No, the COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Cause Infertility

  • Experts are dispelling myths that COVID-19 vaccinations cause infertility.
  • They also say there is no evidence yet that the vaccinations cause any health issues for pregnant women.
  • They note that the dangers of COVID-19 should outweigh any hesitation about getting vaccinated.

Some younger women who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations are taking a pass.

One reason for the hesitancy is the worry that the vaccines can cause infertility.

It’s the kind of fear that spreads quickly through social media feeds.

As the vaccines become available to more younger people, concerns about infertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding could mean that many women will skip vaccinations.

With herd immunity still a long way off, that could leave a large share of the population vulnerable to infection and illness.

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No, the COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Cause Infertility

Written by Ann Pietrangelo on February 24, 2021 — Fact checked by Michael Crescione

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  • Experts are dispelling myths that COVID-19 vaccinations cause infertility.
  • They also say there is no evidence yet that the vaccinations cause any health issues for pregnant women.
  • They note that the dangers of COVID-19 should outweigh any hesitation about getting vaccinated.

Some younger women who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations are taking a pass.

One reason for the hesitancy is the worry that the vaccines can cause infertility.

It’s the kind of fear that spreads quickly through social media feeds.

As the vaccines become available to more younger people, concerns about infertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding could mean that many women will skip vaccinations.

With herd immunity still a long way off, that could leave a large share of the population vulnerable to infection and illness.null

Infertility claims

Dr. Jennifer Conti, OB-GYN, is medical adviser for Modern Fertility.

Conti told Healthline that there’s zero evidence that COVID-19 vaccines interfere with fertility.

“This misinformation is dangerous because the confusion it is based on sounds plausible, but in fact is not,” said Conti.

“The rumors are based on the fear that messenger RNA in the vaccine could cause infertility by accidentally attacking a protein in the placenta called syncytin-1, which has a (sort of) similar structure to the coronavirus spike protein. However, these are totally different structures and there is no reason to think this would happen,” she explained.

GuidanceTrusted Source from the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists and the British Fertility Society was recently published in The BMJ. The groups agree that there’s no link between the vaccines and infertility.

The article adds that sperm and egg donors should get vaccinated as well.

The scientists do suggest that if you’re undergoing fertility treatment, you might want to consider the timing of COVID-19 vaccines. That’s so there’s no confusion over whether any symptoms, such as fever, are side effects of the vaccine or fertility treatment procedures.

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