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Why am I so tired during my period?

Heavy periods and fatigue may go hand in hand because heavy menstrual bleeding may lead to anemia.

Along with tiredness, other symptoms of anemia can include headaches and shortness of breath.

If you have heavy periods and find yourself dragging throughout the day, talk to your doctor. Anemia is caused by a lack of iron and can be confirmed or ruled out with a simple blood test. If you have anemia, your healthcare provider may recommend iron supplements, more iron in your diet, or both.

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