Bleeding disorders affect both men and women. The most common bleeding disorder for women is von Willebrand disease (vWD). Hemophilia A and B (and carriers of), platelet dysfunction and rare factor deficiencies are also bleeding disorders that affect women. The majority of women who have bleeding disorders are not yet diagnosed. Symptoms include easy bruising, nosebleeds, prolonged bleeding after surgeries, heavy periods and excessive bleeding after childbirth.
If left untreated, bleeding disorders raise your risk for iron deficiency anemia , excessive bleeding after childbirth, Family Planning and sometimes unnecessary hysterectomies (surgical removal of the uterus). Treatment is available.
If you suspect that you might have a bleeding disorder we recommend taking a Bleeding Assessment Quiz. If you suspect that you have a bleeding disorder and wish to be diagnosed read Pipeline to Care and that will help guide you through the system to get referral to Manitoba Bleeding Disorders Program.
If you have more questions about women with bleeding disorders or how to access Manitoba Bleeding Disorders Program contact us at CHS-MC.
This document is based on a summary of the workshop entitled “Gynaecological and Obstetrical Management of Women with von Willebrand Disease” as presented at the First Canadian State-of-the-Art Conference on von Willebrand Disease, held in Montreal on May 8 and 9, 2003, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Hemophilia Society.