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Can COVID-19 Affect Your Menstrual Cycle?

Have you heard that COVID-19 might affect your menstrual cycle?

No, I’m not talking about COVID-19 vaccines.

I’m talking about COVID-19.

More specifically, the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Can COVID-19 Affect Your Menstrual Cycle?

Wait, how would the COVID-19 lockdowns affect your menstrual cycle?

“Seven-hundred and forty-nine participant responses were included for final analysis, over half of which cited a change in their menstrual cycle. Over one third of participants experienced a change in bleeding patterns (35.6%). Secondly, the study aimed to identify the main contributing factors to such changes in the menstrual cycle. The greatest contributing factor to reported changes was stress.”

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Many people suspect that stress is the cause.

“A majority of menstruating women have experienced changes to their cycle over the last year, surveys suggest. One of the main culprits? Persistent stress”

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What kind of stress?

“Specific stressors reported included work stress (499/48%), difficulty accessing healthcare (254/25%), change in financial (201/19%) situation, difficulties with home schooling (191/19%) or childcare (99/10%), family or partner conflict (170/16%), family illness or bereavement (156/15%).”

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Unfortunately, the pandemic has given many of us plenty…

Can COVID-19 Vaccines Affect Your Menstrual Cycle?

And now, in addition to the all of the ways that the pandemic has caused menstrual irregularities, there are some who believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine has affected their period.

In fact, some who are unvaccinated believe that they began having problems with their period after simply being around someone else who was recently vaccinated!

Anti-vaccine folks are pushing the idea that shedding is causing unvaccinated people to have menstrual irregularities.
Anti-vaccine folks are pushing the idea that shedding is causing unvaccinated people to have menstrual irregularities.

While that idea that those who are recently vaccinated are shedding spike proteins and causing others to develop problems with their periods is ridiculous, whether or not someone who was recently vaccinated could themselves have menstrual irregularities is an open question.

“We have not heard of disruption of menstruation cycles following receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine, nor would there be a biological theory to explain why this would happen.”

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What is not in question is that anti-vaccine folks are taking advantage of the issue to try and scare others away from getting vaccinated and protected.

“So far, there have been only anecdotal reports of menstruation changes following the COVID-19 vaccines, and experts emphasize there is no sign of danger in getting the vaccine, nor is this a reason to skip getting vaccinated.”

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And no safety signals regarding menstrual changes have been reported by the CDC or European Medical Agency (EMA).

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