Iron Supplements - Why am I bleeding MORE?


Q: When I was a teenager I was told that I was most likely anemic by a Dr, but never really pursued anything from there... Now in my adult years I do show what seems to be true signs of iron deficiency. I bruise easily, I bleed alot (my menstrual cycle is insanely heavy) and my hair seems to fall out in the shower more than what I would consider normal. So, I've recently started taking iron supplements. However, this seems to be worsening the bleeding problem rather than remedying it! When I'm taking the supplements it's almost like I'm on a constant menstrual cycle - not heavy, bet definitely steady. I stopped taking the supplement for a couple of days and it stopped. What's going on!? These seems to be opposite of what an iron supplement should do??

Symptoms:  Menstrual-like bleeding

A:   Iron supplements do not affect the flow or the duration of your periods. Howver you do seem to be suffering from a multivitamin deficiency especially that of Vitamin C and K.
Easy bruisability, heavy periods etc. may also be a sign of a bleeding disorder or a clotting disorder. These are deficiencies in the blood of certain factors that normally result in a blood clot and stop bleeding. It is advisable that you consult a doctor or hospital regarding the same. You already are suffering from anemia and the excess blood loss is definitely not doing you any good.

Related Q&A

Q: I'm just looking for info on some lab results. Below low ferratin levels. Low mcv,mch,mchc and high rdw levels mean.

Q: Hello Dr actually I did marriage tests so I got a high level of hba2 : 7.5  so the hematologist told me that I ...

Q: Hello Doctor I did a marriage test so it shows in the results that i have thalassemia minor as a carrier. But my fia...

Q: Hi, I have a history of low iron and borderline anemia, but it has been progressively worsening over the last year...

Q: Wondering if you can tell me if lab results are norm for CBC w/diff


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon