Facebook Pixel
EmpowHER Guest

how to tell if it's an iron deficiency?

By Anonymous February 15, 2017 - 9:35pm
Rate This

I read an article online yesterday about symptoms of iron deficiency, and I recognized many of them. I've been feeling run down the last few weeks due to working a lot, and my hair is shedding more than usual. it is also breaking. My nails are also very weak and peel and break easily and I find myself desiring a nap in the afternoon around 3 nearly every day. i also sleep for an average of 8-9 hours and when I wake up I still feel tired.
Is it a coincidence? I was looking up foods rich in iron and admittedly they are mostly things that I hardly eat as they are very expensive (imported as my country doesn't produce most of them) or hard to find. I was wondering if I should take an iron supplement to help, but I wonder if that could possibly affect my birth control (Gynera brand) and its efficiency? My GP doesn't believe much in taking supplements, he normally says I should try harder to have a balanced diet... is it true that supplements and multi-vitamins could affect how my body absorbs birth control pills and therefore its efficiency?

thank you

Add a CommentComments

There are no comments yet. Be the first one and get the conversation started!

Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.

Diet & Nutrition

Get Email Updates

Diet & Nutrition Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!