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"Association Between Menstrual Cycle Length and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination: A U.S. Cohort," Alison EdelmanEmily R BonifaceEleonora BenharLeo HanKristen A MattesonCarlotta FavaroJack T PearsonBlair G Darney, Obstet Gynecol2022 Apr 1;139(4):481-489.  doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004695. Epub 2022 Jan 5.

"A prospective study of the association between SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 vaccination with changes in usual menstrual cycle characteristics," Siwen WangJasmine MortazaviJaime E HartJennifer A HankinsLaura M KatuskaLeslie V FarlandAudrey J GaskinsYi-Xin WangRulla M TamimiKathryn L TerryJanet W Rich-EdwardsStacey A MissmerJorge E Chavarro, Am J Obstet Gynecol2022 Jul 13;S0002-9378(22)00539-7.  doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2022.07.003. Online ahead of print.

"COVID-19 vaccination associated with a small, temporary increase in menstrual cycle length, suggests NIH-funded study," NICHD News Release, Thursday, January 6, 2022

NOTE FROM DR. TINGEN: As a summary, we are finding that vaccination is associated with a slightly longer cycle (1-4 days longer), and potentially heavier bleeding and an increase in pain for certain subsets of women, but these changes are short term in the cycles immediately following vaccination.

Dr. Candace Tingen

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