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IS THIS NORMAL? A TEST TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR PERIOD


Is this normal? Am I okay? These are the questions that so many women are asking when it comes to their menstruation. It was with this in mind, alongside research, that the Self-Administered Bleeding Assessment Tool (Self-BAT) was designed to identify individuals with abnormal bleeding at risk of having a bleeding disorder.

An abnormal or positive Self-BAT bleeding score is:

  • ≥6 in adult women
  • ≥4 in adult men

What does this mean?

  • In a Hematology clinic, approximately 30% of individuals with an abnormal score have von Willebrand disease
  • Approximately 20 – 25% have another bleeding disorder such as a platelet function disorder or clotting factor deficiency
  • About 50% of the time all of our laboratory tests are normal and research is ongoing to try to understand why the bleeding scores are abnormal in these individuals, and what the future holds in terms of the risk of future bleeding

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