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Will the Covid Vaccine Influence Teen Fertility in the Future?
July 14, 2021
After concerns were spread in late December 2020 about the COVID-19 vaccine and fertility, the public (especially young teens), face uncertainty about getting vaccinated against the virus.
Doctors struggled to inform the public about this rumor as the public took to the internet to talk about their mistrust of the vaccine which only further encouraged this belief to take hold.
In this article, we are going to be discussing the science that makes this theory untrue-- so, be sure to stick around if you find yourself concerned about fertility rates being affected by the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Science that Makes this Theory Untrue
When asked about this theory scientists were quick to debunk any evidence used to prove the COVID vaccine caused infertility.
COVID-19 vaccines are different from other vaccines you may have experienced in the past because rather than use a weakened or killed virus used to activate the body’s natural ability to create deferenses, they don’t use the virus at all. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use small bits of that genetic material we previously mentioned called mRNA, which is similar to an instruction manual because it tells your cells to make a protein normally found on the outside of the virus. This naturally activates your immune system to help protect you if you are ever exposed to the virus in the future.
What really happens with the vaccine is the mRNA teaches our cells how to make a protein, or part of a protein, that then triggers an immune response. That immune response then produces the antibodies that are needed to protect us from viral infection. The important part is that that genetic material is discarded once our immune system has been activated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that those who would like to become pregnant don’t need to avoid the vaccines-- they also state there is no evidence that supports the theory relating to infertility from the vaccines.
It is understood, and has been studied, that during the clinical trials for the vaccine several people had become pregnant. This suggests that the vaccine did not cause infertility. Over 100,000 pregnant people have been vaccinated against the Coronavirus.
Ultimately, if the coronavirus vaccines were to interfere with teen’s development, or their fertility, the vaccine would need access to their DNA, which just doesn’t happen.
Based on these facts and clinical trials on pregnant women, scientists and doctors understand that the vaccines cannot impact fertility for teens down the road. There is no evidence backing the theory that the hormones associated with puberty can be impacted, or cause more intense side effects than what has been felt by adults.
Pregnant women however need to be wary of getting the Coronavirus because the way their body is changing. During pregnancy, the immune system is much lower than normal, meaning the body is more susceptible to harmful illnesses. Because of this, it has been recommended that women who are pregnant should get vaccinated in order to avoid any complications with their pregnancy because of the virus.
Overall, it is important for young people to feel comfortable in getting vaccinated against the Coronavirus because there is no evidence to support the myth that the vaccine will cause infertility.
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