What to know about infertility and COVID-19 vaccines

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses how vaccines have not been proven to impact fertility and why women who are currently pregnant may want to get vaccinated.
2:33 | 02/24/21

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Thanks very much. We turn to our health alert. A growing number of women are declining the covid vaccine fearing it will affect their fertility. According to a study we first saw -- a story we saw in "The Washington post," our chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton is here to break it down for us. Is there any correlation, covid and fertility, the vaccine, I should say? Robin, this is an issue that from the get-go has been rife with myth and propagated in social media. It's really about balancing risks, known risks versus unknown risks, benefits to both the mother and the fetus, right now there is no real data on this vaccine in pregnancy, however, about 20,000 women did become pregnant at some point surrounding the time they were vaccinated. There have been no untoward side effects or safety signals in that group. And this myth about causing infertility, you know, if that were the case we would be seeing a lot of miscarriages in women who have been naturally infected with covid, so in the field of oggyn no basis for that at this Okay, but what do we know about the possible long-term effects? So, remember, robin, when the fda granted authorization they had just about two months of long-term data. Now that's about four months. They are continuing to follow women including the women who have gotten pregnant after being enrolled in the clinical trials and will follow it for two years. So that's something that will be ongoing. Okay, Jen, let's break it down. You're pregnant. You're debating whether or not about having the vaccine. What should they know? Well, robin, I've been in touch with acog. They want to make it clear even though there's no data at this point vaccines have a very safe track record in pregnancy. We know that pregnant women are at higher risk of covid-19. Based on what we know right now there does not seem to be any significant impact on fertility, long-term side effects are incredibly unlikely, this is not getting into the nucleus and changes DNA and there are some published studies that suggest that pregnant women are likely to transfer antibodies to protect their fetus. Certainly have seen that in women naturally infected and the hope is we'll see that in vaccinated women as well. This was important to you to get this out because on social media, a lot of women are very concerned. I get asked about this literally every day, robin. All right, Jen, thank you. You bet.

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