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Iron Efficiency Test Cost

Iron test or Iron efficiency test is a blood test that evaluates the amount of iron by measuring several substances in the blood. Iron tests is recommended by healthcare practitioner in first trimester and also in second trimester as the results interpreted together to help diagnose and/or monitor iron deficiency or iron overload. Iron tests may also be recommended when results from a routine complete blood count (CBC) show that a pregnant woman`s hemoglobin and hematocrit are low and their red blood cells are paler and smaller than normal (microcytic and hypochromic), suggesting iron deficiency anemia even though other clinical symptoms may not have developed yet. During pregnancy requirement of iron increases, and a failure to maintain sufficient levels may result in adverse maternal-fetal consequences, so keeping track of iron levels is needed during pregnancy.

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What is an iron deficiency test?

To keep our body healthy, it requires certain minerals and nutrients in the proper amount. One such crucial mineral is iron required by your body. iron is absorbed to the body from food by cells in the lines of gastrointestinal tract. Low iron in diet can cause iron deficiency. During pregnancy more iron is required primarily to increase the red blood cells which helps in transporting oxygen throughout your body. Your body supplies oxygen to your growing baby. Your body requires almost twice the amount of iron than when you’re not pregnant.

Iron deficiency test is being done during your first trimester. A blood test is being done to measure various substances in blood to check your iron levels. It includes a hemoglobin test which measures the protein in red blood cells which carries oxygen from lungs to the whole body, Red blood cell size and colour, hematocrit and ferritin test.  Iron tests are done and interpreted at the same time to help monitor the iron levels in your body.

What are the different types of tests included in iron deficiency tests?

The different types of tests included in iron deficiency tests are :

Serum test – measures the level of iron in the liquid portion of blood.

Transferrin test – It directly measures the protein transferrin in the blood that transports iron throughout the body.

TIBC (total iron binding capacity) – is to check how well iron is attached to the transferrin and other proteins in blood.

Why is the iron deficiency test done?

Iron defficiency test are done :

  • To check iron levels are high or low 
  • To check for possibilities and types of anemia
  • To check signs of hemochromatosis, a genetic condition causing excess iron build up in body
  • To check if your iron levels are too high, which is also not good during pregnancy.
  • To check the progress of treatments done for iron deficiency or excess iron in your body.

What are the symptoms which need an iron deficiency test?

You may need iron deficiency testing if you have symptoms of low or high iron levels in your body. Few symptoms of low iron level include pale skin, weakness, dizziness / Fatigue, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat. Few symptoms of high iron levels include joint pain, lack of energy, weight loss.

When is it recommended to get an iron deficiency test during pregnancy?

During the first trimester a routine CBC(Complete blood count test) is done, when it shows that your hemoglobin or hematocrit are low and your red blood cells are smaller and paler, your doctor would suggest iron deficiency anemia tests. It's normal to have mild anemia in pregnancy, however if it is severe, it can put the baby at risk. Iron deficiency anemia can leave you feeling tired or fatigued. If it is not treated timely, it can lead to preterm delivery.

Most of the iron in the body is found inside hemoglobin. If there is not enough iron in the blood, the hemoglobin levels go down. This can reduce oxygen supply to the body and fetus. During pregnancy, if your hemoglobin level is down than the standard measurements, the iron efficiency test is being done.

Women have several blood tests during pregnancy. The iron level in the blood is tested in the first trimester so that iron deficiency anemia can be detected and treated timely.

What happens during an iron deficiency test?

A health care provider will collect a sample of your blood from the veins of your arms.then the collected sample is sent to the lab for further analysis. It takes less than five minutes to collect your blood sample.

How to read iron test result?

A pregnant woman’s normal Hemoglobin level should be 12-16 g/dL.less than 12 -16 g /dL is deficiency. less than 10 g /dL is anemia.

Serum test - normal iron level- First trimester-72 - 143 µg/dL, Second trimester- 44 - 178 µg/dL, Third trimester-30 - 193µg/dL

TIBC (total iron binding capacity)-First trimester- 235 - 408 µg/dL, second trimester-  302 - 519 µg/dL, third trimester-380 - 597 µg/dL

if one or more test results are low then it indicates that your iron levels are low. It indicates that you may have iron deficiency anemia, thalassemia, or other type of anemia.

Too high levels of iron also put you at risk of liver disease, hemochromatosis or lead poisoning.if your iron levels are not in normal range, it doesn't necessarily mean you have a condition, talk to your doctor in detail about the values and what needs to be done.

FAQ

Is iron deficiency common in pregnancy?

Yes, iron deficiency is very common during pregnancy.

What will happen if I have a low iron level in pregnancy?

Low iron levels in pregnancy can cause premature birth, low birth weight for the baby and postpartum depression.

Can low iron levels affect my baby?

Low levels of iron can cause anemia which can affect your baby’s healthy development.

