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BOS--Saturation of pads, tampons or clothing. Blood clots equal heavier bleeding that you may not realize. Periods long in duration. Accidents, leaks. Problems like that.

I found a ~period calculator~ (doesn't calculate tampons, but you can get the message), also with visuals. I always thought that the heavy periods I was having was normal because it only lasted 3 days. I was also heavy all my life, I was wrong. I was found to have 7 polyps that only showed up at the time of my ablation procedure.

As for anemia. I don't feel that there has to be a whole heck of a lot of blood loss to be a problem if you are not taking in the amount of iron lost. Or shall I say, it is the amount of iron that your body is able to absorb which is key. Eventually it can catch up to you through your ferritin count. FLFLOWERGIRL:)
[QUOTE=FLFLOWERGIRL;3721216]BOS--Saturation of pads, tampons or clothing. Blood clots equal heavier bleeding that you may not realize. Periods long in duration. Accidents, leaks. Problems like that.

I found a ~period calculator~ (doesn't calculate tampons, but you can get the message), also with visuals. I always thought that the heavy periods I was having was normal because it only lasted 3 days. I was also heavy all my life, I was wrong. I was found to have 7 polyps that only showed up at the time of my ablation procedure.

As for anemia. I don't feel that there has to be a whole heck of a lot of blood loss to be a problem if you are not taking in the amount of iron lost. Or shall I say, it is the amount of iron that your body is able to absorb which is key. Eventually it can catch up to you through your ferritin count. FLFLOWERGIRL:)[/QUOTE]

Hi! Could you give me the info for the "period calculator" or shall I just google it?

Everything changed for me (hormonally wise, hair loss wise and period wise) after I took the drug "Wellbutrin" for a year in 2006. I only took it for a year, but it forever changed me...my ferritin has been steadily dropping ever since.

I will ask my naturopath if she thinks my periods are "heavy". they are definitely heavier than before 2006. Thanks!!
Hi all! I was looking for answers here since my hair seems to be falling out. My dermatolgist checked my ferritin and it was 13, so she has me taking iron and vitamin C twice a day. She said this can cause hair loss. I hope it helps, cuz I think I might look wierd bald!

and yet, think of all the cute wigs I could buy...LOL

On the heavy period issue, I have to weigh in! About 5 months ago, I had a surgery that changed my life - endometrial ablasion. My periods were so heavy that I literally would be home-bound for a day or two each month. I would wear a maxi-pad and 2 super tampons and still had major problems. I am telling all my friends about this because I don't think the doctors are really promoting this enough. So many women suffer through this and don't know they can fix it! The surgery was so easy and I have not had a period since. I am 41 and have 3 kids, so we were totally done with that. But for anyone suffering from heavy periods, if you are done having kids, I highly recommend it!

Interestingly, now that I am not menstruating any more, my iron is now low, and my hair falling out. I am wondering if this is a delayed reaction to years of heavy bleeding? I called my OB this week and asked them if they had checked my iron before the surgery. She said that my hemoglobin was normal, but they did not actually test my ferritin level at the time. Has anyone else experienced this?





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