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Are providers asking about menstrual bleeding before/during anticoagulant therapy?

Key clinical point: Health care providers may fail to ask patients about heavy menstrual bleeding before or during treatment with oral anticoagulants.

Major finding: Medical charts showed no discussion of menstrual history for 60% of women before they were prescribed an oral anticoagulant and no documentation on treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding for 71% of patients 6 months after starting anticoagulant therapy.

Study details: A retrospective chart review of 236 women treated at a single center

Disclosures: The researchers disclosed no conflicts of interest.


Samuelson Bannow BT et al. ASH 2019, Abstract 60.