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Iron tablets during period

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Growlie, May 15, 2010.

  1. Growlie

    Growlie Well-Known Member

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    Is it worth taking iron tablets during your period do you think?

    My friend reckons I should (TMI coming up) mine are super heavy at the moment, (seriously - today I had to use a maternity pad from work and it didn't last long) and i felt faint and pukey all day.

    I think iron would surely just make me constipated and wouldnt do much if I only take them on certain days...?

    God, I sound really thick!
  2. Kaboodle

    Kaboodle 3rd Year Student Midwife & SMnet Staff Staff Member Plus! Member

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    I am always having to take iron tablets due to such heavy periods.... definately helped with the feeling faint, although I do become anaemic very quickly which is why I am instructed to use them

    I would advise plenty of waterwith them, that way you suffer less on the constipation side (thats what the dr told me) xxx
  3. Lady & Me

    Lady & Me Well-Known Member

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    I have to 'time' taking mine. And when I say time, I mean when I have the evening free so I can be ill. I'm severly anaemic and nothing seems to be increasing my iron levels. I'm sure my current ferrous sulphate tabs work a treat but my life is too busy to become sick.
    Fortunatley, my contraceptive method stops me from having periods, so that's a help.

    Have you thought about changing your contraceptive method to make the bleeding lighter?
    Or, I don't know if health food shops iron tablets have a sufficient amount of mg in their tablets to help yet decrease the associated side effects x x x
  4. Butterfly

    Butterfly Guest

    sorry hun- I can't give you any advice. I've often thought about it- I suffer badly with lethargy and feeling faint during my periods too, but i wonder whether that's due to low BP and/or hormonal involvement.

    It might be worth popping along to see your GP?

    I'm not sure how ferrous sulphate supplements work; if they take a while to build up in your system then taking them for a few days a month probably won't help all that much?

    Hope you manage to get it sorted- it's pants when you feel so awful EVERY month...
  5. Ilithyia

    Ilithyia Well-Known Member

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    yep, i agree with iron tablets hun as u can lose lots of iron on a heavy period which is probably whats making u feel so crappy.. even if u don't want to take the tablets, perhaps try increasing ur intake of the foods containing it? Xx
  6. Growlie

    Growlie Well-Known Member

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    Its annoying... I was wondering about changing contraception... I'm just not sure what to have.

    My friend took my BP yesterday and it was actually pretty high for me so it's not that. I've jsut felt wibbly wobbly all day long.
  7. SpaceRanger

    SpaceRanger Active Member

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    take ur iron with orange juice or vitamin c supplements hun that helps absorb it and prevent the constipation xxxx
  8. Pootle

    Pootle on cloud nine

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    Hey Growlie,
    They do sound really heavy- it might be worth checking things out with your G.P??
    I got put on the mirena coil for mine and it helped hugely. Also you could try taking Spa tone supplements to boost your iron- it's produced nr my house! You mix it with orange juice and it's more bio available than iron tablets so you absorb it better- it also doesn't cause constipation in the same way that the tabs do. They sell it in Boots, Tesco etc. My G.P. recommended it to me when I was pregnant.
    Hope you feel better soon
    xxxx
  9. fizzystick

    fizzystick Member

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    definatly a good idea, i have to take them all the time due to neamia but get heavy periods :(. definatly help. xx
  10. JolenePolene

    JolenePolene Well-Known Member

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    My periods are really heavy too and I hadn't thought of low iron as why I'm feeling so low on energy and all yukky.

    I was peer supporting at the hospital antenatal group this morning and I bled through everywhere! I had to get a pair of disposable pants and a huge hospital sanitary towel to go home! My husband found it strangely attractive when i told him I was wearing throw away knickers! how odd!!!

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