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Tunis Med. 2012 Dec;90(12):856-61.

[Quality of life during menstruation in women with an inherited bleeding disorder: report of 31 cases].

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Service de Gynécologie Obstétrique et de Médecine de la Reproduction, Tunis, Tunisia.



Menstruations, by their abundance and their duration, can be a source of impaired quality of life. Women with inherited bleeding disorders appear to be, specially at risk.


Assess the impact of menstrual blood loss on the quality of life for women with inherited bleeding disorders.


31 women with various inherited bleeding disorders were interviewed. They completed a quality of life questionnaire.


Von Willebrand disease was the most frequent inherited bleeding disorder in our population (38.7%). 54.8% of patients had a menstrual period more than 6 days 61.3% of them consider their menstrual flow to be normal. The general condition apart of the menstrual period was considered medium to poor in 35.5% of patients. The average score assessing the impact of menstruation on daily life was of 5.00 ± 3.47. Only 19.35% of patients felt that dysmenorrhea significantly affect their quality of life. Impaired quality of life was seen in 64.5% of patients according to score Aand in 41.9% of them according to score B. During menstruation 22.6% of the patients didn't do to work or to school because of the menstrual flow. On the other hand, 48.4% of patients were hospitalized at least once for a heavy menstrual flow.


The quality of life during menstruation, in women with an inherited bleeding disorder, according to the different scores appear altered. Although because of the small size of our study population, we could not prove correlation between the importance of menstrual blood loss and the impairment of quality of life.

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