Anemia Has Significant Health Consequences, So Here's How You Check For It

Anemia is a condition in which you don't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your tissues. Having anemia can make you feel exhausted or it can just accompany other serious illness. I read a figure that 2.5 billion people globally are anemic. The World Health Organization estimates that 42% of women in the non-industrial countries are anemic and about 20% of women in industrialized countries are anemic. Anemia can cause low blood pressure. Most anemia is caused by low iron and can be detected by a simple blood testing at your physicians office called a hemoglobin. Complete blood counts (CBC),, measurement of iron and ferritin, as well as some of the B vitamins and the rate you make new red blood cells are used for more in depth testing.Thre are other types of anemia. Often the anemia is caused by heavy menstrual bleeding, and that is the first thing your gyno will check for if you feel feint. Eating a health varied diet can help deter anemia, and an additional aim of testing for specific types of anemia is for the purpose of directing your nutrition. So if you are interested in a consultation contact Women's Health Practice.


  1. Hi I had my surgery on June 2nd 2014 felt fine for 2 days then on the 3rd day felt really ill dizzy and hot, went back to the doctors who said I was fine take Paracetamol. Since then my stomach is swollen I have put on at least 7lbs and keep getting cramping pains and hot flushes .. what can i do any suggestions. Prior to having the op I had tried various tablets and the mirena coil so this was a last chance before hysterectomy. I do have large fibroids as well. thanks Wendy

  2. Symptoms that occur shortly after a surgery could be the surgery, or you could have an entirely different medical issue, seeing your gynecologist is the only way to sort this out.

  3. A reader asks: I have hemoglobin at physical that was 10.8 just finished cycle so doc was concerned so repeated a week later and hemoglobin was up to 11.3 ferritin was 8 and so he did a colonoscopy and endoscopy. All fine now I am worried about uterine cancer. I don't bleed between periods but I am 49 and cycles have gotten shorter and heavier then I will have a long cycle. I am overweight I go to gyno every year but I wonder if heavy bleeding could be cancer or just peri menopause .. They put me on iron and rechecking in one month! Should I do more or ask for more tests.

    It is important to see your own physician, be tested for anemia, and to have on going evaluation the way this reader has had for the anemia she is experiencing. Reasons to go back to see your physicians would include new symptoms or additional questions. It's important to understand the treatment goals and what you can expect from therapies and normal to have additional questions. Women should be encouraged to have continued dialogs with their providers.


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