Women aged 20-50


IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA IN WOMEN AGED 20-50 YEARS

Women are at risk of iron deficiency anaemia due to menstruation and a poor
intake of iron from their diet. 1

  • Adolescents and adult women can lose as much as 20 to 40 mg of iron
    during menstruation
  • Women generally eat less than men do, which results in taking in less iron
    from their diet.

The adult female body has only about 300 to 500 mg of iron in storage compared
to 1 000 mg for the average male. National data from the United States indicate that
only one fourth of adolescent girls and women of childbearing age (12-49) consume
enough iron each day in their diet to meet the US Recommended Dietary Allowance
(RDA), which is 15 mg. 1

CAUSES OF IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA IN WOMEN AGED 20-50 1

  • Low iron consumption
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Frequent dieting
  • An inadequate intake of vitamin C (which helps the body to absorb iron)

Adolescent girls may be particularly at risk of iron deficiency because of poor
eating habits and crash diets that don't include enough iron for their growth
requirements. 1

SYMPTOMS OF IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA IN WOMEN AGED 20-50 1,2

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches or light-headedness
  • Breathlessness
  • Paleness
  • Pica (non-nutritional cravings)
  • Brittle nails
  • Swelling or soreness of the tongue
  • Frequent infections
  • Very heavy menstrual bleeding (or other vaginal bleeding)

Ferrimed®, SA's #1 prescribed iron treatment, 3 contains elemental iron as iron polymaltose complex and is clinically proven to be a safe form of iron. 4

For more information, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For full prescribing information refer to: Ferrimed® Package Insert

References:
  1. The Female Patient Waiting Room Edition: Pump up that iron. OBGYN.net [online] [cited 2010 Apr 6] Available from: URL:
    http://www.obgyn.netfemalepatient/femalepatient.asp?page=tyler_tfp
  2. Iron Deficiency Anemia. What are the signs and Symptoms of Iron-Deficiency Anemia? National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Disease and
    Conditions Index [online] [cited 2010 Apr 6] Available from: URL:http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/topics/ida/signs.html
  3. IMS Data.
  4. Langstaff RJ, Geisser P, Heil WG, Bowdler JM. Treatment of iron-deficiency anaemia: a lower incidence of adverse effectswith Ferrum
    Hausmann than ferrous sulphate. Br J Clin Res 1993;4:191-198

"The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider"

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S0 Ferrimed® Capsules / H840 (Act 101 of 1965) / Each capsule contains 50 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex and 150 µg folic acid. S0 Ferrimed® D.S. Chewable Tablets / L/8.3/201 / Each tablet contains 100 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex. S0 Ferrimed® Syrup / H842 (Act 101 of 1965) / Each 5 ml contains 50 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex.


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