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I agree with Merimac about bleeding that heavy.
Also, SlowFe is not a good one to take if you need to get your iron up faster as it is a slow release. You may have to have iron shots to do that. You should also see about getting on some birth control for awhile to get your periods slowed down.
I also wrote this on the Anemia board..

Eat foods high in iron:

red meat
liver o eggs
dried fruits, like apricots, prunes, and raisins
lentils and beans
green, leafy vegetables, like spinach and broccoli o tofu o cereal with iron in it (iron-fortified)

Eat/drink foods that help your body absorb iron, like orange juice, strawberries, broccoli, or other fruits and vegetables with vitamin C.

Don't drink coffee or tea with meals. These drinks make it harder for your body to absorb iron.

Calcium can hurt your absorption of iron. Take at different parts of the day.

Make sure you get enough folic acid and vitamin B-12 in your diet.

Hope that helps you too!
Wishing you well!
I also have problems with anemia, ferretin at a 9. I also take iron supplements and get heavy periods. I recently read that you should take vitamin A also, it helps to avoid heavy periods, while taking the iron. I get heavier period while taking the iron. So, I added the A, and the periods don't seem as heavy. It's only been 2 months, but it seems to have helped me, so I'm going to continue taking it. Good Luck!
How much vitamin A do you take? I am anemic too from heavy periods and having a marathon one this month, 17 days with no end in sight. Have had a headache every day. I am 51, so I know my hormones are causing problems, but this long on a period is new for me. I have also uped my iron supplements, so maybe that is causing this to drag out so long. Thank you for the good info, it was just what I was looking for this am. Ann
Here is what I found: for heavy menstral periods, particularly during perimenopause, try the following daily: vitaminE 100 to 400 IU, and vitamin A, 5,000 to 10,000IU. Vitamin A appears to help regulate excessive estrogen levels;vitamin E prevents excessive clotting and helps maintain a more normal flow. Doses of vitamin A as high as 100,000IU per day can be given if limited to three months-otherwise, there is a risk of toxicity.(Though 5,000-10,000IU of Vit A is well within the safe range, it is best not to use this if you are trying to get pregnant. Vitamin C with bioflavonoids (500mg per day) and vit A have also been shown to decrease menstrual blood loss. I also recommend a good multivitamin-mineral supplement that has adequate levels of all the vitamins, since they tend to work synergistically. This is what a found in a book on Women's health, by Christiane Northrup,MD. Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. I'm still looking for the site or book that talks about using Vitamin A with Iron to control bleeding. Oh, and it has to be vitamin A, not beta-carotene, as some people, can't convert that to vit A. Hope this helps!
Did you ever have your thyroid levels checked? I am hypo, and having trouble with hormones too. I just turned 50. Low thyroid can cause heavy bleeding and mimick menopause. It can also cause anemia, but it sounds like your heavy periods are to blame. Have you tried using some progesterone cream? Anyway, I hope the Vitamin A helps!

Best of Luck,
Shonks 5

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