By Igor Kuznetsov
While the Norwegian health authorities said they cannot rule out a connection between vaccination and symptoms that range from lost periods to heavier bleeding (including after menopause), the general advice for all adults aged 18 and over to get their COVID-19 shot remains in place.The Norwegian Medicines Agency has so far processed 1,264 reports of menstrual disorders after COVID-19 vaccination.Some of the women lost their periods completely, others experienced bleeding after menopause, whereas many women suffered from more pain and heavier bleeding, TV2 has reported.Doctor Lill Trogstad of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) said that the connection between the menstrual disorders and vaccines cannot be ruled out.
“The women who reported these are not the ones who bled one extra day. Some had to receive treatment to stop the bleeding, and others have been bleeding for weeks”, Trogstad said. “We take these reports seriously and go to great lengths to study any connections”, she added.The reported side effects were said to be related to all three vaccines used in the Norwegian vaccination programme (Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca). According to the Medicines Agency, it is currently impossible to say whether any of these stands out.
“We must not downplay this. There are significant ailments, but menstrual disorders are a common phenomenon. Therefore, it is difficult to come to a definite conclusion. We don’t rule out that there may be a connection between the vaccines and menstrual disorders”, Norwegian Medicines Agency chief physician Sigurd Hortemo told the newspaper Nettavisen.Both the Norwegian Medicines Agency and the FHI ventured that there are far more women who have experienced menstrual disorders after the vaccine than those who have come forward.