According to the Boston University School of Public Health, there is no link between COVID vaccination and fertility
Even now, in countries which have high levels of access to vaccination, some people remain hesitant. In side effects forums, individuals share anecdotes and pseudo-science that suggests there is some link between infertility and vaccination. In communities of Colour, this fear stems from a lack of trust in the medical intentions of their Government.
Studying the impact of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, a paper found that couples attempting to have a baby saw no difference in fertility after getting vaccinated.
Amelia Wesselink, a research assistant professor of epidemiology and the study’s lead author, said: “Many reproductive-aged individuals have cited concerns about fertility as a reason for remaining unvaccinated.”
“Our study shows, for the first time, that COVID-19 vaccination in either partner is unrelated to fertility among couples trying to conceive through intercourse.”
Interestingly, the team found a different issue. Men who actually had COVID could face some fertility issues after their illness.
Fertility rates nearly identical in both groups
When women received one vaccine dose, their fertility rates were nearly identical to unvaccinated participants. With men, there was also a similar correlation between unvaccinated and vaccinated groups.
For this study, 2,126 women submitted information about their lives – including medical factors about themselves and their partners. From December 2020 to September 2021, these women told the research team about their efforts to have a child.
When the team looked at factors like vaccine doses and infertility history, they still found no significant difference between the two groups.
“These findings provide reassuring evidence that COVID vaccination in either partner does not affect fertility among couples trying to conceive,” said Lauren Wise, a professor of epidemiology and a senior author on the study.
“There’s a wealth of information that COVID infection has…a harmful impact on pregnancy outcomes and birth outcomes. Taking into account all the available information right now…I think the evidence is weighing for vaccination.”