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For women, 11 to 307 ng/ml or 11 to 307 micrograms per liter (international units) is considered normal.
your 10.46 is only slightly below "normal" range
ferritin is a blood test to look for stored iron levels.
other blood tests are also needed to see how your iron and red blood cell counts are looking.
hemoglobin and hematocrit blood levels check on your red blood cell counts. these red cells use iron all the time to help transport oxygen in your body
serum iron levels can be checked and also total iron binding capcity (TIBC) and percent saturation
women are more prone to having low iron stores given that they loose blood every month in their period. some women have worse period flow than others.
you can get iron in your diet through liver, beef, steak, spinach and other iron rich foods.
your body re-cycles the iron that is in your red blood cells so you don't loose the iron when red blood cells die.
so if your other blood tests for red cells and iron tests are normal. I would not worry about your ferritin level.
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