The Covid-19 pandemic that took the world by storm last year persists. Where on one hand there are places that have successfully stabilized their Covid cases count, on the other hand, there are new cases coming up in places where there were no cases. And the only weapon we have against the Covid-19 virus are mitigating vaccines. Now as most things in our male dominated world, even these vaccines have mostly been designed and tested keeping the male specimen of our species in mind. So while we know that the vaccine has no side-effects, and that it is safe to be taken on your period as well, not much research has been done to figure out how or if vaccination could cause changes in the menstrual cycle of persons who menstruate. Until now.
According to the latest reports from a British study, there is a possible link between the Covid vaccine and a disrupted menstrual cycle in persons who menstruate.
Recently, a new study found that over 30,000 Covid vaccinated women have complained about period problems that include changes in their menstrual cycle. Those women were expecting to just get a mild, brief fever, fatigue, nausea, etc. after taking the Covid vaccine eventually complained about disrupted menstrual cycles.
From increased cramps, bleeding to delayed menstrual cycle, more than 30,000 women have complained that the Covid vaccine has somehow managed to affect their menstrual cycle. In fact, Dr. Victoria Male from Imperial College, London, who authored this study, said that the effect may be due to the response of the immune system to the vaccine rather than something being in the vaccine.
In her editorial that stated about a possible link between the Covid vaccine and disrupted menstrual cycle, Dr. Male wrote, “Menstrual changes have been reported after both mRNA and adenovirus vectored Covid-19 vaccines, suggesting that if there is a connection, it is likely to be a result of the immune response to vaccination rather than a specific vaccine component.”
The reports filed by these women who experienced a disruptive menstrual cycle due to the Covid vaccine were made to the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)’s surveillance scheme. The surveillance scheme was brought into action so that adverse side effects could be reported.
As per Hindustan Times, the experts working on the study observed that for most women their menstrual cycle returns back to normal the following cycle. Moreover, they even affirmed that there has been no evidence that shows that the Covid vaccine has any adverse effects on fertility. So ladies, there is no need to worry, or believe in any false rumours. The study merely establishes that there are changes to the menstrual cycle for sometime, but there don’t seem to be any longterm changes so far.
Dr. Male also advised that if the possible link between the Covid vaccine and menstrual cycle is confirmed, then all those planning to get vaccinated should be prepared for potentially altered menstrual cycles. She has even requested doctors to encourage their patients to report any cases of menstrual changes and or vaginal bleeding after vaccination.
Having said all this, the MHRA has issued a statement that has denied all claims regarding a possible link between the Covid vaccine and disruptive menstrual cycle. But the studies conducted, show otherwise and claim that there is indeed a possibility of a link between the two.
Though there is still a lot more research to be done regarding the link between the two, there is no denying that all those who are not vaccinated ought to get vaccinated at the earliest. And if you face disruptive menstrual cycles and or other period changes after getting the Covid vaccine, you can always keep your doctor in the loop.