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Are my heavy periods contributing to my low iron?
19 doctors weighed in

Dr. Denise Elser
Gynecology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Quite possibly
Low iron, which is associated with anemia, is commonly caused by chronic blood loss.
Heavy menstrual bleeding and/or prolonged bleeding can lead to iron deficiency and anemia. Fatigue and exercise intolerance are common symptoms.

In brief: Quite possibly
Low iron, which is associated with anemia, is commonly caused by chronic blood loss.
Heavy menstrual bleeding and/or prolonged bleeding can lead to iron deficiency and anemia. Fatigue and exercise intolerance are common symptoms.
Dr. Denise Elser
Dr. Denise Elser
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Dr. Stephen Noga
Many times intravenous iron can restore iron levels quickly and improve red blood cell numbers
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
great answer!!
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
If nothing else, heavy periods aren't making your iron levels any better. This is a major cause of anemia for women of child bearing age.

In brief: Yes
If nothing else, heavy periods aren't making your iron levels any better. This is a major cause of anemia for women of child bearing age.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes most likely
There are lots of treatment options you can discuss with your doctor. Lysteda is a nonhormone medication designed for heavy periods.
Some benefit from birth control pills, patch or nuvaring. Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud can stop your period in some cases. Consider an endometrial ablation such as genesys hta if you are done having children. These can be done in the safely and comfortably in the office.

In brief: Yes most likely
There are lots of treatment options you can discuss with your doctor. Lysteda is a nonhormone medication designed for heavy periods.
Some benefit from birth control pills, patch or nuvaring. Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud can stop your period in some cases. Consider an endometrial ablation such as genesys hta if you are done having children. These can be done in the safely and comfortably in the office.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes you have choices
Besides taking iron, abnormal periods need evaluation; sonogram, lab tests.
Non-surgical options include: birth control pills. Lysteda (non-hormonal rx taken during period), Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. Minimally invasive options: endometrial ablation (in-office), hysteroscopy polyp removal or fibroid resection; and only if these treatments fail then consider hysterectomy - vaginal or laparoscopic if possible.

In brief: Yes you have choices
Besides taking iron, abnormal periods need evaluation; sonogram, lab tests.
Non-surgical options include: birth control pills. Lysteda (non-hormonal rx taken during period), Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. Minimally invasive options: endometrial ablation (in-office), hysteroscopy polyp removal or fibroid resection; and only if these treatments fail then consider hysterectomy - vaginal or laparoscopic if possible.
Dr. Scott Kramer
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