Covid-19 Vaccination and Fertility Treatments

Dr. Aruna Ashok

Can couples undergoing fertility treatment get vaccinated?
As the government advices everyone to get vaccinated, the question that lingers in the minds of young couples is whether it is safe for the ones who are undergoing fertility treatments to get vaccinated.
The answer would be, Yes. A statement given by ASRM, ACOG AND SMFM states that there is no theoretical evidence that Covid vaccines are reducing or affecting fertility. There is also no evidence that proves that vaccines can induce any kind of fertility problems. It is important for couples undergoing fertility treatments to get vaccinated to prevent complications that may arise due to Covid infections.
What is the Government’s take on it?
The Government has undertook several researches on vaccination before recommending it to people. According to theoretical evidences, couples who are undergoing infertility treatments who have had their two doses of the vaccination were doing well without any issues. Although fertility was not specifically studied in Covid vaccines, the patients who have been registered for trials so far have not faced any kind of issues. A lot of women who were included in the study for vaccinations have gotten pregnant even after receiving their two doses.
Since the pandemic is escalating uncontrollably, couples are coming up with several doubts about their fertility treatments.
What if you test positive during your IVF treatment ?
1. You may test positive before the egg retrieval process. In such cases, your IVF cycle will be cancelled and you will be asked to wait for 28 days after you test negative to resume the cycle.
2. You may test positive after the egg retrieval process. In such cases, your embryos will be frozen safely for later use when you test negative.
If you and your partner test negative for Covid, you do not have to put your treatments on hold. Infertility treatments can be undertaken even if not vaccinated. But it is advisable to receive your two doses of vaccines before going ahead with your treatments. Because vaccination can prevent both mother and foetus in the future from contracting severe infection. If you are a couple undergoing infertility treatments, consult with your doctor and get vaccinated to reduce the risk of Covid infection.

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