I was surprised 🧐 when the vaccine came out for frontline HCW (healthcare workers) in December 2020 and the general public started claiming it caused sterility.
Let’s use common sense. 🧠
It takes 1–24 months 📆 to conceive before most providers start to investigate infertility.
It takes 40 weeks to carry a baby 🍼 to term.
Let’s average conception time to 12 months and add the gestation time of 9 months🤰 to = 21 months.
Covid REALLY started to hit the US hard about 18–19 months ago.
The vaccine was available to some of us 9–10 months ago but MOST of the women of childbearing age could not receive it until 5 months ago.
How can anyone claim infertility at this point in time? 🤔
I never say never because I am constantly learning in medicine. Every day I see something I never thought I would witness.
I have had pregnant women🤰contract Covid and pregnant women🤰receive the Covid vaccine. I have also seen pregnant unvaccinated women with Covid whose babies had to be delivered while mom was on the ventilator. My community just lost a 28 year-old mother of 3 who never got to know her newborn. 🥲
The American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine issued a joint statement encouraging the vaccine for all pregnant women🤰 in July 2021.
I recognize that I have the benefit of being "done" having my babies as I navigate this pandemic.
That fact is NOT lost on me.
I know young adults are faced with a very hard decision with such a new vaccine and their entire lives in front of them.
Early in the pandemic, I even advised some of my young, healthy patients to wait until we had more long-term data... that I saw no serious health risk if they were to contract covid.
2021 changed that. I have had YOUNG, healthy patients on the ventilator and near death.
I still believe it is a personal decision, but please be sure you are getting your information from reputable sources and people you trust. Much love...