18 Feb No Data Showing COVID-19 Vaccination Harms Fertility
Simply stated by experts — claims on social media that the COVID-19 vaccine could affect female fertility are unsubstantiated.
Social media has been breaming with baseless claims incorrectly suggesting the Pfizer vaccine could cause infertility in women — or even cause their bodies to attack the placenta.
But research clearly states there is no “plausible biological mechanism”, by which the vaccine could affect your fertility, states Prof Lucy Chappell, Professor in Obstetrics at King’s College London and Spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr Edward Morris, President at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, stated, “We want to reassure women that there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility. Claims of any effect of COVID-19 vaccination on fertility are speculative and not supported by any data.”
It’s very important to note that the vaccine works by sending communication to the body with a blueprint to follow. The vaccine manufactures a small, innocuous fragment of the coronavirus’s distinctive spike — prompting the immune system to kick into action, producing antibodies and white blood cells to fight off the virus.
Experts intensely state, the vaccine doesn’t give you the virus, and it has no way of affecting your own genetic information.
The Research Behind the COVID Vaccine and Fertility
The confusion on social media was pinpointed to a guide published by the UK government stating it was ‘unknown’ whether the Pfizer vaccine had an impact on male or female fertility. This has since been updated to clarify that animal studies don’t indicate any harmful effects on the reproductive system.
When scientists simply stated ‘unknown’ they mean there hasn’t yet been a long-term study on this specific vaccine BUT there are still facts pointing to the safety of the vaccine.
Professor Chappell expressed, “There is lots of evidence from other non-live virus vaccines, including the flu jab, that they have no impact on fertility and are completely safe and recommended for use during pregnancy.”
Social media users even suggested the vaccine could threaten fertility because it contains proteins also used to make the placenta which could lead the body to attack the placenta. This is FALSE. While the vaccine does contain a protein which slightly resembles one used in the development of the placenta — it’s not similar enough to confuse the body.
“The fact that the respective proteins bear a passing resemblance doesn’t mean anything”, stated Professor Chappell.
Don’t Get Caught Up in False Social Media News
The danger in social media is people falsely assume health problems that happen by coincidence are caused by the vaccine — and falsely report it — which spreads to millions and millions of people.
Fake news, whether in the press or on social media, have origins that are misguided or plain malicious.
Do your research. And remember, if you are confused about information regarding reproductive medicine, fertility, and the COVID-19 vaccine — connect with our team at FSMG. We work with our patients to develop tailored care plans for their needs and answer any questions or concerns they may have.