OBGYN says there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccine causes infertility
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — From the beginning of the pandemic misinformation has been circulating about the virus and more recently the vaccine. Health care professionals have worked continuously to dispel any myths or rumors that pop up.
An OBGYN and Medical Director for Quality at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s Hospital at New Hanover Regional Medical Center is addressing a popular rumor on social media.
“Professional organizations, ACOG [American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists] and the CDC both are very clear about this,” Dr. Jeffrey Stinson said. “There’s no evidence that the vaccine causes infertility.”
The doctor says he’s not sure how the rumor got started. Some claim there are similar proteins in a woman’s placenta that could be attacked by antibodies in the vaccine.
“There is really no basis, theoretically, for those concerns and there’s no hard evidence that any of those things have happened,” Stinson said. “There is zero evidence that the vaccine causes any issue with the implantation of a fetus or any infertility issues at all. Also, there isn’t any evidence that it causes any problems with the sperm.”
The early data also suggests it does not affect pregnancies and Dr. Stinson says it possible that mothers who have been vaccinated could even transfer antibodies to their children when they breastfeed, which contributes to why Rachael Decaria decided to get her vaccine.
As a result of being a healthcare worker, Decaria was one of the first people eligible to receive the vaccine. She knew she and her husband were trying to have a second child, so she consulted her midwives at Coastal OB/GYN Specialists & Midwifery.
“They made my decision very easy because I put my trust in the professionals,” Decaria said. “What it came down to is it was far more dangerous for myself as a potentially pregnant woman to get the actual virus than to receive the vaccine.”
Decaria was unaware that she was pregnant at the time she received her first dose of the vaccine. After finding out she was expecting, she called her midwives yet again for more reassurance before getting her second dose.
“They assured me that as a healthcare worker too who is already at higher risk of contracting the virus, they assured me for sure but it was difficult just being a part of the first go-around of pregnant people to receive the vaccine,” she said.
As a mother of one, soon to be two, Decaria encourages people to their research on the vaccine. She emphasizes the importance of consulting professionals and reliable sources, not relying on posts on social media to be dependable information.
“There was definitely a little bit of uncertainty there because I am on social media,” Decaria said. “Although I’m a healthcare professional, it still has some kind of impact on how you receive that information subconsciously. It was difficult, but I’m very happy I did it.”
Adding that any additional protection for her baby is a positive thing, especially having another child in the house.
Acknowledging that long-term outcomes of the vaccine have not yet been studied because it is still very new, Dr. Stinson advises those with questions to reach out to their healthcare provider.