Iron is essential for the body to make the haemoglobin (Hb) which carries oxygen from our lungs to the rest of the body. As your iron levels fall, you may begin to feel tired and forgetful, and may start to look a little pale. These are symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia.
Heavy periods (menorrhagia), pregnancy and child birth are all significant causes of iron deficiency anaemia in women of childbearing age. Gynaecological disorders such as endometriosis and fibroids will also affect the absorption of iron. In conditions such as endometriosis, women can experience heavy bleeds and loss, and with gynaecological problems like these, maintaining optimal iron levels can become a little difficult. We provide IV iron therapy to our patients who are diagnosed with iron deficiency anaemia, whether stemming from menorrhagia or throughout pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the demand for iron increases to support fetal and placental growth and blood loss at delivery. Iron levels will be checked throughout the course of pregnancy in routine blood tests and supplementation may be recommended if a pregnant woman falls below the recommended daily intake.
We provide iron therapy in our rooms to help our patients suffering from iron deficiency anaemia. An intravenous iron/saline solution is inserted into the veins and administered directly into the bloodstream. The infusion is performed in the privacy of our clinic and you will be monitored closely. The entire procedure will take approximately half an hour.
IV iron works well for patients that are unable to tolerate oral iron or have difficulties in absorbing the iron via the stomach. It is also suitable for patients that need a rapid increase of iron levels to avoid complications or a blood transfusion – notably obstetric patients at delivery.
The amount of iron needed by your body to make enough new red blood cells to return Hb levels to normal is calculated by the current levels noted in blood test results. In some cases, just by giving a small amount of IV iron can help to increase the hB levels enough to improve symptoms slowly and help avoid a blood transfusion. Iron can then be given back to the body slowly over the coming months with iron tablets.
If you are interested in knowing more about our IV iron infusions, feel free to leave us a message, or contact our rooms between Monday – Friday on 1300 366 126.