FAQs - Women

Last reviewed: June 2016

Q1: Don’t bleeding disorders just affect males?
A: No. Bleeding disorders can affect females as well as males.

Q2: Which bleeding disorder most commonly affects women?
A: Von Willebrand disorder (VWD) is the most common bleeding disorder. It affects males and females equally, though women tend to have the added issue of menstruation. For more information click here.

Q3: Can females have haemophilia?
A: Many girls or women who carry the altered gene causing haemophilia do not have symptoms of a bleeding disorder. But some do have a bleeding tendency. They used to be described as “symptomatic carriers”. If their factor levels fall in the range for mild haemophilia (5-40% of normal clotting factor), they are now recognised as having mild haemophilia. In some very rare cases girls and women have particularly low factor levels causing them to have moderate or severe haemophilia. Some women with factor levels between 40% and 60% of normal also experience abnormal bleeding. For more information click here.

Important Note: This information was developed by Haemophilia Foundation Australia for education and information purposes only and does not replace advice from a treating health professional. Always see your health care provider for assessment and advice about your individual health before taking action or relying on published information.

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Last Updated: 28th Jun 16