How long for BCP to start effecting iron levels and anemia
I've been recently put on birth control pills and I am starting the second week of my fourth month. My doctors have established to my satisfaction, via a bunch of awful GI and endometrial tests last year, that my years of heavy monthly bleeding are causing my anemia/low iron stores. And my periods have been much, much better and shorter since being on the pill. I'm very pleased about that and have no qualms whatsoever about being on them.
My question is, how long will it take for my anemia to resolve? I had my first re-check of the blood levels last week and my HGB is still low as are my iron levels. Shouldn't I be getting better soon now?
My doctor says it takes 180 days for bone marrow to manufacture new blood so she isn't surprised by this. Even so, she put me on iron supplements which are killing my stomach with heartburn. I would love it if the BCP would just do its thing and I don't have to take the iron for long.
Just wondering what other people's experiences are with this.