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Lauren
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@bikerchris 34658 wrote:

hi

Just wanted to follow up on this. I had another blood test and my levels are still low, I’m still on the supplements and my GP is waiting to see if this works, however the next step will be having iron intravenously. I have also found that I was refused as a blood donor recently because my iron levels are too low, which is disappointing. I’ve always supported the transfusion service and I encourage everyone to go if they can. Never having been in this situation before, I’d always assumed that people with anaemia would feel weak and tired all the time, whereas I don’t, I feel great.

Now I have another question and I am certain you will all say speak to your team or see your GP, and I will do. But I just wanted to see if anyone had personal insight. My periods have suddenly stopped. I’m 46 and whilst I suppose the menopause is looming, it isn’t that they have slowed or tapered off, just completely stopped for the past two months. No, I’m not pregnant, thank goodness, I did a test which was negative. I have found a couple of other posts on this forum relating to this issue but there was no follow up from them to say what happened to these ladies. Any of the usual words of wisdom will be welcome on this.

Chris x

Hi Chris

Thanks for the follow up. I have never been able to donate blood as I have been anaemic most of my life and have Factor 8 (sticky blood) along with my Dad, Mum and Sister. However, my son skipped it and gives blood regularly.

Iron infusions are common after wls. As for menopause, I think you could be onto something here. I have heard of several women of around your age going into an unexpected menopause. I had my surgery at 48 but I had an endometrial ablation years before that more or less stopped my periods. However, I still had all the symptoms. After wls, they stopped too – for which I am very grateful!

Of course you should ask your team and GP. There is still so much to learn about the long term after effect of wls isn’t there?

Doodah x

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