Those clients who are going through fertility treatment, or about to start treatment, may be wondering about the safety of being immunised against COVID-19. We know that this will be of particular interest to those working in sectors which have made vaccinations mandatory, and if fertility treatment fits the criteria for medical exemption.
Based on international research, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine effects fertility so fertility treatment can continue during immunisation. Therefore, unless there is a health concern, our advice is not to delay vaccination.
In a release on 13th July 2022, RANZCOG (Royal Australian & NZ College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) has advised:
Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to delay vaccination or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination.
Pregnant women have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Their babies also have a higher risk of being born prematurely.
COVID-19 vaccination significantly reduces the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19. Vaccination also reduces your risk of transmitting the virus to others, including to infants.
COVID-19 vaccination may provide indirect protection to babies by transferring antibodies through the placenta (for pregnant women) or through breastmilk (for breastfeeding women).
Pregnant women in Aotearoa New Zealand are a priority group for COVID-19 vaccination and should be routinely offered up to 3 doses the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) as this is the preferred vaccine for pregnant women in New Zealand.
Read full details of their current vaccine guidelines HERE.
For specific information about the impact of the COVID-19 vaccination on the quality and rhythm of egg, sperm and menstrual cycle, see this article from The Immunisation Advisory Centre: Can mRNA COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility or affect future babies?
Evidence shows there is no biologically plausible reason why this vaccine could have any effect on our genes or fertility and there is strong evidence it does not.
We have a Q&A on our website with your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine answered, click to view here.
We know this will be a personal decision and we encourage you to discuss any concerns. If you have any queries about the COVID-19 vaccine and your treatment, please email or call 0800 483 105 and talk to your nursing team.
Dr Devashana Gupta