Now experts are debunking the myths and rumours that doing round the social media or messaging Apps. Now experts including medical practitioners are trying to ease concerns that Covid 19 vaccines are affecting menstrual cycles and fertility after some people shared their experiences of heavier, painful or delayed periods after taking the jab.
Let’s see what experts have to say about these rumours:-
Experts Alice Lu-Culligan and Dr Randi Hutter Epstein at Yale School of Medicine “So far, there’s no data linking the vaccines to changes in menstruation,” they added “Even if there is a connection, one unusual period is no cause for alarm.”
Fertility expert and gynaecologist Dr.Yuvraj took to social media to debunk this claim and called it a way to 'stigmatize periods'. He said that there is "no science as of now that says that women or girls shouldn't take the vaccines on these days."
Gynaecologist Dr Munjaal V Kapadia said, “Some silly WhatsApp rumour has spooked everyone. Your period has no effect on the vaccine efficacy. Take it as soon as you can. Spread the word, please.”
Dr Vaishai Joshi, obstetrician and gynaecologist at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, Mumbai said “Covid vaccination does not have any effect on menstruation”. “There has been no data to validate the claim that Covid-19 vaccine affects the periods and its flow. This has originated from social media where people are sharing their own personal experiences. All international advisory bodies and organisations have not acknowledged it. Also, it’s important to note that one doesn’t need to reschedule vaccination date depending on the presence of periods.” “So all women above 18 years of age irrespective of their periods, hormonal status, should get vaccinated, apart from pregnant women as currently it’s not recommended in India,” she added.
Notably, two researchers who received their shots in the UK earlier this year noticed that aside from the usual side-effects — pain at the injection site — they also had temporary changes in their menstrual cycle. Research is also underway to check the linkage between periods and vaccine.
But, both vaccines have some side effects. For Covishield, possible adverse events following immunisation (AEFIs) are injection site tenderness, injection site pain, headache, fatigue, myalgia, malaise, pyrexia, chills and arthralgia, and nausea whereas for Covaxin, AEFIs include injection site pain, headache, fatigue, fever, body ache, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, dizziness-giddiness, tremor, sweating, cold, cough and injection site swelling.