As compared to men, women are more prone to anemia. They are at higher risk when they are in their child-bearing years or are pregnant. Deficiency of iron in women may be temporary, chronic or a symptom of some kind of health problem. In majority of the cases, the condition can be reversed by bringing some changes in diet and lifestyle. To do it, you need to first recognize the condition on time. The knowledge of symptoms of iron deficiency in women will be of great help.
Many-a-times, the deficiency of iron is without any specific symptom. This is particularly the case when the iron levels are at borderline. However, when the level of iron is significantly low, the sufferer woman shows a number of symptoms indicative of the condition. The patient woman gets fatigued very easily. She experiences shortness of breath quite frequently. Her skin appears pale. She has brittle nails. She frequently suffers from chest pain, dizziness, irregular heartbeat and irritability. The problematic blood circulation leads to cold extremities. The sufferer woman loses her ability to concentrate. She experiences menstrual cramps, heavy bleeding and various other discomforts of menstruation. She is more prone to infection. She may or may not suffer from hair loss.
There are several cases reported where an iron-deficient woman talked about the desire for chewing ice, eating peculiar non-food items like paper, clay and mud. Such a medical condition is described by the term ‘pica.’ These are some of the symptoms of iron deficiency in women. If you notice them in you or someone known to you, fix an appointment with a doctor and get necessary assistance.