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Do iron levels lower after a period?

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Old 01-03-2007, 03:06 PM   #1
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Do iron levels lower after a period?

Say if I were to have blood drawn before my period starts, would my iron levels be higher than what they would be if I had blood drawn right after or during my period?

Just wondering.

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Old 01-14-2007, 06:26 PM   #2
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Re: Do iron levels lower after a period?

Well,I know that if your period is really heavy for one cycle your HCT can drop if they draw it right after it ends. I had a heavy one in Nov. and mine dropped 3 points! My hematologist also told me that you can deplete your iron stores over time if they are too heavy.

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