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The ‘menstrual thing’ and the covid vaccines’ assault on the unborn

By Gina Doggett

Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked Anthony Fauci, the face of the official US response to Covid, in a July 22nd interview: “Why don’t we hear the downsides of any vaccines?”

Baier mentioned a recent New York Times article on a study showing that the Covid vaccines disrupt women’s menstrual cycles.

“The menstrual thing,” replied Fauci, “is something that seems to be quite transient and temporary … We need to study it more.”

The NYT’s treatment of the study was equally dismissive; the subheading read: “For some, a side effect of getting vaccinated was a change in menstrual cycles – but experts say there is no cause for alarm.”

The “some” referred to 42.1% of the study’s more than 17,000 regularly menstruating subjects who reported heavier than normal bleeding, compared with 43.6% who reported no change. The study found that nearly two-thirds (65.7%) of 1,815 respondents who were pre-menopausal but not menstruating because they were taking hormonal treatments had breakthrough bleeding after a jab. Similarly, 66% of post-menopausal women reported breakthrough bleeding.

Laeticia, a 44-year-old flight attendant who declined to give her surname or identify her employer, took part in a European Parliament panel discussion earlier this year about vaccine harms to flight crews and the particular dangers they pose.

Flight attendants “are the pilots’ eyes and ears – I’m the firefighter, the security agent who was trained by the GIGN [France’s elite security force], the one keeping terrorists out of the cockpit. We help any passenger who falls ill – stroke, heart attack, childbirth.”

Like pilots – most of whom know they risk heart problems resulting from the airlines’ mandatory vaccines – flight attendants like Laeticia “have to be at 100% of my physical and mental shape,” she said.

Laeticia apologised to the men in the audience: “I’m sorry, sirs, these are very intimate things, hard for me to talk to you about.” For the previous 30 years, Laeticia’s menstrual cycle had been “like clockwork”: she had her period every 28 days, and it lasted three days. Starting one week after the second dose of a Pfizer vaccine she haemorrhaged for 18 days straight. “When I say haemorrhaged, I mean emptied of my blood … I saw clots exit my body. I wondered if my body was decomposing.”

She also described experiencing memory loss, problems with speech, aches and pains, shaking and weak legs. “I couldn’t leave home, I couldn’t get dressed without being immediately stained,” she said.

Her doctor told her she had experienced “normal” side effects, and her gynaecologist agreed. “The doctor said, ‘if I told you otherwise it would mean I don’t believe in medicine’.” He referred her to a psychiatrist who wondered if she was suffering burnout. “I don’t know what relationship there is between burnout and 18 days of haemorrhage, but I’m not a doctor,” Laeticia said.

She was prescribed a medication to stop her bleeding which took five days rather than overnight as promised.

“Many of my colleagues do not want to speak out about what’s happening to them, they have very serious disruptions such as no periods for more than nine months, having to get a hysterectomy because of unbearable pain, which I also had – it was worse than when I gave birth,” Laeticia told Holding The Line.

“A lot of my colleagues complain of menstrual problems but they are afraid of repercussions if they speak out,” she said.

As a result of widespread omerta over menstrual problems blamed on the vaccines, self-help groups have sprung up online, such as “Can we talk about it?”, “RealNotRare” and “Où est mon cycle” (“Where is my period” in English), with tens of thousands of posts. Huge Facebook groups sprang up, only to be shut down.

Menstrual woes can be far worse than heavy periods. According to a user-centred survey, MyCycleStory, which yielded a total sample size of 6,049, nearly five per cent (4.83%) or 292 women reported experiencing decidual cast shedding (DCS). In lay terms, this means passing the entire lining of the uterus in one go. The phenomenon was extremely rare before the covid vaccine rollout, with fewer than 40 cases appearing in the medical literature since 1914.

Gag orders

“The menstrual thing” is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the vaccines and reproductive health.

As with practically everything covid, accurate data is elusive, but the vaccines are clearly causing countless tragedies for would-be mothers. Reports of miscarriages, fetal deaths and stillbirths have soared, while Dr James Thorp, a maternal-fetal medicine expert, says attempts to quantify them have been hampered by the imposition of gag orders on physicians and nurses in September 2021.

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) put out a statement warning that any physician who, in the Board’s view, spreads “misinformation” may have their licence to practise medicine revoked. 

“Perhaps not coincidentally, this same language appeared and was published almost simultaneously by [a panoply of medical groups], governmental and private organizations with ties to the pharmaceutical industry, the pharmaceutical industry itself, Big Tech companies, the mainstream media, multiple medical journals, insurance companies, and many others who have a financial or other stake in pushing the experimental gene therapies,” Thorp wrote in a letter to ABOG.

In an interview with feminist and journalist Dr Naomi Wolf, Thorp said: “All of the licensing board agencies, within a matter of four weeks – September of 2021 – gagged every physician and nurse in the United States of America. Unprecedented, unprecedented. And the sole purpose of that was to eliminate vaccine hesitancy.”

The medical establishment also quashed information about or investigation into the dangers of the vaccines for pregnant women. Independent sources all over the world have observed significant increases in spontaneous abortions or fetal deaths, fetal malformations, neonatal or infant deaths, autoimmune diseases in infants, cognitive impairment, seizure disorders and opportunistic infections, and many other disastrous pregnancy outcomes.

Estimates of actual fetal deaths on the basis of reports to VAERS (the official US online reporting system for vaccine side effects) vary according to the under-reporting factor (URF) used, with the system itself warning: “VAERS receives reports for only a small fraction of actual adverse events. The degree of underreporting varies widely.”

