Anemia is a common consequence of uterine fibroids and irregular bleeding because of these fibroids.
In many women correction of the bleeding, or treatment of uterine fibroids corrects the associated anemia.
In some women, their iron stores become so depleted that the anemia cannot correct easily.
In women facing uterine fibroid surgery the correction of anemia should ideally be done before the surgery if having a hysterectomy or myomectomy.
In women who have to have surgery correction of anemia by taking oral iron can work to bring the blood counts to normal.
Diet that is deficient in B vitamins or other nutrients may make correction of anemia harder.
Intravenous iron is a rapid and successful way to raise the blood count for women facing surgery. It may take three infusions per week for three weeks. In research studies the count was raised by oral iron less than one hemoglobin point during three weeks, but by 3 points if iv iron infusions were given.
Sometimes other aspects of nutrition need to be corrected, such as using supplements to improve the function of B vitamins.
Epoetin can be given weekly and it increases the hemoglobin concentration about double what you can accomplish with oral iron given over the three week period of time in research settings
Correction of anemia before surgery, and decreased blood loss during surgery with minimally invasive techniques helps you get back to work and recover faster from uterine fibroid surgery at Women’s Health Practice.