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Doctor insights on: Can Taking Iron Supplements Affect Your Menstrual Cycle

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Will iron supplements affect the color or smell of my menstrual cycle?

Will iron supplements affect the color or smell of my menstrual cycle?

Iron supplements: Supplements can change the color or your urine, stool and even menstrual flow. If you are not having sever pain or constipation from the iron then keep taking it as indicated. ...Read more

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Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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Why can't iron supplements be takened when taking prevacid (lansoprazole)?

Iron is best: Absorbed on an empty and acid stomach. Prevacid (lansoprazole) markedly reduces stomach acid. ...Read more

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I have very low iron my doctor did give me iron supplements but my #'s weren't really going up so I started iron infusion.?

I have very low iron my doctor did give me iron supplements but my #'s weren't really going up so I started iron infusion.?

On the right track: We detect, confirm and follow iron deficiency anemia by Ferritin levels. Your doctor will do that for you. Most importantly why are you iron-deficient? Are you losing blood? From where? Is it from the gastrointestinal tract or during menstruation? Thank you for asking. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get more iron besides taking those iron supplements?

Food: For a list of iron rich foods, consult this site: http://www. Webmd. Com/diet/iron-rich-foods#1
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been taking iron supplements but I still feel out of it. What should I do?

Why?!?!: If you are iron deficient and taking iron supplements but not feeling better, you should be checked to make sure you absorb it well. If you are not iron deficient, you should not be taking iron supplements as too much iron can make you sick and your body does not have a way to get rid of extra iron. ...Read more

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Been taking iron supplements for a year and still no ferritin?

Been taking iron supplements for a year and still no ferritin?

Incomplete question: Your question can not be answered as it is incomplete. We need to know why you are taking iron supplement and what was your blood test and levels before starting the supplement and after taking it.
We need iron level, ferritin levels, hemoglobin and rbcs level and the cause of iron deficiency, whether it is nutritional or from chronic blood loss or other causes and if it has been corrected or not. ...Read more

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Do you need to take iron supplements if you taking PPIs for GERD?

No: Although there is a lot of talk about iron absorption while on PPIs on the Internet, the practical aspect of it is that the effect of PPI's on this is very minimal. There is no reason to take extra iron supplements. If you need to be on PPI's for years, it might be reasonable to check a blood count every year or so. Otherwise, you are unlikely to have problems. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink vinegar apple cider while taking iron supplements?

Is it ok to drink vinegar apple cider while taking iron supplements?

Sure: If you've been instructed to take iron supplements, it's serious business and I am glad you recognize it. Apple cider vinegar is a very safe supplement; you'll have to ask some of my teammates here about how it may benefit you. ...Read more

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I started taking iron supplements and I have gotten my period a week early. Is this normal?

I started taking iron supplements and I have gotten my period a week early. Is this normal?

See below: You had an unusual menstrual cycle. However, unusual menstrual cycles don't necessarily mean that there's anything wrong physically. The menstrual cycle is under very delicate hormonal control, which can be influenced by things such as exercise, rapid weight change, emotional stress etc.. SEE: http://bit. Ly/19cKee5 To be safe see your physician if you continue to have abnormal periods. ...Read more

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I started taking doctor prescribed iron supplements. How long will it take for my blood to become normal?

I started taking doctor prescribed iron supplements. How long will it take for my blood to become normal?

Several months: Iron replacements for anemia may take several months to get your iron level back to normal. Too rapid a replacement may give you GI side effects like constipation or liver irritation. Take oral iron with vitamin c to help with absorption without a heavy meal. ...Read more

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I am taking iron supplements but my hemoglobin & hematocrit numbers keep getting lower. What am I doing wrong?

Anemia: Anemia means red blood cells are lower than normal; sometimes low in number or volume, sometimes low in hemoglobin (the oxygen carrying protein.) There are many causes of anemia besides menstrual bleeding & iron deficiency. Clues to the cause of anemia can be gathered by careful history & review of the lab data. Consider consulting a medical doctor in the office or an Inbox Consult on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Can taking iron supplements and eating foods rich in iron promote the bacterial growth that can lead to prostatitis?

Can taking iron supplements and eating foods rich in iron promote the bacterial growth that can lead to prostatitis?

There is data: Which has associated iron burden and infection. That said, prostate specific issues seems like an unlikely finding to me. ...Read more

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Have bad anemia. Tests show I can't absorb iron from food or pills. Are their liquid iron supplements & do you think they'd help?

Have bad anemia. Tests show I can't absorb iron from food or pills. Are their liquid iron supplements & do you think they'd help?

Liquid won't help: If you're not absorbing from food or pills, I don't think that liquid form will help. Most likely you will need to get a shot of iron to absorb it. Check with your physician. It seems you are getting IV iron- that is another method to absorb iron. Have your doctor also look into why your iron is so low. ...Read more

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Taking iron supplements, my ferritin is very low (5), my tranferrin and iron are normal. My TIBC and % transferrin saturation are high. Cause?

Taking iron supplements, my ferritin is very low (5), my tranferrin and iron are normal. My TIBC and % transferrin saturation are high. Cause?

Partially treated: Ferritin reflects body storage iron, while serum iron and transferrin saturation reflect current iron circulating in plasma. When you take oral iron supplement, the amount of iron in circulation (absorbed from gut on its way to storage sites) is transiently high. Your data suggest you have iron deficiency, partially treated, with blood tests taken within a day or two of your most recent iron pill. ...Read more

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Been taking iron supplements for 8 weeks now and iron is not increasing but decreasing. What could be wrong. Seeing a hematologist soon. Cancer?

Not necessarily: Many things can be going on but in someone so young, cancer would not be on top of my list. That said, it is wise to see a hematologist/oncologist so don't miss the appointment. Best to you. ...Read more

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Been taking iron supplements for 5 weeks, Hb increased from 9.8 to 11.7. Blood tests came back fine except RDW (27.8)being high. Should I discontinue?

Been taking iron supplements for 5 weeks, Hb increased from 9.8 to 11.7. Blood tests came back fine except RDW (27.8)being high. Should I discontinue?

Probably. Best also: Check serum Fe+2, Total Iron Binding Capacity & Ferritin as indicators of degree of adequacy of iron replacement. While too much iron over time is toxic, you also want enough intake to replace iron in RBCs lost via bleeding. Normally iron in RBCs is recycled back to bone marrow; can't do this if RBCs are lost outside body. High RDW expected due to mix of small RBCs (when Fe low) vs. Normal RBCs. ...Read more

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Any side effects to iron supplements? I have anemia & am starting 60mg of a slow release tablet of iron tonight. Anything I should know before taking?

Constipation and...: Iron supplements often cause constipation and will turn your stool black. They can also cause stomach upset and occ. Diarrhea and cramping- these tend to lessen over time. But they are usually well-tolerated. Taking vit. C with them improves absorption.
The best-absorbed form of iron is actually iron bis-glycinate so you might want to try that form. ...Read more

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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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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more