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Can COVID-19 affect my menstrual health?

Can COVID-19 affect my menstrual health?

Welcome back to Ask an Expert, the LOLA series where we find expert answers to your reproductive health questions. Dr. Navya Mysore, Medical Director at OneMedical Group, is speaking today to a question on our community’s mind: can COVID-19 affect our menstrual health?

Advice from Dr Mysore:

“I would like to first emphasize how important social distancing is: by keeping a safe distance from your loved ones, friends, and individuals who are immunocompromised, we are helping reduce the spread of COVID-19. By slowing the spread of the virus, we are helping our hospitals to reduce the number of ill patients that are coming through their doors, and helping preserve their resources. Stay home as much as possible, avoid crowded locations, and keep at least six feet of distance between you and the next person. I can’t reiterate this enough: stay home.

I can’t reiterate this enough: stay home.

A common question is ‘Can COVID-19 affect your period?’ Yes it can, but being sick can affect your period, this is not specific to COVID-19.

A common question is ‘Can COVID-19 affect your period?’

Your period can be heavier, your period can be lighter, you can get spotting in between periods, and your period can be irregular. What we worry about is if any of these symptoms happen for a consecutive period of time, meaning for longer than 1-2 months. At that point I would seek care from your primary care physician or your gynecologist. 

Lastly, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to message me through Instagram at @dr.navyamysore. Stay safe and take care of your loved ones.” 

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