Thorp, an obstetrician and gynecologist with 43 years of experience, uses a URF of 41 derived by investigative journalist Steve Kirsch on the basis of VAERS data for anaphylactic shock. Miscarriages reported to VAERS in 2021 and up to October 21, 2022, totalled 5,311. Using the URF of 41, the actual figure could be 217,751. The bar graph reflecting just the reported miscarriages since VAERS began in 1990 is eye-popping: the previous high was 230 in 2009, compared with 3,670 in 2021.

Scotland has experienced an alarming rise in infant deaths. During March 2022, 18 babies under four weeks old died, after 21 died the previous September – a rate of 4.6 and 5.1 per thousand, respectively. Both triggered an investigation because they exceeded a “control limit” threshold of 4.4 per 1,000. Historically, the average death rate among newborns in Scotland is about two per 1,000 births.

Incredibly, health authorities have already ruled out vaccinations as a factor, and will not investigate the vaccination status of the bereft mothers, the Herald reported.

The article notes that “consultants” advised Public Health Scotland against carrying out such an analysis because it was unlikely to lead to a change in a vaccination policy that was already “appropriately informed by good-quality population-level evidence and safety data”. The decision came to light in internal emails obtained through a freedom of information request.

The Scottish government ordered a review of the surge in the death of newborns, the BBC reported in September. According to the Scottish government’s latest statistics, the second quarter of 2022 saw 46 infant deaths, or 4.1 per 1,000 live births, which was 12.2% greater than the April-June average.

It is bewildering that the covid vaccines have not been subject to the longstanding ‘5/50 rule’. Under this rule, when a drug, vaccine or medical device is linked to five deaths, a ‘black box’ warning is issued; when the toll reaches 50, the product is immediately pulled from the market.

Fertility nosedives

Meanwhile, blogger Igor Chudov is tracking sharp declines in fertility, reporting on nosediving birth rates in HungarySwedenGermany, the UK and Switzerland. Separately, Scottish government figures for the second quarter of 2022 show that births there were down 11.5% on the five-year average at 11,237.

Chudov notes that few countries provide live monthly birth statistics, but that the nativity arrow is pointing downward in those that do. Notably, Hungary saw a 22.2% drop in the Budapest region in the first quarter of this year compared to the first three months of 2021. The Hungarian data shows a “statistically significant negative effect of vaccination on birth rates”.

Research has been done on the covid vaccines’ effect on male fertility. A study published in Andrology, the official journal of the American Society of Andrology and the European Academy of Andrology, has reported a decline in sperm count and motility in the three-month period after vaccination.

Aga Wilson is a human rights advocate who has served as a consultant and project manager on human rights, policy development and training for nonprofits, NGOs, and the United Nations. She set up the #CanWeTalkAboutIt campaign to break the silence about covid-19 vaccine injury and death, and told Holding The Line: “We’re looking at a big problem because this is about fertility. It’s the biggest humanitarian crisis I’ve seen in my career.”

True to form, the mainstream media, exemplified by a Telegraph article, has ignored the vaccine elephant in the room. The Telegraph article cites economic disincentives and a trend towards ‘leisurism’ as the main reasons why young Westerners are avoiding child rearing while failing to explain how these trends accelerated with such force nine months after the covid vaccine rollout.

The new age of cavalier science

The manufacturers of the experimental jabs showed a monumental lack of curiosity and concern over their possible effects on pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women were excluded from the clinical trials, something that has been openly acknowledged. According to FactCheck.org in February 2021, under the headline “No Evidence Vaccines Impact Fertility”: “There’s limited data on vaccine safety for pregnant women because they were excluded from the first clinical trials of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines.” Nor were women asked about their periods or any other reproductive impacts.

A study first published online in April 2021 by the New England Journal of Medicine was widely invoked in support of claims that the vaccines are safe for pregnant women. At the time the study by Tom T. Shimabukuro et al seemed unimpeachable; after all, it was sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control, and the NEJM is one of the world’s most highly respected medical journals.

Never mind that the study is significantly flawed because it lacked 20-week follow-up data for most (73.9%) of the subjects needed to calculate the risk of miscarriage. It was corrected in October 2021 to note that “no denominator was available to calculate a risk estimate for spontaneous abortions, because at the time of this report, follow-up through 20 weeks was not yet available for 905 of the 1,224 participants vaccinated within 30 days before the first day of the last menstrual period or in the first trimester. Furthermore, any risk estimate would need to account for gestational week-specific risk of spontaneous abortion.”

Moreover, the study had no data at all for 97% of the subjects drawn from the CDC’s “V-Safe” mobile phone reporting app.

Another major shortcoming is that while the paper noted that the results were preliminary since many of the women were still pregnant, the researchers did not follow up; the final results were never published.

These failings did not stop health officials and medical bodies from citing the study to allay the fears of pregnant women. Fears over long-term effects of the vaccines (normally the subject of phase IV trials conducted over at least two years) were thrown to the wind at a time when a lockdown-weary public was increasingly looking to the jabs as a panacea. The authorisation for pregnant women was a historical first. By comparison, the flu vaccine was in use for decades before it was authorised for use during pregnancy in 1997.

Long-term monitoring would also uncover heightened risks for cancers in general, and those affecting women – notably breast cancer, but also ovarian and uterine cancer – are rising dramatically.

But Eric Rubin, editor in chief of the NEJM, prefers the guinea pig alternative.

“We’re never gonna learn about how safe the vaccine is until we start giving it,” said Rubin, a member of the US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee who voted to authorise the jabs for five-to-11-year-old children.


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