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Researchers investigate if COVID-19 vaccines affect women’s periods

*Can COVID-19 vaccines affect your period? It’s not known yet, but researchers are starting to study the issue, says report

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Vaccines are designed to activate your immune system, and some experts have wondered if that could temporarily disrupt menstrual cycles.

ConsumerConnect learnt though there is currently a lack of data tracking changes to menstrual cycles after vaccines in general, reports of irregular bleeding have been anecdotal thus far.

Menstruation is a woman’s monthly bleeding, often called your “period.” When you menstruate, your body discards the monthly buildup of the lining of your uterus (womb).

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And it’s hard to draw any links to the Coronavirus vaccines since changes could be the result of other factors including stress, diet and exercise habits, according to AP report.

At present, there’s also a lack of data tracking changes to menstrual cycles after vaccines in general.

However, if scientists do eventually find a link between the vaccine and short-term changes in bleeding, experts say that would be no reason to avoid getting vaccinated.

Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a gynecologist and Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, in the United States, said: “The benefits of taking the vaccine certainly way outweigh putting up with one heavy period, if indeed they’re related.”

Experts reportedly launched a survey to begin gathering data of recent.

The findings won’t determine whether there’s 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, who is based at Washington University in St. Louis.

But, Dr. Jen Gunter, an obstetrician and gynecologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, said a link is possible, since the uterine lining, which is shed during menstruation, contains immune cells that help protect the uterus.

According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, there’s no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, affect fertility.

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