Female recipients of Covid vaccine decry menstrual effects amid rumours of family planning conspiracy

A health worker talks to her colleagues as they prepare to receive the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine under the COVAX scheme against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Monicah Mwangi

Ever since the outbreak of the deadly Corona virus, and the consequent invention of its vaccine, rumours and conspiracy theories have featured prominently in the background.

Popular among them is the believe that the virus is a biological mode of population control, and the vaccine is an advanced version of the virus, meant to further limit population growth by tampering with the reproductive system.

However, it would now appear that some of the experiences that female recipients of the vaccine have had, raises some pertinent questions.

A leading media house recently featured a recipient whose face and voice was hidden, and was given the name Wamuyu. She complained that after the vaccine, she missed her periods.

Well, Katherine Lee, a research fellow in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and Dr. Kate Clancy, who studies the menstrual cycle at the University of Illinois launched a formal study to collect data about the relationship between the COVID-19 vaccines and the menstrual cycle. It’s not a side effect that clinical trials checked for, and it’s not included on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine health check-in.

There isn’t much research on how vaccination affects menstruation. But vaccines do stress the immune system, and the menstrual cycle sometimes responds to those types of changes.

“The menstrual cycle is really dynamic, and it responds to tons of things,” Lee says.
There’s also a potential relationship between the nanoparticles used in the COVID-19 vaccines and changes in bleeding patterns. In some people, the nanoparticles end up creating a temporary immune reaction that kills off platelets, a type of blood cell involved in clotting, Clancy says.

They regenerate quickly, but if someone has a bleeding event like a period just after they get a shot, it could make it heavier.

If it turns out that there is a relationship between the vaccines and the timing of a person’s menstrual cycle, that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong or dangerous about the vaccines themselves. It would most likely be a temporary side effect, and probably wouldn’t have effects on fertility, Lee stressed.

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