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Hi Lise,

The blood bank has a different standard of what low iron is. I would be curious to know what your lab values are. If you have your most recent report, post the values here and you will get some hopefully helpful information.

You may want to take an iron supplement for the week of your period. I take BCP, and the "week-off" placebo pills are iron pills, so this isn't too far fetched an idea. Very heavy periods are a common cause of anemia in women and it doesn't take long for it to develop. If you had your blood drawn say 3 months ago and you were normal, you could be anemic now. I am just guessing that your doctor doesn't feel you are low, but you probably are. Those of us on the board here are pretty much of a consensus that what doctors think is low and what we think is low (because we all feel lousy) are vastly different.

It might be time for a physical and a CBC, if you haven't had one recently. ALOT of things can cause your symptoms including being a MOMMY as well as simply having your period. Welcome to the land of peri-menopause.


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