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Iron Deficiency Test for Women - Check your Ferritin levels - Verisana Lab

Iron Deficiency Test for Women

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Around 25% of the world’s population suffers from iron deficiency, with women of childbearing age being particularly affected due to their higher iron requirements, attributed to factors like menstruation, pregnancy, and lactation.

Our Iron Deficiency Test for Women allows for easy Ferritin level measurement from the comfort of your home.

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Details
Who should take the test?

Our Iron Deficiency Test for Women is tailored for those who prioritize their overall well-being and wish to proactively track their Ferritin levels to monitor their iron status.

The test is especially recommended for women of childbearing age, those with intestinal problems affecting nutrient absorption, vegetarians/vegans, and athletes. These groups are at an increased risk of iron deficiency due to various factors, such as higher iron demands, dietary choices, and intense physical activity.

How does it work?

Once your order has been processed, you will be sent a blood sample collection kit. You collect your sample from the comfort of your own home and send it right back to our CLIA-certified partner laboratory. We analyze your sample and inform you that your results have been uploaded to your confidential account on our secure website.

What guidance will I get along with my results?

Following the completion of the analysis, you will receive a lab report that includes explanations for the analyzed markers and details on potential symptoms linked to imbalances. Additionally, we strongly advise that you discuss the results you receive from us with your healthcare provider or practitioner.

Moreover, additional information can be found on our website, particularly within various test categories, “health conditions,” and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. If you have any further inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us by sending an email to contact@verisana.com.

How is my privacy protected?

Samples for our tests are collected in the privacy of your own home. Both we and our partner laboratories (which may be contracted by us to conduct some or all analyses of your test) take customer privacy very seriously.

You will be the sole person with access to this information, and we guarantee that we will not disclose your information to any unauthorized third parties. Additionally, all samples will be disposed of after analysis. Both our Verisana portal for registering kits and receiving results as well as our CLIA-certified partner laboratories are fully HIPAA-compliant.

Test measures
For the Iron Deficiency Test for Women we analyze:
  • Ferritin
Ferritin

For women, ferritin is crucial as it plays a pivotal role in iron storage within the body. Iron, though essential, can be toxic in its free form, so ferritin encapsulates it in cells to prevent harm. Monitoring ferritin levels is essential, especially for women, as it helps detect iron deficiency.

Low ferritin levels indicate depleted iron stores, and addressing iron deficiency through dietary sources like liver, oatmeal, seeds, legumes, quinoa, and pistachios is essential. Iron deficiency in women may lead to various symptoms, including fatigue, heart palpitations, pale skin, mouth corner cracks, brittle nails, and cravings.

Conversely, high ferritin levels may signal iron overload, which can be more common in men. Conditions like hemochromatosis can lead to excessive iron absorption and storage in organs like the liver and heart. Left untreated, it can result in serious complications such as cirrhosis, diabetes, heart failure, arthritis, and impotence.

In cases of significantly elevated ferritin levels, further investigation into potential causes, such as iron storage diseases, is strongly recommended, particularly for women, due to the vital role ferritin plays in maintaining iron balance.

Symptoms
Symptoms the Iron Deficiency Test for Women is suitable for:
  • Brittle nails
  • Hair loss
  • Torn corners of the mouth
  • Pale skin
  • Shortness of breath
Sample collection guide
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Please read the following instructions in detail before starting with the sample collection.

Please download the instructions here

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Who is at increased risk for iron deficiency?

Several groups are at an increased risk of developing iron deficiency. Women of childbearing age, due to their higher iron requirements related to menstruation, pregnancy, and lactation, are particularly vulnerable. Individuals with intestinal issues that affect nutrient absorption may also be at risk. Additionally, vegetarians and vegans, who may have lower dietary iron intake, and athletes, who experience increased iron demands due to their physical activity, should be mindful of their iron levels to mitigate the potential for deficiency.

What is the exact role of Ferritin in women's health?

Ferritin is essential for women's health as it serves as a vital protein for storing and regulating iron within the body. Its primary roles include safeguarding iron reserves, ensuring balanced iron supply, and supporting various physiological functions. This is particularly important during life stages like menstruation, pregnancy, and lactation, as well as for overall well-being and vitality in women.

What are the symptoms of too much iron in women?

The symptoms of iron overload in women are generally similar to those in men and can include fatigue, joint pain, abdominal discomfort, weakness, changes in skin color, heart issues, liver problems, diabetes, thyroid issues, and an enlarged spleen. These symptoms can vary between individuals however.

How often should I take the Iron Deficiency Test for Women?

The frequency of taking the Iron Deficiency Test for Women should be personalized based on individual health factors and recommendations from your healthcare provider. For many women, annual or biennial testing is suitable as a proactive measure. However, those with specific health concerns, chronic conditions, or pregnancy may require more frequent testing. Always consult with your healthcare professional to establish the most appropriate testing schedule for your unique circumstances.

I am not getting enough blood from my finger, what can I do?

In order to draw more blood from your finger, begin by warming your hand under running warm water for a few moments and gently rotate your arm to enhance blood circulation. When it's time to prick your finger, aim for the side of the finger rather than the tip. It's often easier to use the middle or ring finger of your non-dominant hand. To prevent any involuntary withdrawal during the piercing, place your finger firmly on a stable surface. Finally, apply a gentle squeeze and massage towards the fingertip to encourage blood flow.

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