Can the COVID-19 vaccine impact a man’s fertility? Dr. Parviz Kavoussi responds in the Austin American Statesman.

Although the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more widespread, there are still concerns that have arisen regarding it.  One concern is whether the vaccine may impact a man’s fertility in an adverse manner.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi was interviewed by the Austin American Statesman regarding this.  He states, “There is no data indicating that the vaccine should be bad for a man’s fertility, especially considering the mechanism by which these impressive mRNA vaccine’s work.  Sixteen percent of people may get a fever with the vaccine which can cause a temporary suppression of sperm production, just like any other illness or process that can cause a fever.  But it is temporary and sperm production will bounce back in that percentage of men.  On the other hand, there are some data indicating that some men who get COVID-19 viral infection can potentially have long term damage to the testicular cells. Like all things COVID, there is inconsistency, meaning that not all men who get COVID 19 will have this happen, but it can happen to some”.  The take home message is that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks when considering the current level of understanding.