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I am a 26 year old female who has been feeling extremely tired over the last few months with symptoms of fatigue including dizziness, trouble concentrating and feeling out of breath. Approx. 2.5 years ago I had similar symptoms and my doctor did a blood test which found my ferritin levels to be at 7 (with the guideline at 28-160). Despite eating red meat and other sources of iron frequently it was very low and she attributed this to my periods and told me to take supplements. HOWEVER 2 years ago I had the mirena inserted and so have not had any periods in this time (not even spotting). I had another test in february this year and my ferritin levels were at 15. I also had another test a few days ago and have gotten the results back and the levels have dropped again to 12. Between the last two tests I actually increased my iron intake with red meat and so expected the results to increase if anything but instead have decreased despite no period! All my other blood tests have come back normal so my doctor has said that I am not anaemic.
Any ideas on possible causes?
All information and suggestions are appreciated!
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