March is Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month and in the United States alone, 3 million people are affected by a bleeding disorder, according the National Hemophilia Foundation. Hemophilia is often diagnosed early in a patient’s life but not always when cases are milder. And other bleeding disorders, such as von Willebrand disease, can remain undiagnosed for years.
It’s important to diagnose and treat bleeding disorders because it means a person’s blood clotting process doesn’t work properly. Uncontrolled bleeding is a risk as is long-term damage to muscles and joints. Below, you can learn five signs of a possible bleeding disorder.