Can the Covid-19 Vaccine Cause Infertility?

The misconception that vaccines can cause infertility isn’t entirely new. And with the prevalence of Covid-19, this fear is more common than ever. Our experts Dr. Sneha Varahala, Pharm.D and Dr. Sunitanarra Reddy, ID specialist, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad answer your queries below.

By Dr. Sneha Varahala and Dr. Sunitanarra Reddy
19 Jun 2021


Q. Some people are suggesting that women should not get the jab as it may cause fertility issues in the future, is it true?
No, vaccines do not cause fertility issues, but scientists do suggest that if you’re undergoing fertility treatment, you might want to consider the timing of COVID-19 vaccines. So that there’s no confusion over whether any symptoms, such as fever, are side effects of the vaccine or fertility treatment procedures.


Q. Can couples going through IVF get vaccinated?
Yes, the MRNA SARS-CoV-2 vaccine does not impact patients’ performance or ovarian reserve. In the immediate subsequent IVF cycle, the vaccine does not affect the patient’s?health?or the baby’s health. However, it is best you do not take the vaccine during procedures like egg pick up or embryo transfer as fever after the vaccine may be confused with fever because of the procedure.


Q.The date of my IUI fertility treatment is in a week. Can I take my second dose after that?
If you are undergoing fertility treatments, the current recommendation is to continue the treatments and to get vaccinated. Speak with your physician and/or fertility specialists to make the decision that is best for you.


Q. How long should we wait for pregnancy planning post-vaccination?
Current recommendations say there is no reason to delay conception. If you become pregnant after receiving your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should not delay getting the second booster dose as scheduled.?


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