COVID vaccine does not impair fertility, but COVID infection may

A new study suggests that there is no link between the COVID-19 vaccine and reduced chances of getting pregnant.

The news: A new study – published Thursday in the American Journal of Epidemiology – showed that couples had a lower chance of conception if the male partner became infected with coronavirus within 60 days.

Details: The study included more than 2,000 couples.

  • Female study participants completed a questionnaire about their income and level of education, lifestyle, medical history, and more.
  • Participants were also asked, “whether they were vaccinated against COVID-19 and whether they or their partners had ever tested positive for SARS-CoV-2,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

Quote: “These results indicate that male SARS-CoV-2 infection may be associated with a short-term decrease in fertility and that COVID-19 vaccination does not impair the fertility of any of the partners,” the researchers wrote in the study, per CNN.

  • “This adds to the evidence from animal experiments, studies of people undergoing fertility treatment, and the COVID-19 vaccine trials, none of which found an association between COVID-19 vaccination and lower fertility,” the researchers wrote.
  • “Similarly, several studies have not documented any significant association between COVID-19 vaccination and abortion risk.”

Why it’s important: Questions about the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on fertility and conception have existed since the vaccine was announced. This recent study suggests that there is no link between fertility problems and the vaccine.

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