Is it safe to take iron supplements during pregnancy?

Yes, it is safe to take iron supplements during pregnancy.

How can I increase my iron level during pregnancy?

You can increase your iron levels by taking a balanced and iron rich diet.

Is iron deficiency anemia treatable?

Yes, iron deficiency anemia can be treated with an iron rich diet and consumption of iron supplements as per your doctor’s prescription.

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What is an iron deficiency test?

To keep our body healthy, it requires certain minerals and nutrients in the proper amount. One such crucial mineral is iron required by your body. iron is absorbed to the body from food by cells in the lines of gastrointestinal tract. Low iron in diet can cause iron deficiency. During pregnancy more iron is required primarily to increase the red blood cells which helps in transporting oxygen throughout your body. Your body supplies oxygen to your growing baby. Your body requires almost twice the amount of iron than when you’re not pregnant.

Iron deficiency test is being done during your first trimester. A blood test is being done to measure various substances in blood to check your iron levels. It includes a hemoglobin test which measures the protein in red blood cells which carries oxygen from lungs to the whole body, Red blood cell size and colour, hematocrit and ferritin test.  Iron tests are done and interpreted at the same time to help monitor the iron levels in your body.

What are the different types of tests included in iron deficiency tests?

The different types of tests included in iron deficiency tests are :

Serum test – measures the level of iron in the liquid portion of blood.

Transferrin test – It directly measures the protein transferrin in the blood that transports iron throughout the body.

TIBC (total iron binding capacity) – is to check how well iron is attached to the transferrin and other proteins in blood.

Why is the iron deficiency test done?

Iron defficiency test are done :

  • To check iron levels are high or low 
  • To check for possibilities and types of anemia
  • To check signs of hemochromatosis, a genetic condition causing excess iron build up in body
  • To check if your iron levels are too high, which is also not good during pregnancy.
  • To check the progress of treatments done for iron deficiency or excess iron in your body.

What are the symptoms which need an iron deficiency test?

You may need iron deficiency testing if you have symptoms of low or high iron levels in your body. Few symptoms of low iron level include pale skin, weakness, dizziness / Fatigue, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat. Few symptoms of high iron levels include joint pain, lack of energy, weight loss.

When is it recommended to get an iron deficiency test during pregnancy?

During the first trimester a routine CBC(Complete blood count test) is done, when it shows that your hemoglobin or hematocrit are low and your red blood cells are smaller and paler, your doctor would suggest iron deficiency anemia tests. It's normal to have mild anemia in pregnancy, however if it is severe, it can put the baby at risk. Iron deficiency anemia can leave you feeling tired or fatigued. If it is not treated timely, it can lead to preterm delivery.

Most of the iron in the body is found inside hemoglobin. If there is not enough iron in the blood, the hemoglobin levels go down. This can reduce oxygen supply to the body and fetus. During pregnancy, if your hemoglobin level is down than the standard measurements, the iron efficiency test is being done.

Women have several blood tests during pregnancy. The iron level in the blood is tested in the first trimester so that iron deficiency anemia can be detected and treated timely.

What happens during an iron deficiency test?

A health care provider will collect a sample of your blood from the veins of your arms.then the collected sample is sent to the lab for further analysis. It takes less than five minutes to collect your blood sample.

How to read iron test result?

A pregnant woman’s normal Hemoglobin level should be 12-16 g/dL.less than 12 -16 g /dL is deficiency. less than 10 g /dL is anemia.

Serum test - normal iron level- First trimester-72 - 143 µg/dL, Second trimester- 44 - 178 µg/dL, Third trimester-30 - 193µg/dL

TIBC (total iron binding capacity)-First trimester- 235 - 408 µg/dL, second trimester-  302 - 519 µg/dL, third trimester-380 - 597 µg/dL

if one or more test results are low then it indicates that your iron levels are low. It indicates that you may have iron deficiency anemia, thalassemia, or other type of anemia.

Too high levels of iron also put you at risk of liver disease, hemochromatosis or lead poisoning.if your iron levels are not in normal range, it doesn't necessarily mean you have a condition, talk to your doctor in detail about the values and what needs to be done.

FAQ

Is iron deficiency common in pregnancy?

Yes, iron deficiency is very common during pregnancy.

What will happen if I have a low iron level in pregnancy?

Low iron levels in pregnancy can cause premature birth, low birth weight for the baby and postpartum depression.

Can low iron levels affect my baby?

Low levels of iron can cause anemia which can affect your baby’s healthy development.

Is it safe to take iron supplements during pregnancy?

Yes, it is safe to take iron supplements during pregnancy.

How can I increase my iron level during pregnancy?

You can increase your iron levels by taking a balanced and iron rich diet.

Is iron deficiency anemia treatable?

Yes, iron deficiency anemia can be treated with an iron rich diet and consumption of iron supplements as per your doctor’s prescription.

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