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Is getting vaccinated against coronavirus while you’re menstruating advisable? Doctors answer

Published on:27 April 2021, 12:15pm IST
Many women are wondering if they can get themselves vaccinated while they’re on their periods. So, we asked experts.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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You must have heard that those women who are planning to get vaccinated must ensure they don’t go for it if they’re menstruating. After all, our immunity is at its lowest when we’re on our period. Turns out, this is a prime example of misinformation!

We talked to an expert to understand the relationship between the coronavirus vaccine and menstruation.

You must not delay your vaccination even if you are on your periods”, says Dr Sheetal Agarwal from Apollo Spectra Hospital, Delhi.

 There is no harm in getting vaccinated after, before, or even when you are having your periods. It is completely safe. 

Dr Sheetal did, however, mention that vaccines might have some complications like heavy or irregular periods. Such effects are temporary in nature.

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So, ladies, you don’t have anything to worry about! Just register yourself to get vaccinated.

We also spoke to Dr Vaishali Joshi, senior obstetrician and gynecologist at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, Mumbai who said, “Covid-19 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.”

She added, “No international advisory bodies and organisations have acknowledged it. It’s important to note that one doesn’t need to reschedule vaccination dates depending on their periods.”

Does it affect menopausal women?

Most of the menopausal women are above the age of 50 and fall in the vulnerable category. This is mostly due to age-related comorbidities like diabetes and blood pressure problems. The menopause is not an independent risk factor if the woman is healthy and fit. 

So, all women above 18 years of age, irrespective of their periods, should get vaccinated

Come May 1st, a whole lot of Indians will become eligible for the vaccine. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here are some healthcare tips shared by Dr Joshi  

Covid-19 infection doesn’t always affect menstrual cycle or flow. Any viral illness, unless it is severe or critical, usually doesn’t affect periods or hormones.

“Healthy lifestyle, which includes regular exercises and a balanced diet, is the most important factor in women’s health. Weight bearing exercises keep the bones strong and weight in check, helping prevent hormonal imbalances,” said Dr Joshi.

So, don’t let misinformation keep you from getting your vaccination dose!

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

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