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Emmy,the iron and Hgb levels aren't the same. Hgb carries oxygen to your red blood cells and I think in women it's supposed to be between 12-14. Everyone is different. For me the oral supplements just weren't being absorbed enough. I have esophagitis and I've had a few heavy periods that may have contributed to my issues as well. My Hgb was 7.1 yesterday and I received my first of 10 weekly IV iron infusions. There are different types of IV iron and my hematologist told me that some of them can cause bad reactions for alot of people and can take 6 hours to infuse. They gave me one called Venofer and infused it over 20 minutes. I did fine with it without anything major happening. I did feel a little nauseous last night and had alot of acid reflux though. My doctor sent me right to a hematologist as soon as my Hct went down to 24.1 and my Hgb was 7.1. I think they are the people to see who can straighten things out. My GYN never even checked my blood and she just told me to take iron. My primary care doctor was better but told me the same thing and said to eat more red meat. I say go with the specialists because they seem to take it alot more seriously. Good Luck!





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