Did you know that men and women have an equal chance of acquiring von Willebrand disease? However, women are most likely to experience complications as a result of heavy bleeding during menstrual periods and excessive bleeding after childbirth. Bleeding disorder awareness month is simply to educate others of the various bleeding disorders and to be aware of the symptoms.
What is a Bleeding Disorder?
Bleeding disorders can be inherited or acquired. Bleeding disorders are a group of medical conditions that result when the blood cannot clot properly. Bleeding disorders can cause abnormal bleeding inside and out of the body.
Types of Bleeding Disorders
• Hemophilia (A & B) – occurs when there are low levels of clotting factors in your blood. Hemophilia A also known as factor VIII is caused by the missing of a clotting protein or defective factor VIII. Hemophilia B also known as factor IX is caused by a defective factor IX or missing clotting protein.
• Von Willebrand’s disease (VWD) – occurs when there is a missing or defective von Willebrand factor (VWF), which is a clotting protein. 3 main types of VWD, such as type 1, type 2, and type 3 which are all based on qualitative or quantitative defects in VWF.
Symptoms of Bleeding Disorders
• Unexplained and easy bruising
• Bleeding gums
• Bleeding joints
• Unexplained nosebleeds
• Bleeding into joints
• Heavy menstrual bleeding
• Using a CBC (complete blood count)
• Measuring the individual’s bleeding time
• A platelet aggregation test
• Medical History
Unfortunately, there is no cure for bleeding disorders however, with the help of supplements, blood transfusion and other treatments are able to receive the help that they need along with relief of any pain they may be experiencing.
• Iron Supplements – your physician may prescribe your iron supplements to build the amount of iron in your body due to your bleeding disorder
• Blood Transfusion – replacement of any lost blood taken from a donor
• Factor replacement therapy – this therapy included the injecting of clotting factor concentrates into your bloodstream
Did you know that approximately 75% of people with Hemophilia around the world still receive inadequate treatment or no access to treatment? Bringing awareness will help to save those who have not received any treatment, and prevent them from permanent damage.