India: Experts warn of 'third coronavirus wave' in Autumn
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Having most of the population vaccinated enables the MHRA to collect more data regarding the side effects of the Covid vaccines. Undoubtedly, the evidence shows that Covid jabs are effective at reducing the risk of severe illness from coronavirus, but side effects can (and do) happen. In the latest UK Government report, the MHRA is said to be “closely monitoring reports of unexpected vaginal bleeding following vaccination”. The report continued: “A range of menstrual disorders have been reported after all three of the COVID-19 vaccines.”
Side effects have included:
- Heavier than usual periods
- Delayed periods
- Unexpected vaginal bleeding.
While the MHRA are keeping a close eye on the matter, the current consensus is that the number of reported cases have been “low”.
This is in comparison to the number of women who have received the Covid vaccine to date.
Such a side effect – which has been reviewed by the independent experts of the Medicines for Women’s Health Expert Advisory Group – has been said to be a “common” general health complaint.
“The current evidence does not suggest an increased risk of either menstrual disorders or unexpected vaginal bleeding following the vaccines,” the Government concluded.
The NHS has listed a whole range of causes for unexpected vaginal bleeding, from a side effect of contraception to cervical cancer.
Women between the ages of 25 to 64 “should be having regular cervical screening tests”, the national health body pointed out.
Cervical cancer develops in a woman’s cervix – the entrance to the womb from the vagina.
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“In most cases, abnormal vaginal bleeding is the first noticeable symptom of cervical cancer,” warned the NHS.
This includes bleeding during or after sex, between periods, or after you’ve been through the menopause.
Other symptoms can include:
- Pain and discomfort during sex
- Unusual or unpleasant vaginal discharge
- Pain in your lower back or pelvis.
“Abnormal bleeding does not mean you have cervical cancer, but you should see a GP as soon as possible to get it checked out,” added the NHS.
Other side effects of the Covid vaccine that are being monitored include:
- Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions)
- Bell’s palsy
- Blood clots with concurrent low platelets
- Capillary leak syndrome
- Inflammation of the heart.
“All vaccines and medicines have some side effects,” the government report noted.
“These side effects need to be continuously balanced against the expected benefits in preventing illness.”
The report added: “Vaccination is the single most effective way to reduce deaths and severe illness from COVID-19.”
All these side effects under MHRA’s close eye are rare occurrences; much more common side effects include:
- Pain at the injection site
- Muscle pains
- Join paints
These side effects are generally experienced mildly, or moderately.
In addition, these reactions usually resolve themselves within a few days following vaccination.
At present, more than 73,766,593 people in the UK have had at least one Covid jab.
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