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Iron Deficiency after Hysterectomy

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Iron Deficiency after HysterectomyI found out that I'm "iron deficient" and my doctor has prescribed iron pills. From what I've heard these things can be pretty hard on your stomach and bowels. Are there any natural ways to help increase iron, either through diet, naturopathic, or others?


Yes, iron pills can be pretty rough on your stomach, especially if it’s sensitive. They can also cause constipation.

If you are needing to bring your iron levels up with something other than iron supplements, you might want to try adjusting your diet. Below are some foods high in iron that could help:
  • Poultry - chicken, duck, turkey, liver (especially dark meat)

  • Meats - beef, pork, lamb, liver, and other organ meats

  • Fish - shellfish, including clams, mussels, and oysters, sardines, anchovies

  • Leafy greens of the cabbage family, such as broccoli, kale, turnip greens, and collards

  • Legumes, such as lima beans and green peas; dry beans and peas, such as pinto beans, black-eyed peas, and canned baked beans

  • Iron-enriched white bread, pasta, rice, and cereals

  • Yeast-leavened whole-wheat bread and rolls

You may be able to prevent iron-deficiency by following the recommended daily allowance which is that women under the age of 50 need 18 mg of iron while women over 50 need 8 mg.

For better absorption of iron within the body:
  • Take iron with orange juice or vitamin C

  • Steam vegetables for meals

  • Use iron pots for cooking

Avoid taking iron with:
  • Chocolate, coffee, tea, or other highly caffeinated foods or drinks

  • Milk and other high calcium foods or drinks

  • High fiber foods like nuts, whole grains, raw vegetables, or bran

Be sure to check with your doctor about other alternatives to increase iron within your blood.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-12-2003 - 10:38 AM


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