Is the COVID vaccine safe for fertility patients and pregnant women?
Our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility doctors have been getting a lot of questions about the COVID vaccine lately. Fertility patients want to know whether this vaccination could interfere with their reproductive health and fertility treatments. Additionally, pregnant women wonder whether this vaccine is safe for them and their unborn babies.
To help answer these questions and provide some peace of mind, our team is breaking down the current recommendations.
What are the recommendations for the COVID vaccine?
Organizations like the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) are working hard to combat misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine. In early February, these organizations issued a joint statement with the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). This statement aligns with our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility doctors’ advice.
When it comes to the COVID vaccine, these organizations “continue to recommend that the vaccine be available to pregnant individuals.” Additionally, they stated that “there is no evidence that the vaccine can lead to loss of fertility.” This information is based on following the vaccine trial participants and the millions of people who have received the vaccine. As a result, there appears to be no reason to avoid getting the vaccine if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive.
It’s also important to note that ASRM issued a statement in late January about the importance of getting the vaccine to prevent health risks. Pregnant women are more likely to experience severe illness and complications from contracting coronavirus. Getting the vaccine is one way to “minimize risks to [pregnant women] and their pregnancy.”
Your doctor can help you decide what’s right for you
Our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility doctors realize that the decision to get the vaccine is a highly personal one. As such, our team encourages fertility patients to discuss their questions and concerns. Doing so will ensure that our patients receive COVID vaccine recommendations tailored to their unique situation.
If you have additional questions about whether the vaccine is right for you, we invite you to contact us and schedule an appointment. Our doctors are here to guide you through this stressful time in all our lives.