Bleeding And Clotting Disorder Awareness Is Important.

Because bleeding and clotting disorders can be related to a woman's reproductive system and even sometimes cause reproductive problems, so...
Because bleeding and clotting disorders can be related to a woman's reproductive system and even sometimes cause reproductive problems, so the CDC and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) are trying to educate women about these disorders and expand the reach of doctors who treat blood and clotting disorders. Bleeding and clotting disorders can pose problems such as heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), bleeding and clotting complications of pregnancy and recurrent fetal loss. If you have a disorder related to bleeding or clotting, it could very well affect your ability to have a healthy pregnancy and birth. With this in mind, it's smart to be aware of the signs of a bleeding or clotting disorder. The CDC notes that signs include the following:
  • Unusually hard-to-control bleeding after minor injury, childbirth, or surgery.
  • Excessive bleeding from the gums after flossing, brushing, or having a tooth removed.
  • Frequent or long nosebleeds.
  • Easy bruising.
The most common bleeding disorder, according to the CDC is von Willebrand disease (VWD), which results from a deficiency or defect in the body's ability to make a protein that helps blood clot. Women are more likely to notice the symptoms because of heavy or abnormal bleeding during their menstrual periods and after childbirth. Additionally, ACOG has some new recommendations to screen women with heavy periods for VWD. If you have the following symptoms, you should be tested for VWD:
  • Adolescent or adult women with severe heavy bleeding during their period - bleeding that cannot be explained by something else.
  • Women who are about to have hysterectomies for excessive menstrual bleeding.
If your doctor hasn't tested you, and you do fall into one of the above categories, it'd be smart to ask to be tested. Although these bleeding disorders have no cure at present there are treatments available that can help control symptoms once a disorder is identified. Treatment can increase your chances for both good health in general and a healthy pregnancy. If you think you may have a disorder, visit the National Hemophilia Foundation for more information or speak with your doctor.

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