As Covid-19 vaccines became more widely available in early 2021, thousands of women who had received one began reporting changes in their menstrual cycles. Some noticed their cycles were longer, with their period arriving one to a few days late. Some noticed unusual spotting and cramps.
At the time, public health officials and media echo chambers were quick to brush off women’s observations. They responded by insisting vaccines had no effect on fertility (which menstrual cycles are obviously a key component of), a widely shared reason many women were hesitant to get vaccinated in the first place.
ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton quickly jumped on these reports as having “zero medical or scientific basis.”
“Yes, women can get the vaccine and then