Menstrual cycles and COVID vaccine: OBGYN explains why it could be affecting your period
When ABC7 News press reporter, Kate Larsen, published the concern on social networks, it ended up being clear that a great deal of females are experiencing cycle modifications, and are questioning if it relates to the vaccine.
“I had my 1st COVID-19 vaccine in January followed by the 2nd in February, and since then I have had hemorrhagic bleeding with clots. This month of April was the heaviest.”
“I thought I was going crazy, and even went as far as making a doctor’s appt and switching out my BC because mine is so heavy now and its been a month straight”
“I received the Moderna vaccine in January and February I didn’t get my period for 3 months they did multiple blood test, pregnancy test and ultrasounds but everything came back normal. Then finally on April 4 I got my period and it’s been super heavy for the past 22 days non-stop.”
And some females are reporting other modifications: “My period has been the lightest in years for the past 2 cycles. Was beginning to wonder if I was pushed into pre-menopause. Also my PMS symptoms haven’t been as bad from what I can tell.”
For responses, ABC7 went to UCSF OBGYN, Dr. Heather Huddleston, who focuses on reproductive endocrinology and states cycle modifications are really typical.
“It is always hard for women to have something happen that they weren’t counseled about or weren’t expecting, and I understand why it can be a little disconcerting. But I would want to put the word out, that this isn’t something that even if there is a connection that I would be terribly worried about representing a long-term problem.”
Kate Larsen: “Why would the COVID vaccine or any vaccine interact with a woman’s menstrual cycle and hormones?”
Dr. Heather Huddleston: “It’s very possible that just the stress or maybe disrupted sleep or potentially some disrupted body temperatures, all of those things could have led to something in the menstrual cycle getting a little thrown off for a month.”
Dr. Huddleston states she has actually not observed more problems about cycle modifications in current weeks at her center, and wishes to assure females that the vaccine is safe.
“In terms of why women would have a heavier cycle, I think clearly we don’t know the answer to that. We also don’t even know definitively if there is a true link with menstrual cycles and the vaccine. However, we do know in addition to hormones being really important in a menstrual cycle, that there is a role for the immune system in the uterus,” stated Huddleston, who recommended, “if there are changes, perhaps due to a vaccine, maybe that would subtly affect the behavior of the immune system in the uterus.”
Dr. Huddleston does believe females’s physiology must be a bigger focus throughout medical trials. In the meantime, she states females must consult their physician about any worrying modifications in their cycles.
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