COVID-19 vaccine does not cause infertility or decreased fertility
Doctors say a viral claim that the COVID-19 vaccine causes problems for people who want to get pregnant is a myth. Here’s why.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Some people are still on the barrier from the COVID-19 vaccine, and one reason centers on a viral claim that the vaccine can impact a person’s fertility.
Dr Jane Kelly, Assistant State Epidemiologist with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, says it’s a statement doctors hear frequently.
Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause fertility problems?
No. Doctors say there is no evidence to support claims that the vaccine causes problems for people who wish to have a child.
“Don’t be fooled by pseudoscience and conspiracy theories,” Kelly said. “Vaccines do not decrease your fertility or cause infertility.”
Dr David Priest, infectious disease specialist at Novant Health, says the origin of the myth stems from an allegation that vaccinated people excrete the spike protein of the virus.
“Basically people are saying incorrectly and unfortunately believe that people who have received the vaccine can lose the spike protein and that this causes menstrual cycle irregularities, miscarriages and infertility in women,” Priest said. “This is simply not true. There is no evidence to support this myth.”
According to Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention, Fertility safety assurances don’t just apply to the COVID-19 vaccine. This applies to any vaccine.
The CDC says, “If you are trying to get pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may be given a COVID-19 vaccine. There is currently no evidence that vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems – problems when trying to get pregnant. “
In fact, there is apparently more evidence to the contrary.
“We know that in the Pfizer trials, women became pregnant during these studies, and there was not a single report of miscarriage in someone who received the real vaccine. There was loss of pregnancy in a person who received the placebo, ”Priest said. .
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