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do you or someone you know have
Do you or someone you know have…
  • Heavy menstrual periods
    • Bleeding for more than 7 days, from the time it began until it stopped
    • Flooding or gushing of blood, limiting daily activities such as housework, exercise or social activities
    • Passing clots that are bigger than a quarter
    • Changing tampon and/or pad every 2 hours or less on heaviest day
do you or someone you know have3
Do you or someone you know have…
  • “Low in iron” or has been treated for anemia
  • Has bleeding symptoms and someone in her family has a bleeding disorder – vWD, or a clotting factor deficiency, such as hemophilia
  • Has past experience with heavy bleeding from dental surgery, other surgery, or childbirth and/or has other additional bleeding symptoms such as:
    • Frequent prolonged nose bleeds (longer than 10 minutes) or
    • Prolonged bleeding from cuts (longer than 5 minutes) or
    • Easy bruising (weekly, raised and larger than a quarter)

(MASAC sub-committee recommendations, June, 2010)

what is von willebrand disease
What is von Willebrand Disease?
  • VWD is an inherited disorder
  • Caused by a problem with a protein

needed for blood to clot

  • Causes prolonged bleeding
  • Many bleeding disorders affect women —

VWD is the most common

who has vwd
Who has VWD?
  • Males and females
  • People of all backgrounds
  • 1% of the population has VWD —that is more than 3 million people in the U.S.
women and vwd
Women and VWD

Men and women have similar

VWD symptoms

But women face additional

bleeding problems during:

  • menstrual periods
  • pregnancy
  • childbirth
how are bleeding disorders diagnosed
How are bleeding disorders diagnosed?
  • Personal and family history
  • Special blood tests
bleeding disorders can be treated
Bleeding Disorders Can Be Treated!
  • Need accurate diagnosis
  • Hemophilia treatment center
  • Medications are available
remember four warning signs of vwd
Remember! Four Warning Signs of VWD
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • “Low iron” or treated for anemia
  • Bleeding symptoms + family history
  • Prolonged bleeding after injury, surgery,

childbirth, or dental work

1. Talk about VWD with

friends and family

2. National Hemophilia Foundation

3. 1-800-42- HANDI


Take Action!

for more information
For More Information

-Insert your chapter info and/or HTC info-

National Hemophilia Foundation



Or see your primary care health provider