The COVID Vaccine & Fertility Patients
As vaccinations for COVID-19 become increasingly available, there has been hesitation and confusion around safety for both pregnant women and those undergoing fertility treatments. We want to provide you with the reassurance that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and currently recommended by our team.
There is no objective evidence in the medical literature that these new platform based vaccines (RNA based) have any negative impact on the reproductive system and therefore should have no impact on male or female infertility. According to ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) and ACOG (American College of Gnyecology), the COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for women who are contemplating pregnancy or who are pregnant in order to minimize risks to themselves and their pregnancy.
Available data indicates that COVID-19 vaccines do not cause infertility in women or men. In the randomized blinded Pfizer-BioNTech trial, a similar number of women conceived after receiving the vaccine as those who received the placebo. The coronavirus’s spike protein and syncytin-1 (protein that mediates placental cell fusion) share small stretches of the same genetic code but are otherwise completely different in structure. The vaccine does not induce an immune reaction against the syncytin-1 placental protein. mRNA vaccines are taken up rapidly by muscle cells at the injection site and the mRNA is degraded in the cell once the protein is made so it does not cross the placenta.
We understand that this information can be overwhelming. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us at 833-SINCERA.