Periods and anemia

Do you feel very tired after your period? Do you lose your appetite and become out of breath at the slightest effort? Significant blood loss due to heavy periods can cause so-called iron deficiency anemia. Perhaps you suffer from it like 4 to 8% of European women of childbearing age. The ideal is to carry out a blood test to take stock of your state of health. But first, here are some explanations.

Why can menstruation lead to anemia?

Any blood loss means loss of red blood cells and iron. If your diet does not make up for the deficiency, you risk falling victim to iron deficiency anemia.

As iron participates in the transport of oxygen in all cells, a deficiency leads to overall dysfunction of the body. Indeed, cells consume oxygen to produce the energy that our organs and muscles need to be in good working order.

If in addition to your heavy periods , you have had closely spaced pregnancies, you follow a vegan diet or you have a chronic illness leading to poor iron absorption, you are considered a person at risk. So be extra vigilant!

And don't forget to choose your menstrual panties or menstrual swimsuit if you have to go to the swimming pool.

Symptoms of anemia

It is not always easy to spot the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia, especially when it is mild. Here are the main ones:

  • Pronounced fatigue: even lifting our arm exhausts us

  • Pale complexion and white inside of the eyes, instead of red

  • Accelerated heart rate, sometimes to the point of not being able to fall asleep

  • Difficulty taking deep breaths and rapid shortness of breath

  • Cold body extremities

  • Dizziness and vertigo

  • Difficulty concentrating, thinking

  • Digestive problems, stomach aches, nausea

  • Headache

Of course, symptoms don't all appear at the same time and will vary between days and cycles . After each period, try to listen to the signals your body is sending you. Even if your iron deficiency is minimal, it is better to detect it as quickly as possible. Because if you don't act, the lack of iron risks increasing, little by little, until it becomes really annoying.

Limit the risks of anemia during periods

There are no mysteries: if you lack iron, you will have to absorb more. There are two types: heme iron which is easily absorbed by our body and non-heme iron which is much less so. Here are some food sources for these two types of iron:

  • Heme iron: liver, clams, beef, pigeon, black pudding, sardines

  • Non-heme iron: green vegetables, legumes, seaweed, nuts, sesame seeds, dried apricots

As you can see, iron is better absorbed when it comes from animal products. That doesn't mean you can't follow a vegan diet to get your fix. You just have to be more vigilant! Here are some tips to help you.

To promote iron absorption, consume vitamin C at the same time. On the other hand, avoid drinking tea or coffee during your meal. You can also eat nettles which are not only very rich in iron but which also contain all the essential amino acids that your body needs.

You will easily find them at the bottom of your garden if you have one to make a delicious soup. You can also buy it in the form of dried leaves in organic stores to make herbal teas. A good combo for breakfast: fruits rich in vitamin C (kiwi, orange, strawberry) + a large bowl of nettle herbal tea. You will be well hydrated and stock up on iron.

A final, less healthy option is possible: iron-fortified cereals. Choose less sweet ones like the well-known corn flakes for example.

If symptoms persist despite all your precautions, consult your doctor without delay. He will prescribe treatment to supplement you with iron. Unfortunately, the pills are often poorly tolerated and generally cause digestive problems. But it's worth a try if your deficiency is ruining your life.

By Emilie

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Est-ce normal d'avoir des vertiges quand on a ses règles ?

Si vous avez des vertiges pendant ou après vos règles, cela peut être votre corps qui vous informe que vous manquez de fer. En effet, pendant les règles on perd du sang et si notre réserve de fer n'est pas suffisante notre corps en pâtit : sensation de fatigue, vertiges, accélération du rythme cardiaque sont les symptômes d'une anémie.

Est-ce qu'on peut prendre du fer pendant les règles ?

Oui, vous pouvez prendre du fer pendant vos règles. Saviez-vous que 4 à 8% des femmes en Europe souffraient de carences en fer dues à leurs règles. Alors si vous vous sentez particulièrement fatiguées pendant vos règles, que vous avez des vertiges ou des accélérations de votre rythme cardiaque, n'hésitez plus et demandez une prise de sang à votre médecin. Il vous orientera peut être vers des compléments en fer, mais vous pouvez dors et déjà mettre l'accent sur les aliments forts en fer dans votre quotidien pour compenser cette baisse récurrente que nous connaissons toutes.

Pourquoi mes règles abondantes me fatigues?

Des règles abondantes signifies une perte de sang conséquente et avec une perte des précieuses globules rouges qui font circuler de l'oxygène dans notre corps. Ainsi, des règles importantes peuvent conduire à une anémie, une carence en fer, dont les principaux syndromes sont des fatigues, vertiges et une accélération du rythme cardiaque.

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