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What are the links between iron deficiency and periods?

Verified by Dr. Staci Tanouye (she/her), MD FACOG, OB/GYN
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What our doctors say

Iron deficiency, also known as iron deficiency anaemia and menstruation have a two-way link. People who get heavy periods are said to have a higher risk of getting iron deficiency. At the same time, people who have iron deficiency are said to have complications in their menstrual cycle. Monthly blood loss through menstruation can cause anemia essentially, heavy menstrual bleeding can make you more susceptible to iron deficiency anemia. Thes symptoms of this are tiredness, weakness, shortness of breath, poor concentration, lightheadedness.

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