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-- Common Questions About Bleeding Disorders
  What's a Bleeding Disorder?
  Do I Have a Bleeding Disorder?
  What's von Willebrand Disease?
  Can Women and Girls Have Hemophilia?
  More Information on von Willebrand Disease
  I Think I Have a Bleeding Disorder


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Common Questions About Bleeding Disorders

Do I have a Bleeding Disorder?

You may have a bleeding disorder if you:

  • Have very heavy menstrual periods
  • Have frequent or prolonged nosebleeds
  • Bruise easily
  • Bleed heavily following injury, surgery, childbirth, or dental work

Women with undiagnosed and untreated bleeding disorders risk serious complications. The most common bleeding disorder in women and girls is von Willebrand disease (VWD), which is transmitted from generation to generation and is caused by a defect or deficiency of an essential blood clotting protein called von Willebrand factor.

If you think you might have a bleeding disorder, it is important to 1) learn as much as you can and 2) get a proper diagnosis and treatment from specialists. Discuss the problem with your doctor or a hematologist at a hemophilia treatment center (HTC). HTCs are specialty centers for people with bleeding disorders. You can contact NHF at or at (800) 42-HANDI for information about bleeding disorders and to find the HTC nearest you.






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