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Myth busted: The COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t affect fertility

Myth busted: The COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t affect fertility

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During times of uncertainly, it’s easy for rumors to gain a foothold – especially on social media. That could be what’s behind the unfounded notion that the COVID-19 vaccine can impact a woman’s fertility.
However, nothing could be further from the truth, says Dr. Monica Selander, an OB-GYN at Tidelands Health Women’s Center.
“Data indicate the vaccines do not affect fertility, but they are remarkably effective at reducing the risk of a severe COVID-19 infection that could lead to life-threatening complications,” Dr. Selander says.

Not possible

Dr. Selander says the COVID-19 vaccine is simply not capable of changing the body at the cellular level, so there’s no way for fertility to be affected. In fact, she sees evidence every day in her practice that the vaccine doesn’t affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant.

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“Patients who have gotten vaccinated weeks ago are now coming in for confirmations of their pregnancy,” she says.
Leading reproductive health groups such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine have also weighed in, assuring people there is no evidence the vaccine can lead to a loss of fertility.

Similar outcomes

Some of the confusion around the vaccine and fertility may stem from the fact that pregnant women were not specifically studied in the initial clinical trials of the vaccine, Dr. Selander says.
However, 23 women who participated in the Pfizer-BioNTech trial became pregnant after receiving the vaccine. That number was consistent with the number of women who received a placebo, suggesting the vaccine had no adverse effect on fertility.

Safe and effective

Dr. Selander says the COVID-19 vaccines currently available for use are safe for women who want to become pregnant in the future.
“Widespread vaccinations offer the best chance to end the COVID-19 pandemic, so we encourage everyone to be vaccinated,” she says. “The vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 and help us put this pandemic behind us. It’s time to put to rest any worries about infertility.”

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As always, if you have any questions about fertility or pregnancy – whether related to the vaccine or not – reach out to your OB-GYN or other qualified care provider.
“We’re here to help,” Dr. Selander says.

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