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Low Iron and Your Fertility

The most common symptom I see that suggests an iron deficiency is a patient who describes that they could just sleep and sleep and still feel tired. Alongside that, you may feel dizzy, tearful, shortness of breath, or be feeling cold.

Iron deficiency is the MOST COMMON nutritional deficiency among women of reproductive age. The reason iron deficiency is so common is that we ladies menstruate every month, lose quite a bit of blood, and therefore lose quite a bit of iron too.

Most women are aware of the fact that iron deficiency can leave you feeling absolutely exhausted and run down. However, what many women don’t realize is that iron deficiency can have significant impacts on our fertility. If we are lacking iron (and therefore lacking adequate oxygen delivery to our body’s tissues), how can we be expected to get pregnant and stay pregnant? Iron deficiency and fertility go hand in hand. If you’ve been struggling with infertility, it’s time to take a look at your iron status!

Iron deficiency has been linked to infertility, miscarriage, low birth weight, and premature labour. Researchers have found that women with inadequate iron stores are more likely to suffer from anovulation, meaning they fail to ovulate.

As most of us know, when we don’t ovulate, pregnancy becomes completely impossible! Moreover, when our iron stores fall into an unhealthy range, this prevents red blood cells from developing. This translates into decreased oxygen to the body’s tissues INCLUDING the ovaries and uterus. When there is insufficient oxygen delivery to our reproductive organs, eggs become poor in quality, and may even become unviable. Again, without optimal egg quality and development, pregnancy becomes near impossible.

I help women with low iron stores, by giving specific remedies to support the bone marrow to absorb iron better. I find there is normally an imbalance in the bone marrow which is the cause and once this is restored, those horrible symptoms of anemia disappear.

I also highly recommend Floradix, which is available nearly everywhere, this is a delicious natural source of iron, made from veggies and is better absorbed then pharmaceutical prescription iron.

Natasha Burns is a Fertility Homeopath from Cornwall, UK.

She helps couples from around the world have healthy babies, naturally.

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