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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.

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The COVID vaccine has caused a lot of concern in the public-- teens are now experiencing hesitation towards the vaccine due to a theory widely spread around the internet about the vaccine affecting their fertility in the future.

The COVID-19 vaccines were founded on a new mRNA platform, but they still work the same way that other vaccines work to help the body create a barrier of protection. Like all other immunizations that children have, COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any cellular abilities to alter the genetic make-up of a person-- so they won’t interfere with puberty, or fertility.

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.

The myth was sparked in December of 2020 when a German physician named Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg publicly expressed concern about a protein that is included in the mRNA of the vaccines that apparently was similar in structure to syncytin-1-- a protein that helps placenta develop during pregnancy.

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.

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Pregangny has been a topic of interest within the COVID vaccine testing process-- many scientists and doctors were aware of women becoming pregnant after receiving their vaccines, which goes against the theory that the shot will have negative affects on fertility rates.

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.

The mRNA of the vaccine is made out of nucleic acids, which are the building blocks to our cells-- and they also aren’t incorporated into anything.

The vaccine has become an important step to help prevent future COVID cases, spreading false rumors about fertility rates in teens will cause a fear in getting vaccinated that does not have a sound foundation.

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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