Young Women's Blood Disorders

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Young Women's Blood Disorders

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The only program of its kind in North Texas treating excessive menstrual bleeding and other related disorders by putting top specialists in reproductive health and blood disorders under one roof.

Excessive menstrual bleeding is fairly common, though the reasons for it vary. The problem can cause patients to miss school or work, limit their daily activities, feel embarrassed and (at times) check into the emergency department if they feel weak. We treat all causes of excessive menstrual bleeding, as well as the side effects.

Conditions We Treat

  • Von Willebrand Disease
  • Iron-Deficiency Anemia
  • Thrombophilia

Expert Care

With our team of experienced specialists, we avoid common scenarios faced by patients, including:

  • Finding Appropriate Care: Our gynecologists are board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. They specialize in treating children, teens and young adults and have years of experience.
  • Avoiding misdiagnosis: Our team includes hematologists to look for potential underlying blood disorders when patients come to our program. These pediatric specialists help ensure a more accurate diagnosis and prevent serious problems from developing later.

Effective Treatments

We offer a range of traditional and cutting-edge treatments for all causes of excessive menstrual bleeding, as well as the side effects the condition can cause. These include:

  • Contraceptives: Excessive menstrual bleeding is controllable with birth control pills, hormonal implants or intrauterine devices (IUDs), though many parents decide against the latter two options for younger children. Our team offers particular expertise for patients with a tendency to clot (thrombophilia). We know which birth control pills come with the lowest risk and are safe to give to patients with thrombophilia.
  • Antifibrinolytic therapy: We use inhibiting medications to help some patients with heavy menstrual bleeding that have high levels of enzymes (plasminogen activators) in the lining of their uterus (the endometrium).
  • Desmopressin acetate (DDAVP) and other clotting factors: DDAVP and similar drugs are important tools for helping treat Von Willebrand disease and other bleeding disorders. They are also often easily administered via nasal spray or other method.
  • Iron treatment: We treat iron-deficiency anemia related to heavy menstrual bleeding with iron pills or drops, as well as dietary changes. Severely depleted patients may get iron from an intravenous (IV) line, while those going to the emergency room often need blood transfusions.
  • Clinical trials: Our patients have access to new treatments via clinical trials. One example is a medication with lower amounts of estrogen to help patients avoid water retention and weight gain. 

Meet the Care Team