Can COVID-19 vaccines affect my period?
It’s not known, but researchers are starting to investigate the issue.
Vaccines are designed to activate your immune system, and some experts wonder if this might temporarily disrupt menstrual cycles.
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So far, reports of irregular bleeding have been anecdotal. And it’s hard to make connections with vaccines, as the changes could be the result of other factors, including stress, diet, and exercise habits. There is also a lack of data on tracking changes in menstrual cycles after vaccines in general.
If scientists ultimately find a link between the vaccine and the short-term changes in bleeding, experts say that wouldn’t be a reason to avoid getting the vaccine. “The benefits of taking the vaccine certainly outweigh enduring a heavy period, if in fact they’re related,” said Dr Mary Jane Minkin, gynecologist and professor at Yale University School of Medicine. .
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Researchers recently launched a survey to start collecting data. The results will not determine if there is a relationship between COVID-19 vaccines and menstrual changes, but could help form the basis for further research, said Katharine Lee, one of the researchers, based at the University of Washington in St. Louis.
Dr Jen Gunter, an obstetrician and gynecologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, said a link is possible because the womb lining, which sheds during menstruation, contains immune cells that help protect the uterus. .
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There is no evidence that vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, affect fertility, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.