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Does a heavy period affect your platelet count? 10 years 9 months ago #22375

  • mothergoo
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Was just curious if your period being heavy when you have your count done has a affect of lowering your counts???

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Re: Does a heavy period affect your platelet count? 10 years 9 months ago #22379

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In theory, it shouldn't. The count is platelets per mL, it is not an absolute number.
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Re: Does a heavy period affect your platelet count? 10 years 8 months ago #22682

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I firmly believe my periods affect my platelet count, for the last few years, the week/few days before my period my platelets drop from a good count, they are always low week of my period and by the time my period is finshing, they start to climb right back up...I have kept a close eye over the last few months and this always happens, now I am happy it is the only consistent thing with my ITP, I feel crap for 2 weeks, platelets below 10 and the other 2 weeks they are good, above 50/normal...I am telling myself now, just embrace/enjoy the good weeks and when there bad think they will improve. don't know if that helps :)

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Does a heavy period affect your platelet count? 10 years 2 months ago #27615

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ABSOLUTELY. The average woman doesn't typically "bleed" that much during their period- you will probably have noticed that even when you have a 14 day long period (boy, don't those suck) that your HCT/hematocrit or red blood cells stay in the fairly normal range. HOWEVER, platelets do drop during and especially at the end of your period.

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Does a heavy period affect your platelet count? 10 years 2 months ago #27620

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Bit of an old thread but still.. this report is interesting. As Tamar said, the loss of blood is not important, it's a chemical thing.

www.pps.org.pk/PJP/6-1/Ranjee.pdf
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Does a heavy period affect your platelet count? 10 years 2 months ago #27699

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Excellent article Ann- thank you! Having read this I have a better understanding of my cyclic nature. Interestingly enough, my leukocytes have never really fluctuated (unless I'm on steroids) but my platelets follow this trend to a pretty strong degree (only with a significantly broader span of high to low). I get my blood checked every single week- since last November so I have a really "fun" graph on my computer that I follow my trends on .

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