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[QUOTE=Fairyjill;3339336]I have been reading several posts and you all have your numbers listed. I was just told I had iron deficency anemia most likely due to my very heavy periods. Are you talking about your actual iron count or your hemoglobin?[/QUOTE]

We talk about both!

Ferritin is the one that is the best--it tells your iron stores. So, you'll often see us banter about levels of "5" or "10" or "20". That would be ferritin.

We don't talk about the actual anemia too much; i.e., the hemoglobin numbers. That varies so much for everyone. There are people that can have a Ferritin of 5 which is extremely low, yet have no anemia, while other can have higher Ferritin levels and have anemia. It's weird.

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