False posts claim a woman's menstrual cycle affects efficacy of Covid-19 vaccination
Facebook posts circulating online in India claim women should avoid receiving the Covid-19 vaccine on specific dates during their menstrual cycle. The claim is false, health experts said. Vaccine manufacturers in India have not warned that a woman's menstrual cycle affects the efficacy or safety of Covid-19 vaccines.
The claim was published here on Facebook on April 24, 2021.
The post features an image with text that reads: “A Reminder for all Women”.
“Vaccination is starting from May 1st for above 18, For Girls, it’s very important to check periods and take vaccination (sic).
“Don’t take the vaccine before and after 5 days of your periods because immunity will be very less during periods. Dosage of vaccine first decreases immunity later it builds immunity so, there is a high risk of attack for one who vaccinated during periods (sic).
“Share With Your Sister/Friend/Family/Girlfriend. Don’t Feel Shame to share!!!”
The claim is false.
The World Health Organization's Southeast Asia office told AFP: "This claim is incorrect. There is no scientific basis to that statement".
India’s public information department also debunked the claim here on Twitter on April 24, 2021.
“#Fake post circulating on social media claims that women should not take #COVID19Vaccine 5 days before and after their menstrual cycle. Don't fall for rumours!” the tweet reads.
#Fake post circulating on social media claims that women should not take #COVID19Vaccine 5 days before and after their menstrual cycle.— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) April 24, 2021
Don't fall for rumours!
All people above 18 should get vaccinated after May 1. Registration starts on April 28 on https://t.co/61Oox5pH7x pic.twitter.com/JMxoxnEFsy
Doctors in India also said the claim has no scientific basis.
“A lot of patients messaging me asking if it’s safe/ effective to take the vaccine during their period. Some silly WhatsApp rumour has spooked everyone. Your period has no effect on the vaccine efficacy,” tweeted Dr Munjaal Kapadia, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Namaha Specialised Healthcare Hospital in Mumbai.
“Myth: COVID Vaccine will cause female/male infertility or don’t take it around periods or other reproductive fears… Fact: It’s Nonsense. There is no scientific data to suggest this,” posted Dr Faheem Younus, chief of infectious disease at the University of Maryland Medical System.