Should You Be Worried About Heavy Periods?

If you’re a woman experiencing a multitude of heavy bleeding days, you should do two things as soon as you can:

  1. Check out this website
  2. Talk to your doctor

According to Dr. Paula James, hematologist at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, because women’s lives “inherently involve bleeding” (menstruation and child birth, duh) they can be more greatly affected by bleeding disorders like hemophilia or Von Willebrand’s Disease, but are also less concerned when they first show signs of one.

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That can make diagnosing hemophilia or Von Willebrand difficult… and could potentially lead to serious complications.

The website linked above – Dr. James’ self-assessment tool for women who think they may bleed more than their counterparts – is a valuable resource to get a process of diagnosis started.

It does not, however, take the part of speaking to your physician. If you have concerns about hemophilia or Von Willebrand’s Disease, even if the self-assessment says you’re fine you should follow up with a licensed provider who knows you and your medical history.

Ladies (and anyone else who experiences a period), what do you think about this advice? Discuss below!

James Ernest Cassady

James Ernest Cassady

Though "Ernest" is a family name that's been passed down for generations, James truly earned his middle moniker when, at the age of five, he told his mother that "laughing is stupid unless EVERYBODY is happy." Since then, the serious little bastard has been on a mission to highlight the world's shortcomings (and hopefully correct them). In addition to his volunteer work at hospitals and animal shelters, James also enjoys documentaries and the work of William Faulkner. He is originally from Oklahoma.

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