CORONAVIRUS vaccines are being given out across the UK and experts are working their way through the most vulnerable in society.
The safety of vaccines for pregnant women has already be questioned, but others are concerned that the jab will leave them infertile.
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Social media is awash with vaccine misinformation and many women who have become eligible for the vaccine are now questioning whether or not they should have the jab.
Speaking to A Journalist, Dr Sarah Jarvis GP and Clinical Director of Patientaccess.com said there are no scientific mechanisms which would mean Covid vaccines aren’t safe for women who want to have a baby.
This counts both for women who are trying to get pregnant – or those who may be planning to have children later on in life.
Dr Sarah said: “There have been lots of myths circulating on social media about the Covid-19 vaccine and risks to women who are planning to get pregnant.
“But they’re just that – myths. Untrue scare stories about vaccines and fertility have been circulating for decades – for instance, in the 1990s a contraception trial in India used a protein similar to the one in tetanus toxin to carry the active contraceptive round the body. “
Dr Sarah said that at the time, people jumped to the conclusion that it was the tetanus-like protein that acted as a contraceptive, which it wasn’t and that the temporary contraception was the same as sterilisation and was completely reversible – like other forms of contraception.
These rumours, she said, have been repeated time and time again with different vaccines.
So far across the UK over 16.4 million people have received a first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech jab or the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, with over half a million having received a second dose.
Dr Sarah said the main trials for the current vaccines being rolled out didn’t include pregnant women for logistical reasons.
She said: “That means we don’t have specific proof of safety from the early trials – but this has been taken to mean they aren’t safe, which not the same at all.
“And it certainly doesn’t mean there is any issue for women who aren’t pregnant but plan to be.
“In fact, lots of vaccines are not only safe in pregnant women but actively recommended for them – flu and whooping cough vaccine are two examples”, she added.
Dr Sarah said that from a scientific perspective, there’s no mechanism that would allow the Covid-19 vaccine to have any effect on fertility.
“Given the higher risks of complications of Covid-19 in late pregnancy in some women, doctors are being encouraged to her their pregnant patients weigh up the risks and benefits of vaccination in pregnancy.
“In the meantime, trials in pregnancy are planned which should put these concerns to bed forever.”
Charity Tommy’s, that carries out research into pregnancy loss, said there are no reasons to suggest that the vaccine has an impact on fertility.
The charity states: “Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after having the vaccine.
“If you are eligible, getting vaccinated before you get pregnant will help prevent Covid-19 infection and its serious consequences”.
Dr Andrew Preston, from the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Bath, also recently said there is “no possible way” a vaccine could interfere with the reproductive system.
He says: “It’s like saying, ‘I heard if you have the jab your head will explode’ – there is just no basis to it. We know about immune responses.
“We know there is just nothing in it that remotely links it to damage to the reproductive system.”
Dr Edward Morris, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, agrees.
He says there is “no biologically plausible mechanism by which current vaccines would cause any impact on fertility”, adding that there is no data at all to support the claim.