Do COVID-19 vaccines adversely affect fertility? In December 2020, there was misinformation via a post on social media, which falsely claimed that COVID-19 vaccines negatively impact fertility. The theory, which has been shown to be untrue, was that the antibodies generated by the COVID-19 vaccination would not only defend the body against the spike protein of the SARS-COV2 virus, but also would attack a specific placental protein called synctitin-1; however, studies have shown that the SARS-COV-2 virus spike protein and synctitin-1 do not share the same amino acid sequence. In addition, preliminary data from the V-safe registry, presented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting on March 1st, 2021, as of February 16th, 2021, over 30,000 pregnant women received either Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations and results were reassuring as there were no differences in the incidence of reported local or systemic reactions between pregnant and non-pregnant women after both Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses and after the first Moderna vaccine dose. The V-safe Pregnancy Registry data also showed lower rates of miscarriage, stillbirth, gestational diabetes, eclampsia, or fetal intrauterine growth restriction. amongst women who received COVID-19 vaccinations when compared with background rates.
In a joint statement last month, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine indicated that although fertility was not specifically studied in the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, there has been no report of loss of fertility among trial participants or among the millions who have received these vaccines. Furthermore, no signs of infertility appeared in animal studies. Therefore, the loss of fertility is scientifically unlikely.
Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi was interviewed by KEYE CBS anchor Melanie Torre regarding COVID-19 vaccines and fertility. Watch the video below.