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Re: Low Hemoglobin
Jan 26, 2008
Well, it sounds like you have your answer.

Don't be afraid of trying BC unless you have some strong family history of heart disease. Millions of women take these everyday and strokes and heart attacks are not happening all over the place. It is rare and, if it does happen, usually happens to someone with a problem already going on. BC have a lot positives like reducing ovarian cancer. Untreated anemia can set you up for all kinds of health problems by stressing your heart, lowering your immune system, and stressing your other organs. So, if you are going to look at the risks of BC, you need to seriously consider the risks of NOT taking it because there are many.

If you are done having children, talk to your doctor about a Mirena IUD (actually they can use these with women who have had at least one child and want to have more). This IUD keeps the hormones in your uterus and pretty much stops the flow of the menstrual cycle to almost nothing but spotting. My cousin has had one for many years and LOVES it (she was terribly anemic beforehand). You can also look into have a procedure done to thin your your endometrial lining (it's called a uterine ablation) but they don't do that on younger women generally because you do have to have finished having children.

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