Now available: The slides from the CDC's webinar Reproductive Issues in Women with Bleeding Disorders are now available in the archived webinar section of our Web site. The webinar organdy aired on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 2:00 PM EST.
This program was presented by Dr. Andra James, who is a Consulting Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University, where she also has an appointment in the Division of Hematology. Dr. James is currently president of the Foundation for Women & Girls with Blood Disorders, and also serves on the Medical Advisory Committee of the Platelet Disorders Support Association and the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of the National Blood Clot Alliance.
In this webinar, Dr. James will discuss the key issues for women of reproductive age who have bleeding disorders. Women with bleeding disorders are at risk for the same reproductive issues that affect all women. However, women with bleeding disorders are disproportionately affected by conditions that occur with bleeding and are also at risk of having a potentially affected infant. Menorrhagia, or heavy menstrual bleeding, can begin with the very first menstrual period (menarche) and is the most common symptom that women experience. During pregnancy, women with bleeding disorders may be at an increased risk of bleeding complications. At the time of childbirth, women with bleeding disorders are more likely to experience excessive bleeding after delivery, called postpartum hemorrhage, particularly delayed or secondary postpartum hemorrhage.