A new study details impact, and it's very reassuring
As a retired nurse I no longer have access to my university's research library. In 2021 and early 2022 I was called back from retirement to administer vaccines which I eagerly accepted. Anecdotely I would say a good two-thirds of adolescent females asked me about menstruation effects, as it was going around their social circles that the vaxx caused heavy periods. So at their second dose I followed-up with questions and (again, anecdotally), I'd be told that yes, perhaps, they had experienced a heavier and/or longer period. At the time there was no data so thank-you for this summary Dr Jenn, I've been waiting for it. I took these girls seriously but sure wish I could have reassured them at the time.
Thank you, Dr. Gunter! This was an excellent read.
Did you see this? I can't believe the ignorance in posters to MedPage! Note my comment and the 'disses' it got...
My period cycle lasted longer 1-2 times after I got the Covid vaccine and/or booster. I don’t recall it being heavy. However, I did get Covid and had a super heavy bleed when I was fighting the viral infection. Wondering if that’s been studied?
I noted this. I normally have light periods that last about 3-4 days with mild cramping on the first day. After getting my vaccine, it delayed my period by a week and then my period lasted closer to a week, with a heavier amount of uterine tissue coming out and cramping on the first 3 days, then it turned into a normal for me period after that.
Which is *highly* unusual for me, my periods are like clockwork and identical ever since I hit my 30s (Im in my early 40s now and based on family history will continue having clockwork periods until my mid 50s at least)
I wished they would have said something, or it had been on the sheet provided. I was alarmed I was having a miscarriage or something odd was happening and my obgyn didnt do much to reassure me beyond "sometimes flows are different". Yes, but I know whats normal for my own body and this was decidedly not in any way shape or form in the range of what my period is ever like.
Thank you, Dr. Gunter.
Since there is something to wonder about (re: vaccine affecting menses) during the menopause transition, perhaps there is also something to consider in young teens in their early menstrual years. Of course both time frames are prone to irregularities, making for a difficult study.