One of the concerns about the COVID 19 vaccine is whether it causes male infertility. Like many rumors about the vaccine, this is one that people can put to rest. If you’re concerned about fertility issues from the vaccine, there’s no reason to be. Research shows that the vaccines are safe and effective, and that they don’t have any effect on sperm count or motility, which are the two most important issues when male fertility is being considered.
What was noted, however, is that the COVID 19 infection can cause problems with male fertility. It lowers the sperm count, and may also contribute to problems with erectile dysfunction. Men who are hoping to conceive should get vaccinated, as it can reduce their risk of having problems with sperm counts and related conception issues. The vaccine creates an immune response in the body, but the spike proteins used are then destroyed. They aren’t staying around to cause problems with fertility, or other issues.
The CDC clearly addresses this issue on its website, and states that anyone, male or female, who’s trying to have a baby, should get vaccinated against COVID 19. Conceiving a child shortly after vaccination hasn’t been associated with any additional risk to the child or the parents, and there isn’t any evidence that the vaccines cause problems with fertility in men or women.
While it’s understandable that some people would be concerned about what the vaccine is putting into their bodies, there’s no evidence to support fertility risks. In order to protect their current and future health, the CDC recommends that all men get vaccinated, unless they have an allergy or medical condition that prevents them from doing so. The vaccine won’t affect whether or not they can conceive a child.
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