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Treatments for Bleeding Disorders


Updated December 14, 2003

Traditional Treatments

  • disorders that cause minor bleeding may not need treatment

  • birth control pills for heavy bleeding in women with von Willebrand Disease

  • nasal sprays such as desmopressin acetate (DDAVP) for heavy menstrual bleeding and nosebleeds

  • injection of DDAVP into the vein before surgery, or for severe bleeding

  • drugs called clotting agents help blood clot and help control bleeding

  • endometrial ablation which causes sterility (inability to become pregnant), but it does not trigger menopause

  • hysterectomy or removal of the uterus in severe cases; however it should be noted that women who have bleeding disorders increase the risk of bleeding from the surgery itself

If you have a bleeding disorder, you should see a specialist called a hematologist who has special training in bleeding disorders and can help you find the best treatment option for your condition.

Alternative Treatments

  • natural progesterone (not synthetic progestins such as Provera) sometimes helps to regulate menstrual bleeding and helps to lessen the amount of blood lost during menstruation

What are the symptoms of Bleeding Disorders?

Visit our Health Symptoms Guide Index for more information about Bleeding Disorders and other women's health conditions.

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Remember it is always your choice to seek a second opinion if you are uncomfortable or have any unanswered questions about the treatment recommended by your health care provider.

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