Posted by: Support April 23, 2021 No Comments
Dr Elizabeth Foster, GP and Clinical Director, Oldham South PCN: Fertility

We understand misinformation has been circulating online about covid-19 vaccines and fertility may be putting some women off having the vaccine.

However, there is ‘no evidence’ that covid-19 vaccines can affect the fertility of women or men, says expert guidance from the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists and the British Fertility Society.

An article published in the British Medical Journal said: “There is absolutely no evidence, and no theoretical reason, that any of the vaccines can affect the fertility of women or men. People of reproductive age should get a covid-19 vaccine when they receive their invitation, including people who are trying to have a baby or thinking about having a baby in the future, the guidance says.

People undergoing fertility treatment (in vitro fertilisation (IVF), frozen embryo transfer, egg freezing, ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination, or using donated gametes) can be vaccinated during treatment, but may wish to consider the timing given the potential side effects in the few days after vaccination.

It may be sensible to separate the date of vaccination by a few days from some treatment procedures (for example, egg collection in IVF), so that any symptoms, such as fever, might be attributed correctly to the vaccine or the treatment procedure. www.oldham.gov.uk/vaccine

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