Concerns have been raised in young people over the possible negative effects related to fertility and the COVID vaccine. They are worried about the impact on their menstrual cycles, reproductive health and ability to conceive.
But are these concerns well-founded? Especially when they could be putting themselves at greater risk of becoming seriously unwell from the COVID virus?
COVID Vaccine Uptake
The COVID vaccine has been rolled out in the UK since the beginning of 2021. The vaccine was offered to individuals in relation to their risk category with healthcare workers and the elderly being offered the vaccine first before working it’s way down the age categories.
Data shows that there has been an increased level of reluctance from those aged under 30 to get their first jab compared to that of the older population. Figures show that in some large cities within the UK uptake of the vaccine is at just 50% for those aged 18 – 24.
Many young people have voiced that as they are young, fit and healthy they trust their immune system to beat the virus and would rather remain unvaccinated.
Health professionals believe that this misinformation needs to be addressed as there is no evidence to support the above claims.
Dispelling misinformation and informing the population about the risks and benefits of the COVID vaccination may be helpful in preventing unnecessary vaccine concerns. Moreover, this will help to aid successful vaccination efforts, especially for those who are most at risk of becoming seriously unwell if they contract the virus.
Fertility and the vaccine
Current advice states that people of reproductive age are advised to have their vaccine when they receive their invitation for uptake. This includes those who are actively trying to get pregnant.
For individuals who are undergoing infertility treatment, the advice is to delay the vaccine until a few days after receiving the jab. This is because many people experience mild side effects post-vaccine. For example, there may be tenderness at the injection site, fever, headache, muscle ache or feeling tired. Having both doses before fertility treatment begins also means being fully protected before becoming pregnant.
Pregnant women in the UK are also advised to have the COVID vaccine, preferably the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna mRNA vaccines. There is no evidence to suggest that these vaccines would be harmful during pregnancy. Also, neither of the vaccines contain live virus meaning there is no risk of contracting the virus from the vaccine.
There are currently no concerns relating to the COVID vaccine and infertility/pregnancy risk. What’s more, there are ongoing developments and studies to further improve knowledge in these areas.
If you still have concerns about the COVID vaccination and your fertility, our consultants at SureScan are here to help. We offer a comprehensive fertility health check and can offer reassurance scans during pregnancy. Get in touch to make an appointment and find out more.