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Preparing for menarche - treatment and management of heavy periods in women with bleeding disorders

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posted on 04.08.2020 by Michelle Lavin, Rezan A Kadir, Sylvia Von Mckensen, Debra Pollard, Anna Tollwé
Prolonged menstrual bleeding interferes with daily life and causes marked blood loss, resulting in anaemia and fatigue. Treatment centres should address the issue of heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) with pre-pubertal girls in advance of their first period, in order to best prepare them. It is common for a bleeding disorder to be overlooked in primary care and in gynaecology clinics, and women sometimes struggle to get a correct diagnosis. There are cultural taboos that inhibit open discussion of menstruation, and women tend to minimise the severity of their symptoms. Health professionals should work to destigmatise the issue and seek an accurate account of bleeding severity, with diagnosis and treatment provided in a joint clinic combining gynaecology and haematology expertise. Treatment should be individualised, taking into account personal, social and medical factors, with the aim of improving quality of life. Great care is needed with regard to choice of language when talking about treatment, and treatment centres should consider offering open access to women who need support in dealing with adverse effects. National member organisations have an important role to play in educating people with bleeding disorders, health professionals and the wider public about the burden of HMB associated with bleeding disorders.

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Lavin M, Kadir RA, Von Mackensen S, Pollard D, Tollwé A. Preparing for menarche: treatment and management of heavy periods in women with bleeding disorders. The Journal of Haemophilia Practice. 2019;6(2):24-27

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13/12/2019

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  • School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

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