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Should you take iron supplements while on birth control?

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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Not necessary

There's nothing specific about birth control pills that requires that you should take iron supplements.
There's no problem doing so if your doctor has told you that you need them. If you were having heavy bleeding as a reason to be on birth control, iron may be needed.

In brief: Not necessary

There's nothing specific about birth control pills that requires that you should take iron supplements.
There's no problem doing so if your doctor has told you that you need them. If you were having heavy bleeding as a reason to be on birth control, iron may be needed.
Dr. Paula Hillard
Dr. Paula Hillard
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology

In brief: No

You only need an iron supplement if you have heavy periods or have been instructed by your doctor that you have iron deficiency anemia.
One benefit of birth control pills is that they usually make a woman's period lighter and/or shorter. Also less cramping.

In brief: No

You only need an iron supplement if you have heavy periods or have been instructed by your doctor that you have iron deficiency anemia.
One benefit of birth control pills is that they usually make a woman's period lighter and/or shorter. Also less cramping.
Dr. Scott Kramer
Dr. Scott Kramer
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