Let's Talk Period

This essay was featured in the BloodStream Pod.

   Queens University researcher, Dr. Paula James, has developed a self-administered bleeding assessment tool (self-BAT) to aid women in determining whether they may have a bleeding disorder. Bleeding disorders in women frequently go undiagnosed as individuals are often unfamiliar with the symptoms and/or mistake them for normal. The website LetsTalkPeriod.ca which houses self-BAT, “aims to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of bleeding disorders.” Through increased understanding of what constitutes abnormal bleeding, women who suffer from bleeding disorders can better access treatment to limit unnecessary health complications.