Office on Women's Health

Bleeding Disorders

What are bleeding disorders?
Bleeding disorders are a variety of medical problems, including hemophilia and von Willebrand disease (VWD), that lead to poor blood clotting and to bleeding for long periods of time. These conditions often run in families, but also can develop during some illnesses or treatments.

Why are bleeding disorders an issue for women?
Bleeding disorders affect up to 2.5 million American women and can cause problems in reproduction, among other areas of health.

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding, menorrhagia, is one of the more common symptoms of bleeding disorders in women.
  • Bleeding disorders may be responsible for 50% of the cases of menorrhagia where a cause cannot be determined.
  • 500,000 - 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually and many may be unnecessary.
    • About 20% of hysterectomies are performed to treat excessive bleeding.
Most women are not screened for bleeding disorders and go undiagnosed because of a lack of awareness among health professionals and community members.

What is the OWH doing about bleeding disorders in women?
The OWH facilitated a fourteen member task force created by Executive Order No. 51 (2003), The Governor’s Task Force on Women and Bleeding Disorders assessed the issue to determine:

  • the number of bleeding disorders in New Jersey women,
  • diagnostic issues among health care professionals,
  • treatment options.

The task force submitted a report to the Governor with recommendations addressing screening, diagnostic, and treatment measures in addition to community education and outreach efforts.  The report is available below.

Report and Recommendations: The New Jersey Governor’s Task Force on Women with Bleeding Disorder

Task Force Members A. Bachmann, M.D. Kelly Bostick LaBolle Barbara Buono Merchant Chansky L. Nearon, M.P.A J. Cohen, M.D. Phillipp, M.D. DeSimone Saidi, M.D., Chair Frenkel, M.A.


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