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cool87
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Just wondering if anemia could affect someone's period, if it can mess with your cycle and cause you for example to skip periods or have only some spotting instead of a normal period ?

[ 12-10-2007, 01:57 PM: Message edited by: cool87 ]

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I don't think so, but I'm not sure. I'm highly anemic and it's never interfered with my period, except the fact that I have to make sure I take my iron pills a week before/during my period, so I don't faint.
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It certainly can; I'm severely anemic due to my digestive issues, and because of that I haven't had a period since March. Basically, your body can't spare the iron, so menstruation becomes delayed/erratic or halts entirely, as my doctor put it.

[Edit: it should be noted that not everyone who is anemic will experience amennorhea; it's simply one of many symptoms a patient POSSIBLY could show.]

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Wow, you learn something new everyday.
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I suspected anemia about one year ago and my doctor run some blood tests and they came back negative which really surprised me given 1) I had VERY heavy period and which lasted long in the first few years I started menstruating, 2) I don't eat much food which has iron in it as far as I know and it's been going on for some years now 3)I had and still have sometimes symptoms which can be caracteristics of anemia.

I'm just still worried about not having had my period last month. But I guess I'm just thinking about the worst cases/least likely scenarios here. Could have been just stress. I guess I should wait to see if my period comes this month before really starting to worry something might be wrong. I have enough other stuff to worry about right now anyway. [Wink]

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Just dropping by to say that I got my period this morning. Ouf ! So it's all set. I just feared I was not going to have it for this month either but it turned out I was worried for nothing.

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