HoG Handbook

Symptoms of von Willebrand Disease


Not everyone with VWD has the same symptoms, but some are common among most types. The most common are:

  • Nosebleeds (the medical name for this is epistaxis)
  • Easy bruising
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Menstrual periods with heavier than normal bleeding (passing clots larger than a grape, having to change a pad or tampon more than hourly) or that last longer than seven days

  • Abnormal bleeding after surgery, having a tooth pulled, being injured, or childbirth.

Less common symptoms include:

  • Bleeding from the stomach and intestines
  • Bleeding into the joints (this is more common in people with Type 2N, Type 3, and severe Type 1 VWD).

Note: People within the same family may experience different symptoms.  People may find that their symptoms change as they grow older.