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I am having some period issues and wanted to get some input/support.

Last Friday I got my period, which freaked me out because my last one ended just two weeks prior to that. My period has always been clockwork reliable, and I have been tracking it for over 10 years, so I definitely have long term data and know my body enough to know it wasn't normal. I emailed my gyno and she referred me for a pelvic scan to rule out cysts, etc. I'm on day 8 of my period now and just feel tired and honestly a bit scared since my grandmother died of ovarian cancer, so any inkling of an issue down there is terrifying to me. Then something occurred to me.

I got both of my Pfizer vaccines back in April. No major side effects, but I noticed that after both shots my period started a week early and dragged out to more than 7 days. I waved it away as coincidence and didn't think anything more about it. But then I realized I had my booster shot on the 22nd, and checked my period tracker...sure enough this period came on about a week after my booster.

Is this a thing? I have Googled and just feel like it's the usual hemming and hawing from the medical field about "some women" have reported seeing "changes" in their period and longer studies would have to be done. And not to be bitter, but since half the time I feel like the medical field doesn't give two damns about women's health, especially reproductive issues, I'm not holding my breath. I did email this information to my doctor but haven't heard back from her yet. I am trying to be rational since I am also in my early 40's and I know that hormones can start changing and affecting things, but it's hard to ignore that my period has done the same thing 3 times after this vaccine.

Have any of you experienced issues post vaccine with your period?

Edit: Thanks so much to everyone who commented. I do feel slightly more reassured that this is a thing that's happening to other women, but am also so frustrated it's not more publicized. If I'm being honest, this has made me gunshy about getting another booster depending on what the future of this thing is. My periods are already on a good day incredibly draining and leave me tired and weak. I can't have a situation where my period is getting so jacked up that it's coming early and lasting 7-10 days. I already have iron issues and can't be having all that.

This is meta, but this is another area where not being able to have nuanced conversations about a topic hurts everyone. Everyone around me is either "rawr Covid vaccines are poison that inject microchips into you so the lizard people can get you" or "the Covid vaccine is perfect, amazing and cannot be criticized or you're a right wing asshole", so there is literally no one in my life other than my aunt I felt comfortable talking to about this. I love my girlfriends to pieces, but they are pro-vaccine to the point that I just don't feel like I could say "hey love a good vaccine as much as the next person, but this is happening and making me scared to ever get it again" to them. But y'all are rational, switched on ladies who get it, and I'm so grateful to all of you!

I am having some period issues and wanted to get some input/support. Last Friday I got my period, which freaked me out because my last one ended just two weeks prior to that. My period has always been clockwork reliable, and I have been tracking it for over 10 years, so I definitely have long term data and know my body enough to know it wasn't normal. I emailed my gyno and she referred me for a pelvic scan to rule out cysts, etc. I'm on day 8 of my period now and just feel tired and honestly a bit scared since my grandmother died of ovarian cancer, so any inkling of an issue down there is terrifying to me. Then something occurred to me. I got both of my Pfizer vaccines back in April. No major side effects, but I noticed that after both shots my period started a week early and dragged out to more than 7 days. I waved it away as coincidence and didn't think anything more about it. But then I realized I had my booster shot on the 22nd, and checked my period tracker...sure enough this period came on about a week after my booster. Is this a thing? I have Googled and just feel like it's the usual hemming and hawing from the medical field about "some women" have reported seeing "changes" in their period and longer studies would have to be done. And not to be bitter, but since half the time I feel like the medical field doesn't give two damns about women's health, especially reproductive issues, I'm not holding my breath. I did email this information to my doctor but haven't heard back from her yet. I am trying to be rational since I am also in my early 40's and I know that hormones can start changing and affecting things, but it's hard to ignore that my period has done the same thing 3 times after this vaccine. Have any of you experienced issues post vaccine with your period? Edit: Thanks so much to everyone who commented. I do feel slightly more reassured that this is a thing that's happening to other women, but am also so frustrated it's not more publicized. If I'm being honest, this has made me gunshy about getting another booster depending on what the future of this thing is. My periods are already on a good day incredibly draining and leave me tired and weak. I can't have a situation where my period is getting so jacked up that it's coming early and lasting 7-10 days. I already have iron issues and can't be having all that. This is meta, but this is another area where not being able to have nuanced conversations about a topic hurts everyone. Everyone around me is either "rawr Covid vaccines are poison that inject microchips into you so the lizard people can get you" or "the Covid vaccine is perfect, amazing and cannot be criticized or you're a right wing asshole", so there is literally no one in my life other than my aunt I felt comfortable talking to about this. I love my girlfriends to pieces, but they are pro-vaccine to the point that I just don't feel like I could say "hey love a good vaccine as much as the next person, but this is happening and making me scared to ever get it again" to them. But y'all are rational, switched on ladies who get it, and I'm so grateful to all of you!

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So let me preface this by saying I was excited to get the vaccine when I got it back in April/May. I am no longer excited. After both I got lower ab cramps within a day and unusual spotting for a week after each shot with no period (other side effects - fever for days, metal taste in my mouth for 48 hours after was the weirdest, feeling dog tired for weeks after was the worst.) Then I did not have a period for 6 months (which was unusual considering while in my 40s I am/was not menopausal before this. Also pregnancy is not a possibility.) My period returned a month ago and it was unusually heavy and longer.

