Women and Bleeding Disorders

The most common bleeding disorder in women is von Willebrand (VWD). Although there are several types of VWD, people with the most common type produce less than normal amounts of VWD factor. In other (less common) forms, either no factor is made or the factor is made but does not work properly. Here are some signs and symptoms women with a bleeding disorders may experience?

  • Heavy bleeding during monthly periods (menorrhagia)
  • Unusual bleeding after an injury or surgery
  • Bleeding from small cuts that starts and stops over several hours
  • Frequent prolonged nosebleeds
  • Unusual bleeding from the mouth or gums or after a tooth extraction

Conditions causing minor bleeding may require no treatment. However, preventing or treating more severe bleeding problems, such as heavy periods or excessive bleeding during dental or surgical procedures, requires the use of medications. Healthcare providers, who are experts in treating bleeding disorders,, can help find the best treatment and management options for you.

Where can I find additional information?

National Hemophilia Foundation Victory for Women Program

Womenshealth.gov

CDC

Note: Content adapted from Bleeding Disorders in Women, CDC