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FlaGal1--I had 7 polyps in my uterus that didn't show up on the transvaginal ultrasound. The GYN thinks this was the cause of my heavy bleeding. I had an ablation to correct the problem.

It takes years to empty your Ferritin storage from periods. It sounds like your body was keeping up until the stores were lowered. You can't possibly keep up through diet alone if there is a great(er) loss.

My PCP didn't tell me to do the GI testing and that scared me. I read on the net that you must find out why not just begin iron. I was like you thinking that they need to find out why. I went to my GI doc he said, "If I were in Vegas, I would bet that it is your periods." He did the testing upper and lower endo to be sure that nothing was missed.

Have you had your B-12 and folate checked? These are important to know especially if it may be related to an absorption problem.

As for iron supplements you really do need to try at least 3 before you have anything like IV infusion. I was unable to take Ferris Sulfate and became extremely ill from it. I was then put on Poly Iron 150 which I highly recommend, it is available OTC but you have to ask the pharmacist for it. This was prescribed by my GI doc that understands these issues and knows about iron.

Sounds like you are on the right track and Christine has given you great facts and information. Good luck to you. FLFLOWERGIRL:) PS-- I like your name too!

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