A very common finding for women who have been experiencing heavier than usual periods is iron deficiency. Our blood panel includes a test for ferritin, an iron storage protein, which is useful for checking the body’s iron stores. Very often this number is low for peri-menopausal and menopausal women who come to our clinic. Low iron can cause headaches, fatigue, restless legs, dizziness, hair loss–the list goes on. Iron deficiency should never be missed but it is. Call our office to schedule a nutrition consultation if you suspect you need a ferritin test and help with diet and supplements for addressing low iron.