having this from last 3 months but nothing can improve my periods.?

And my gyancogist suggest me to take iron pills and vitamin b complex syurp.And I m having this from last 3 months but nothing can improve my periods.?

Period pain: Heavy painful periods can be controlled by birth control. Other alternatives are oil of primrose twice daily, natural Progesterone if not on any hormones, using Motrin 800mg 2x/day one week before the period to decrease pain and bleeding; eating less animal fat including dairy since animal fat may affect your hormone balance. See your doctor if this doesnot work for further work up. ...Read more

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I have low iron levels 5.7, I have had a colonoscopy and gastronoscopy and there was no bleeding found. I take iron supplements but still no change. ?

I have low iron levels 5.7, I have had a colonoscopy and gastronoscopy  and there was no bleeding found. I take iron supplements but still no change. ?

Gluten: You may have gluten sensitivity, which can damage your gut cells. Damaged cells may not do a good job of absorbing the nutrients you eat. Consider taking vitamin c as this enhances iron absorption. Consider switching to a different form of iron, such as polysacaride. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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