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von Willebrand disease

Women and von Willebrand disease

Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) is the most common symptom in women with hemostatic disorders. About one in five patients with menorrhagia suffers from von Willebrand Disease.1 Women often face difficulties to assess whether their menstrual bleeding is unusually heavy compared to other women. 


Untreated von Willebrand Disease poses health risks. The disease can lead to iron deficiency anemia and the development of endometriosis or hemorrhagic ovarian cysts.2 Life-threatening bleeding complications can also occur in emergencies, during surgery or after childbirth.2




1. Shankar M et al. Von Willebrand Disease in Women with Menorrhagia: a Systematic Review. BJOG, 2004;111:734-740. 2. James AH. Von Willebrand Disease in Women: Awareness and Diagnosis. Thromb Res. 2009;124:7-10.