Akron Children's Young Women’s Bleeding Disorder Clinic offers diagnosis and treatment for excessive menstrual bleeding. The team includes specialists in adolescent medicine and hematology, who work together to determine if the excessive bleeding is caused by regular, heavy periods or a bleeding or platelet disorder. Read More...
Excessive menstrual bleeding, or menorrhagia, can be a source of inconvenience and embarrassment in adolescent girls that can lead to missed school days or activities.
More seriously, it may be a sign of an undiagnosed bleeding disorder and can cause weakness requiring hospitalization or transfusion.
Von Willebrand disease is the most common cause of excessive bleeding. This genetic disease, which occurs in 1 to 2 percent of the population, affects the blood's ability to clot properly. Von Willebrand disease can range in severity and is often diagnosed following a girl’s first menstrual period.
Treatment options for von Willebrand include a nasal spray and sometimes birth control pills to help regulate menstrual periods and improve the young woman's quality of life.
Schedule an appointment if you experience the following symptoms:
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