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Anyone else permanently on iron tablets?! Is it safe?

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nearlyovertherainbow Fri 11-Mar-16 11:55:54

Hi,

I've been on and off them for a few years now, due to very heavy periods.

I came off them recently, because I'd decided to really up my intake through food and also, have just started taking a multi vitamin, which contains iron. Also, because I had a blood test coming up, I wanted to see if my body was coping without the really high dose of iron tablets. Well no, is the answer. I'm back down to 8 (10-30 is normal) and I've got an appointment to see gp on Monday to discuss the results, but I know they'll suggest the mirena coil, which I REALLY don't want to have. I don't need contraception and don't like the idea of unnecessary hormones in my body. Also, the reviews are generally terrible!

I don't mind the mildly unpleasant side effects of the iron tablets, but I'm not sure how safe it is in the long run.

Does anyone know?

TIA

AveEldon Fri 11-Mar-16 12:48:07

Have you seen a gynae to investigate your heavy periods?

GeorgiaOQueef Fri 11-Mar-16 12:59:22

Like you I did not want to take any hormones but I have been put on the mini pill while I am waiting to see a gynae and my periods have totally stopped. I am still taking the iron and will go for bloods soon to see if it has improved. TBH, if your iron is really low diet won't cut it. You need to get to the bottom of the cause of the heavy periods and stick with the iron until the bleeding can be addressed. My sympathies, it is no fun being low on iron.

nearlyovertherainbow Fri 11-Mar-16 13:26:18

Yes, have been seen several times by a gynaecologist. Had a cervical cyst removed a few years back, but apart from that, my doctor seems to just put it down to hormones.

I have to say, each time I come off my period, I think to myself, how am I still alive?! I lose so much blood, it's ridiculous!

I'm at a bit of a loss really now.

Georgia, have you had any side effects with the mini pill? Low libido? Weight gain? I'm really worried about both of those tbh.

AveEldon Fri 11-Mar-16 14:59:11

Have you had your clotting factors checked?

EmNetta Fri 11-Mar-16 22:38:03

My diet's no longer as good as it should be, so I supplement it with a daily multi-vitamin plus iron capsule. About five years since starting, no side-effects, so I'd recommend it if necessary.

My gynae found fibroids years ago, when I was suffering heavy periods, have you asked if this could be a possibility?

Good luck getting some help.

nearlyovertherainbow Sat 12-Mar-16 08:33:41

Ave, I hadn't heard of clotting factors... What is that?

Em, so are you just assuming you'll be on them indefinitely then? Every time my results cone back, my doctor suggests the mirena and when I say I would rather just take the iron, they say that it's not ideal and it's better to treat my heavy periods, rather than treat the side effects of heavy periods, which completely makes sense, don't get me wrong, but I just don't want to go down that route. So I keep taking the tablets with the idea it's temporary, but knowing that my body can't cope without them, which leaves me in a bit of a dilemma really.

I've had lots of internals and scans and they haven't found fibroids. I think they can be tricky to find though, is that right?

AveEldon Sat 12-Mar-16 10:47:49

www.nhs.uk/conditions/von-willebrand-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx

lljkk Sat 12-Mar-16 11:01:07

Very heavy periods every month sounds difficult, hope you can find a way to reduce.

Friend is on daily iron tablets for life due to a mild bleeding condition (genetic). He nearly died without them, so no-brainer.

Trollicking Sat 12-Mar-16 11:07:40

I've always had low iron and have taken iron oils from time to time but I really do time the side effects. At the moment I take a general vitimen pill with iron. I am dieting at the moment and using MyFitnessPal which gives you your daily iron intake - I've been shocked at how difficult it is to get anywhere close to my daily dose. I thought I ate well but I often barely scratch my iron allowance.

I presume the iron in a general vitamin pill doesn't work well enough.

GeorgiaOQueef Sat 12-Mar-16 16:07:59

I haven't had any problems with the mini pill. I stopped the combined pill years ago because it affected my libido. When I went in there and they suggested the mini pill I was going to refuse but it seems to be working really well.

EmNetta Sun 13-Mar-16 23:13:02

Thanks for that info, Ave, not something I'd heard of.

Always hope I'll do more shopping & cooking OP, but yes, for now the general vits & iron are permanent.
Sorry I don't know much more about fibroids, just that iron levels now ok again after having them removed, and certainly feeling better.

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