Ladies, Can Your Period Cause Anemia?

Sep 29, 2020

Introduction
 

World Health Organization

In year 2011, one in three non-pregnant woman were anemic. And iron deficiency is thought to contribute to at least half of this global burden.

 

FACT: Women, particularly adolescent girls, are vulnerable to iron deficiency.

REASON: Menstrual blood loss (especially during heavy flow); growing female adolescents with increased iron requirements (experiencing rapid growth with expansion of the red blood cell mass)

CONCERN OF THE DAY: Is your menstrual causing you to have anemia?

Averagely, women experience their first period around the age of 13. Until menopause, a woman will have approximately 500 periods in her lifetime. You are more susceptible to anemia if you have abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding during your menstrual period, which the signs include:

 

  • Soaking through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several consecutive hours
  • Need to use double sanitary protection to avoid leaking
  • Need to wake up in the middle of the night to change sanitary protection
  • Prolong menstrual bleeding i.e. longer than a week
  • Passing blood clots larger than a quarter
Iron in Red Blood Cells

Iron is vital in blood production and about 70% found in red blood cells. Iron deficiency happens when your body loss too much blood and/or not getting enough replenishment. Gradually (may take up to years), this leads to Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) as your body doesn’t have sufficient iron to produce red blood cells.

What Can I Do?
Besides medical treatment for your heavy menstrual bleeding, you need to get daily oral iron supplementation to restore the lost nutrient. Iron supplements using ferrous fumarate can provide the highest percentage of elemental iron for body absorption. You also need Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid which are essential in the formation and development of healthy red blood cells.
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