NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe speaks with Dr. Alison Edelman of Oregon Health & Science University about her latest study chronicling the effects of COVID vaccines on menstrual cycles.
AYESHA RASCOE, HOST:
Some people have said that they noticed changes in their menstrual cycle after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, and there has been some concern over what that could mean. But a new study published in the British Medical Journal last week has some answers. It looked at period-tracking data and did find that the COVID vaccine could affect menstrual cycle length – that is from the first day of a period through the start of the next period. Dr. Alison Edelman is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University. She’s also the lead researcher on the newest study, and she joins us now. Welcome to the program.
ALISON EDELMAN: Thanks, Ayesha. Pleasure to be here.
RASCOE: So this new study is building off a previous one published earlier this year, which only looked at people in the U.S. What did that study find?
EDELMAN: So that study found pretty much the same thing that we’re finding in this study as well, which is …