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COVID: Study reveals that vaccines can alter menstrual cycles


Researchers found a clinically significant change in the cycles of the newly vaccinated women.

Photo: Alina Blumberg / Pexels

Shortly after the launch of the vaccines against covid-19, stories began to emerge of women experiencing changes in their menstrual cycles after receiving the immunization.

For a long time, this did not attract much attention in the media, and many medical experts continued to assure the public that coronavirus vaccines did not cause these side effects. Such stories remained confined to conversations, internet forums and social media.

Some women began to show that after two doses of the vaccine, their menstrual cycles began to be different, such as heavy bleeding and more pain than usual.

Vaccines can affect menstruation

Now a first-of-its-kind, female-led, peer-reviewed study, confirms the experiences of some women: coronavirus vaccines can affect periods menstrual.

Using a dataset of nearly 4,000 women, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, and using a menstrual cycle tracking app, the researchers found a clinically significant change in the cycles of the newly vaccinated women, with an average duration of almost a day more.

Cycles usually returned to normal within a month or two. However, some women wondered why this possible side effect was not reported before receiving the vaccine.

Cycles usually return to normal within a month or two. (Photo: Karolina Grabowska/Pexels)

Menstrual information is not tracked in clinical studies of coronavirus vaccines. Not to mention, menstrual side effects aren’t tracked in Vaers, the US-based database that allows vaccinates to enter possible side effects themselves.

Talking about menstruation is taboo

Menstruation is one of the basic reference points in the health of women of reproductive age. However, “talking about menstruation is still a taboo,” he considers DW senior editor Sonya Diehn.

“Time and time again, reports of altered menstrual cycles after receiving vaccines have been downplayed or not listened to. Especially the well-intentioned advocates of vaccination, who try to counter unfounded claims that vaccines could harm fertility, “he wrote for the portal.

Even after the menstruation study was published, “I read headlines that downplayed its conclusions,” she added. Of course, some women have experienced no change in their menstrual cycles, or any that they have noticed. But the lack of information could have a strong psychological effect on women who do experience significant changes without knowing why.

Criticisms of vaccines are dismissed as irrational or the delusions of “conspiracy theorists.” However, “it should be possible to discuss any legitimate topic without shame or punishment,” Sonya wrote.

As a result of medical experts not listening to valid concerns, some women may have lost faith in vaccination.

“We have to eliminate the taboos when it comes to talking about the menstrual period. We need to make female reproductive health more central to education and health care. Society and science need to listen to women”, she concluded.

With information from DW / Sonya Diehn.


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