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I have a high ferritin level. Could a very heavy period be your body trying to get rid of some iron?
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
In brief: Maybe . . .
Ferritin is a protein your body uses to hold onto iron.
Low ferritin suggests not enough iron, possibly leading to anemia. Too much ferritin might indicate iron overload or hemochromatosis. Heavy periods usually lead to anemia if you don't consume enough iron or produce enough blood to make up for difference. Best to follow up w/your family physician to check your blood count.

In brief: Maybe . . .
Ferritin is a protein your body uses to hold onto iron.
Low ferritin suggests not enough iron, possibly leading to anemia. Too much ferritin might indicate iron overload or hemochromatosis. Heavy periods usually lead to anemia if you don't consume enough iron or produce enough blood to make up for difference. Best to follow up w/your family physician to check your blood count.
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