In the UK, 30.000 women have reported a change in their periods after getting vaccinated. However, researchers are still not sure if there's a link between changes in the menstrual cycle and COVID-19 vaccination.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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In an interview with NDTV, Dr. Victoria Male, a reproductive specialist at Imperial College London, highlights two reasons it's important to know what changes can have in menstruation post-COVID vaccine. According to the expert, firstly, in the UK, they see many people hesitant to get the vaccine because they've heard the rumor that it will impact their fertility.
Research has been done into that matter, and investigations have clear evidence that the vaccine doesn't prevent people from getting pregnant. However, sweeping the claims that menstrual cycles are changing under the carpet won't help reassure people. It would instead make them feel less reassured, so it's essential to take these reports seriously.
The other reason is that knowing about it will help people plan better if there is a link. For example, Dr. Male has been in touch with patients whose period was quite late after they got the vaccine, being this one of the most common things women notice. "They were very worried that they were pregnant," reveals the doctor.
According to the reproductive specialist, if researchers knew a percentage of how many people can have a late period after the vaccine, doctors could tell women that it was nothing to worry about if their period came a little bit late. This is another reason that it's important to do this research and find out this for sure.
Dr. Male suggests that it would be good if, in the clinical trials, vaccine companies specifically asked people whether they'd noticed any effect on their periods. In the UK, some women in the trials did note it while many others didn't. She hopes that in the future, they will include this item in the clinical trials. Meanwhile, the research is being done by universities.
"By taking those approaches, we'll be able to work out if there's really a link here and, if there is, how common it is to notice a change to your periods," claims Dr. Male.
For Dr. Anita Kant, a specialist in Gynecology & Obstetrics at the Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, this topic is a concern because women need to know when their periods are coming. That gives them the freedom of holding their day-to-day activities and also lots of stress is avoided.
Dr. Kant suspects that irregular periods could be related to the stress of getting the vaccine because people are so scared that whatever happens to them, they are trying to link it to the vaccine.
There's been a trial in the USA, UK, and India regarding this issue. They compared women who got the COVID vaccine to those who did not get it. The pregnancy outcomes were the same as far as the baby's premature delivery or any other complication was concerned. According to Dr. Kant, the vaccine is safe for pregnant and lactating women since they can get it.
There's so much misinformation that there's a necessity to make an effort to dispel it. Although some women have noticed changes in their menstrual cycle after getting vaccinated, doctors assure that there's not enough research proving that this issue is related to COVID-19 vaccination.