Mostafa Borahay Receives NIH Grant to Study Impacts of COVID-19 Vaccines on Menstruation
Mostafa Borahay, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study the potential impacts of COVID-19 vaccination on menstruation. Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics was one of five institutions selected by the NIH for the study. The grants were established after some women reported irregular menstrual periods and other menstrual changes after getting the COVID-19 vaccines. The award will enable Borahay and his team to better understand if there’s a link between the COVID-19 vaccines and these menstrual changes. They hypothesize that the immune response following vaccination may bring immune cells into the endometrium (uterus). This, say the researchers, may result in the menstrual irregularities that women are reporting. The grant was funded by the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health.