Young Women with Bleeding Disorders Clinic
Our Young Women with Bleeding Disorders Clinic is a combined hematology-gynecology clinic that addresses concerns about heavy menstrual bleeding and other bleeding disorders such as von Willebrand disease or low von Willebrand factor.
Symptoms We Treat
Abnormal menstrual bleeding:
- Periods that last longer than seven days
- Irregular periods
- Needing to change a pad or tampon more often than every one to two hours
- Passing clots that are larger than a quarter
- Periods that cause iron deficiency anemia, or a need for a blood transfusion
- Periods that cause missed days of school or work due to bleeding
Other bleeding symptoms:
- Easy bruising
- Excessive bleeding after surgery or dental work
- Nose bleeds
What to Expect
Our goal is to provide adolescent girls and young women with the treatment and support they need to manage their condition and enjoy their lives. Each clinic visit includes seeing a hematologist and a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist, whose combined expertise can lead to more effective treatment. Patients also may meet with a nurse care manager and social worker.
The first appointment includes a physician exam and blood tests (but usually not a pelvic exam). The care team will provide a personalized treatment plan and make adjustment to it as needed.
Treatment for girls and women with abnormal menstrual bleeding typically involves prescribing hormonal medications (such as pills, patches or implants), using oral non-hormonal medications, or placing intrauterine devices to decrease the amount of bleeding.