‘Painful, debilitating’ menstrual cycle, a side effect of COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine side effect
  • A woman from New York experienced debilitating menstrual cramps after getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • However, according to experts this is an isolated event and that side effects are common for any vaccines.
  • Possible side effects of the vaccine include, fever, headache, nausea and fatigue, amongst others.

A 29-year-old female, Abigail, from New York reported with a complaint of “stupidly painful, debilitating” menstrual cramps. The painful and debilitating cramps occurred after she got the COVID-19 vaccine. The woman believed that her menstrual cramps were triggered after she got the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.

However, currently, there is no evidence that links menstrual cramps with the COVID vaccine. Similarly, not much research has been conducted in the area. It was when Abigail started to feel painful cramps, she linked it with the COVID vaccine.

“There’s no conclusive evidence right now because there really hasn’t been that much research,” said nurse practitioner Susan Hook. However, the nurse further explained that the changes are most likely temporary and not threatening. She further explained that the changes are most likely temporary and pose no threat. The side effect should not discourage women from getting vaccinated.

“Your body is reacting to something foreign, whether it be a physically foreign thing like a vaccine or an illness or foreign stressors like worry and anxiety, depression, those kinds of things,” Hook explained.

Abigail’s case is likely an isolated COVID-19 vaccine side effect, say experts.

Side effects are a standard part of any vaccine. In fact, any side effects are a sign that the body is mounting an immune response. Health experts have advised women to monitor their symptoms and report to a doctor if the side effects last for more than a month.

Mayo clinic experts agree that you should get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as the vaccine is available to you. In addition, the vaccines that are currently being administered are approved for safe use. The vaccine will prevent you from getting the illness and help the body build an ability to fight the virus. It will further prevent you from getting seriously ill if you get the infection. Similarly, may also keep you from developing complications of the illness.


‘Stupidly Painful, Debilitating’ Menstrual Period Could Be A COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect: Report https://www.ibtimes.com/stupidly-painful-debilitating-menstrual-period-could-be-covid-19-vaccine-side-effect-3186628

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Dr. Aiman Shahab is a dentist with a bachelor’s degree from Dow University of Health Sciences. She is an experienced freelance writer with a demonstrated history of working in the health industry. Skilled in general dentistry, she is currently working as an associate dentist at a private dental clinic in Karachi, freelance content writer and as a part time science instructor with Little Medical School. She has also been an ambassador for PDC in the past from the year 2016 – 2018, and her responsibilities included acting as a representative and volunteer for PDC with an intention to make the dental community of Pakistan more connected and to work for benefiting the underprivileged. When she’s not working, you’ll either find her reading or aimlessly walking around for the sake of exploring. Her future plans include getting a master’s degree in maxillofacial and oral surgery, settled in a metropolitan city of North America.


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