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How could I know if I had a bleeding disorder?

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Dr. Lisa Lepine
Gynecology
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In brief: Excessive bleeding

Often bleeding disorders are not recognized in women until they experience childbirth.
Women may have a postpartum hemorrhage, prompting a work-up. Teenagers with heavy periods who become anemic also merit a work-up. In general, a bleeding disorder should be considered in anyone with excessive bleeding, such as bleeding that does not stop promptly after a minor laceration.

In brief: Excessive bleeding

Often bleeding disorders are not recognized in women until they experience childbirth.
Women may have a postpartum hemorrhage, prompting a work-up. Teenagers with heavy periods who become anemic also merit a work-up. In general, a bleeding disorder should be considered in anyone with excessive bleeding, such as bleeding that does not stop promptly after a minor laceration.
Dr. Lisa Lepine
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Often you don't

One person in 100 has mild von willebrand's and never finds out.
Heavy bleeding after tooth extractions or minor surgery (circumcision, etc) is a common warning; or obviously inappropriately severe bruising. Women may have heavy periods . This is tricky and diagnosing is only as important as symptoms are severe. Good luck.

In brief: Often you don't

One person in 100 has mild von willebrand's and never finds out.
Heavy bleeding after tooth extractions or minor surgery (circumcision, etc) is a common warning; or obviously inappropriately severe bruising. Women may have heavy periods . This is tricky and diagnosing is only as important as symptoms are severe. Good luck.
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