5 Reasons Why Do Women Get More Side Effects Than Men After COVID-19 Vaccination
The COVID-19 Vaccines are no different from any other vaccines yet one has to be prepared for the side effects of it. Since, people have been experiencing mild to severe side effects, with severe only being only a very small section. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention women are more prone to side effects than men.
Following reasons were asserted to be the main cause of women facing side effects than men:
- The female immune response is distinct in many ways as compared to male immune response.
- Due to high levels of oestrogen present in the female body that results in a stronger immune system, hence, causing more side effects. Progesterone and testosterone can too influence the vaccine reactions. The immune cells are likely to produce more antibodies in response to the vaccine, when exposed to the oestrogen.
- Another story pointed out the reason could be behavioral factors that is why women are more likely to experience side effects even when their symptoms are the same.
- It has also been shown that the female body tends to produce more infection-fighting antibodies in response to the vaccines for influenza, yellow fever, rabies, hepatitis A & B.
- Several studies have reported that women absorb and metabolise drugs differently than men do.
Although, COVID-19 vaccines side effects are quite mild and for a short span and most importantly it indicates that the vaccine is working and the immune system is functioning well. Besides headache, nausea, fever and fatigue many of the women have reported experiencing changes in their menstrual cycle. The common changes reported by women included heavy bleeding between periods.