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Can I still get pregnant after getting the covid-19 vaccine?

Absolutely! Reliable research from large cohort studies has found there is no increased risk of side effects among pregnant women who have received their covid-19 vaccine and none of the covid-19 vaccine currently approved or under review from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) cause infertility or sterilisation.

One common piece of information circulating is that the covid-19 vaccine can alter your DNA, which is incorrect. The advanced technology in mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer and Moderna give your body instructions on how to make the coronavirus spike protein and teaches your immune system what to do to help protect your body if you were to encounter the virus.

The mRNA cannot insert itself into your DNA for two reasons:

Firstly, the molecules have different chemistry. If this was possible, and mRNAs could randomly insert themselves into your DNA, this would scramble your genome and pass this onto future cells and generations, which would result in lifeforms being unable to survive.

Secondly, mRNA and DNA occur in two different parts of our cells (mRNA exits in the cytoplasm and DNA exists in the nucleus) and there are no transporter cells known to science that can carry mRNA into the nucleus.

According to RANZCOG, global evidence has shown that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe for pregnant women and women who are trying to conceive. In fact, the information published this year by the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists and the British Fertility Society was released amidst concerns that misinformation circulating was causing vaccine hesitancy amongst women looking to fall pregnant.

Kamlesh Khunti, professor of primary care diabetes and vascular medicine at the University of Leicester stated that “There is absolutely no evidence, and no theoretical reason, that any of the vaccines can affect the fertility of women or men”.