Fertility and the COVID-19 Vaccine
The vaccines do not impact your ability to get pregnant. There is no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men. However, it is possible that getting COVID-19 can make it harder to get pregnant. There is no need to wait or avoid pregnancy after being vaccinated.
It’s true for fathers, too. The Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU) recommends that men who want to be fathers should be encouraged to get vaccinated. In fact, recent studies have shown that getting infected with COVID-19 increases the risk of developing erectile dysfunction (ED) by nearly six times.
Breastfeeding and the COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people who are breastfeeding. In addition, everyone who is age 18 and older, including those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future, should get a booster shot.
The vaccines can’t give COVID-19 to you or the baby. COVID-19 vaccines cannot cause COVID-19 infection in anyone, including a breastfeeding or pregnant mother or the baby, and vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 in people who are breastfeeding.
The vaccines produce antibodies in breastmilk. Recent reports have shown that breastfeeding people who have received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have antibodies in their breastmilk, which could help protect their babies. More data are needed to determine what level of protection these antibodies may provide to the baby.
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