Doctor just shrugged had nothing to say, apart from towing the narrative that it must have been coincidental something else (like stress, ya, how about the stress of this new vax on my system). It really pissed me off how female things are blown off as unimportant by the medical establishment. I genuinely feel like I was being gaslit by them the way TRAs do it.

So I do not plan to get the booster. Not against them in principle. I don't really trust Pfizer nor the establishment to know the down stream effects.

PS - Totally agree with you about how we can't have real rational conversations about complex issues that need complex solutions because of how political everything has gotten by media/establishment.

This is exactly, exactly my thought process and feelings. I was so excited to get the vaccine when it came out. Had this beautiful, tearful exchange with the nurse who gave me my 2nd shot. Now however many months later I don't know that I have interest in getting any future boosters. And you can't say that aloud of course, or you're seen has some hysterical anti-science jerk. I feel betrayed in a way, because this was supposed to be the thing to give us all our lives back right? Instead now I still have to wear a mask everywhere despite being now triple vaxxed, life is still a major pain in the ass, and on top of everything now I get an 8-9 day period? No thanks. If everyone else gets their vaccine and doesn't have an issue, God speed to them, but I can't do this again. In a normal world I have to make plans around my period, because it's that heavy and horrible, so I'm definitely not signing up for extra period nonsense.

And same with the doctor. I also got the shoulder shrug and "well sometimes stress can affect your period". And I just wanted to be like, you have no idea the stress I've been under this year, and not once has my period failed to come exactly when it normally does and last exactly 5 days. But you know, we women are so hysterical that our high emotions change our periods in the blink of an eye I guess? I don't mean to be flip, I know stress can affect you, but I know my body and that's not what is going on here. I also have other symptoms that are concerning and have just come up in the last month, like constantly feeling full even if I got most of the day without eating, then feeling sick when I do eat. Again, a symptom of ovarian cancer, but I get a shoulder shrug from doctors.

Someone did a thread on this a little while back. You are not alone. A LOT of women had similar problems.

https://ovarit.com/o/Women/43502/how-did-the-covid-vaccine-affect-your-periods

Thank you so much for this, I missed it! I guess I'm comforted that I'm not alone, but also, what the hell? It feels like an issue that should be more widely discussed.

Last Friday I got my period, which freaked me out because my last one ended just two weeks prior to that.

Same exact thing happened to me. And it was a much heavier flow for a few cycles. Everything is back to normal now.

I believe the Pfizer vax does something to trigger menstruation. It's crazy.

Very common, part of the immune response is for the uterus to shed its lining.

For what kind of things? Cause it's not like you get a cold or many other things and your uterus acts up.

[–] sensusquaeram 1 points Edited

Surgery (not pelvic), general anesthesia, panic disorder -- I once bled for two weeks straight from an undiagnosed cycle of panic attacks (all gyn tests were negative). It's likely a long list.

Is there a good source for this? I believe you but I also really want to read up on it so I can inform other women.

[–] Aparallaxia 0 points Edited

That link is broken. I did find this article:

https://www.healthline.com/health/menstruation/can-covid-affect-your-period#covid-19-and-menstrual-cycles

ETA: apologies for linking to something that refers to 'people' all the way through, but it looked useful.

ETA 2: https://covid19.nih.gov/news-and-stories/covid-19-vaccines-and-menstrual-cycle

I'm mid-30s and had this happen to me, mine was heavier and earlier after both my Pfizer shots and also triggered v.bad migraines

Huh, that could be why I had a vomit level migraine last weekend a few days after my booster. I thought I must have eaten too many trigger foods…

Omg, I had a migraine after both shots but I hadn't connected the timing. 🤯

I'm planning to get a booster this weekend. I'll be paying attention this time!

I got Moderna and went though the same kinda thing. It's just not recorded because medicine doesn't give a haggard shit about women.

I had both Pfizer shots and haven’t had any issues with changes to my period.

But you’re right that women’s health and our specific reactions to meds should be better studied.

Putting out healthy thoughts into the universe for you to get a clean bill of health 💜

[–] Lilim 15 points Edited

This exact thing happened to me after my second Pfizer shot. Had two full periods in one month two weeks apart. I’m also in my early 40’s, in perimenopause and am usually like clockwork too.

It returned to normal the following month.

This makes me feel slightly better, just hearing a similar story. <3

[–] Lilim 2 points Edited

I’m glad my response could help calm you ❤️ It’s absolutely infuriating how little research is being done on how vaccines affect women and what variables contribute to side effects. Perimenopause and birth control seem to be linked to complications from anecdotes I’ve read but no hard data is available 🤬

I had Moderna and the side effects were brutal but zero effect on my periods. They stayed normal both after the second shot and the booster.

I haven't experienced period issues after the covid jabs (even though the other side effects have been terrible), but I have had two fucked up periods after the antiflu jab. Apparently, many vaccines can have a temporary effect on periods (e.g. hpv or flu vaccines). I just wish they had told me, I was really freaking out. It looks like things are getting normal again but this experience leaves me a bit worried about the covid booster job (coupled with the brutal side effects of the second dose), but I guess covid scares me more :D I absolutely agree with you that it's unfair that one cannot express her worries without being labelled an anti-vax or something. Why can't we have nuanced discussions in this society anymore?

I got the Pfizer vaccine and I remember the next period after it coming early. I can't comment on whether it caused heavier bleeding because my birth control makes me bleed heavier, but not consistently.

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