Von Willebrand Disease (VWD)

Von Willebrand Disease (vWD) is the most common inherited bleeding disorder, found in 1 of every 1000 people, affecting up to 1% of the world’s population. It affects men and women and causes easy bruising, nosebleeds and prolonged bleeding after surgeries. For women it causes heavy periods and excessive bleeding after childbirth and that is why it is more often diagnosed in women. There are 3 types of vWD. Type 1, 2 and 3 with different severity.

Treatments are available. Please read Pipeline to Care to get access to Manitoba Bleeding disorder program.

Below you will find trusted sources of information about von Willebrand disease. 

Canadian Hemophilia Society

Women and Bleeding Disorders

Inherited bleeding disorders affecting women

What is von Willebrand Disease?


All About von Willebrand Disease 3rd Edition 

A comprehensive guide for people with von Willebrand’s disease and their families. Developed and published by the Canadian Hemophilia Society. 

Download the PDF, ore contact the Chapter at info@hemophiliamb.ca for a copy.

Let’s Talk Period

Dr. Paula James talks about von Willebrand disease and the bleeding self-assessment test (BAT). 

Please visit Let’s Talk Period