With the world finally having a covid -19 vaccine, there has been a growing number of questions raised by people on the effects of the vaccine on fertility on both men and women. This is because there have been reported cases of people exhibiting a myriad of symptoms after taking the vaccine jab. A lot of this has raised queries and most have been asked to reach out to doctors with their concerns where they can be adequately addressed by a qualified healthcare practioner
A doctor said that he proactively addresses this rumor with his patients of reproductive age who have not been vaccinated, since he, treats pregnant women and delivers babies as part of his practice. There is no plausible reason — no medical or scientific mechanism — for this vaccine to interact with a woman’s reproductive organs or have any interaction with an egg that’s been released or fertilized.
A reproductive endocrinologist at MU Health Care, said he frequently hears COVID-19 vaccine concerns from patients who are trying to conceive.
While studies are still ongoing, there is no data that the COVID-19 vaccines may cause infertility and no credible scientific theories for how the COVID-19 vaccine may cause female infertility, Statements linking COVID-19 vaccines to female infertility are currently speculative at best.
The myth is based on an assumption that the vaccine could cause the body to attack syncytin-1, a protein in the placenta that shares a small piece of genetic code with the spike protein of the coronavirus.
“A good analogy I’ve heard is that for your immune system to get mixed up and attack the placental protein would be like you mistaking an elephant for an alley cat because they’re both gray. “There is one small similarity, but the overall construction of the protein is so completely different, your immune system is way too smart to be confused by that.”
While there is no reason to believe the vaccine poses a risk to women who are pregnant or are trying to conceive, there is evidence about the danger of COVID-19 infection to pregnant women, which is a reason they should embrace rather than avoid vaccination.
Pregnant women get sicker when they get COVID compared to other people their age, and pregnant people with COVID are more likely to experience pregnancy complications, such as miscarriage, still birth, blood clots and preterm delivery. “The effect of COVID disease on pregnancy is real, and it’s important to prevent.
Similarly, the doctor recommends the COVID vaccine for men concerned about their fertility because of the possible effects that COVID-19 disease could have on their reproductive system. To address this issue the doctors discussed the potential negative impact of the COVID-19 disease on testicular function, sperm production and male fertility. Some studies have shown that the SARS-COV-2 virus has been found in the sperm of men with COVID-19 infection, the SARS-CoV-2 virus may impact male hormones necessary for normal sperm production, and there are numerous reports of men with testicular or scrotal pain after getting the COVID-19 disease.
Men who are worried about their fertility should probably get the COVID-19 vaccine as there are some concerns about the potential effect of COVID-19 disease on male fertility.”