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Woman and Bleeding Disordersinsert date/chapter info/presenter’s name

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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

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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)

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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

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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.

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Women and VWD

Men and women have similar

VWD symptoms

But women face additional

bleeding problems during:

  • menstrual periods

  • pregnancy

  • childbirth

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How are bleeding disorders diagnosed?

  • Personal and family history

  • Special blood tests

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Bleeding Disorders Can Be Treated!

  • Need accurate diagnosis

  • Hemophilia treatment center

  • Medications are available

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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

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1. Talk about VWD with

friends and family

2. National Hemophilia Foundation

3. 1-800-42- HANDI


Take Action!

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For More Information

-Insert your chapter info and/or HTC info-

National Hemophilia Foundation



Or see your primary care health provider