1 in 3 young women with heavy periods have underlying bleeding disorder
A low threshold is warranted for investigating teenagers with heavy periods, gynaecologists say.
More than one-third of girls and teens screened by Queensland’s adolescent gynaecology service were found to have a bleeding disorder, according to an analysis of data on 77 patients seen over a 10-year period.
Of those girls with an underlying bleeding disorder, 14 had von Willebrand disease, nine had inherited platelet function disorders, three had thrombocytopenia and one was found to have factor IX deficiency.
Nearly half were anaemic.