Pregnancy & Fertility
- Who can I talk with about vaccines and pregnancy?
- Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I am trying to get pregnant?
- Can the vaccines affect your fertility?
- What if I’m hāpai (pregnant)?
- Who recommends vaccines for pregnant women?
- Can pregnant women with gestational diabetes get a second COVID booster shot?
- I received my first vaccine shot before learning I was pregnant. Should I still get the second shot?
- Should I get a booster shot if I am pregnant or after giving birth?
- Will getting vaccinated protect my baby, too?
- If I’m pregnant, can my baby get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
- Is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine safe for pregnant women?
- What if I am breastfeeding?
- If I am breastfeeding, can being vaccinated infect my baby?
The COVID-19 vaccines can affect a woman’s fertility.
This rumor started after a report claimed inaccurately that the spike-shaped protein on this coronavirus was the same as another protein called syncytin-1 that is involved in the growth and attachment of the placenta during pregnancy. It was quickly debunked as false by the scientific community, but had already been widely circulated on social media. The messenger RNA in these vaccines doesn’t even make it into the center of your cells, where your DNA is kept, and there is no evidence at all that the vaccine affects fertility.
Boston University: https://www.bu.edu/articles/2021/myths-vs-facts-covid-19-vaccine/