Updates in Gynaecology

Edited by Dr Roman

COVID VACCINE AND MENSTRUAL IRREGULARITIES

by Jose Roman

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://lnkd.in/gUgbscpC (Published 16 September 2021)

More than 30 000 reports of the above events had been made to MHRA’s yellow card surveillance scheme for adverse drug reactions by 2 September 2021, across all covid-19 vaccines currently offered. 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)https://lnkd.in/g-9iBM4G is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the MHRA recommend that anyone reporting a change in periods persisting over several cycles, or new vaginal bleeding after the menopause, should be managed according to the usual clinical guidelines for these conditions. Research has been started to find the reasons for the above changes 

On the other hand: The Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Centre LAREB https://www.lareb.nl/en that identifies risks associated with the use of medicines in daily practice and is the Knowledge Centre for adverse drugs reactions (ADRs) has received 10,000 reports of menstruation problems too. https://lnkd.in/g3s6zDZ4 “Menstrual disorders can have many causes, such as infection, illness or stress. It is not yet clear whether menstrual disorders are a side effect of the coronavirus vaccines, but there is a possibility. The vaccine stimulates the immune system and this may have an effect on hormone levels,"

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