Iron Deficiency Anemia & Women's Health Conditions
About 1 in 5 women of childbearing age has IDA
Women of childbearing age are at a higher risk for developing IDA due to blood loss during long or abnormally heavy menstrual periods, or bleeding fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths in or on the uterus. Blood loss during childbirth can also cause low levels of iron in women.
Mild to moderate IDA may have no signs or symptoms, but as it progresses, IDA can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, headache, dizziness or brittle nails. In certain rare instances, severe IDA may also lead to heart problems, infections and depression.