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Can the covid-19 vaccine cause infertility?

Concerns that the vaccine could cause infertility are unfounded and goes against current research, despite the fear-mongering going on in some parts of the world.

Looking to misguided advice given by celebrities and falling down the rabbit-hole of misinformation breeds vaccine hesitancy and fear, which can be extremely dangerous, and risk problems later on down the track.

Reliable research has shown that pregnant women are three times more likely to experience severe illness and require intensive care compared with women who are not pregnant if exposed to the covid-19 virus and are five times more likely to be hospitalised and requiring ventilation.

There is also currently no evidence that the vaccine causes a negative impact on fertility, pregnancy, or the development of the placenta.

Websites that provide the public with incorrect and inaccurate medical information tend to target people who are vulnerable, whether it be women who are currently pregnant and protective of their unborn babies, or people who are trying to fall pregnant and possibly trapped on the rollercoaster ride of fertility treatment.

Furthermore, once people read one article, it is possible for a website algorithm to send you down a rabbit-hole of misinformation which will continue to feed vaccination hesitancy.

It is essential that in order to get the correct and most accurate advice, people should refer to information from reputable websites such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), NSW Health and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

If this still casts doubt, making an appointment to speak to your trusted GP, your Fertility Specialist or Obstetrician is highly recommended rather than taking the advice from a stranger on the internet.

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Fertility First Research Team

Fertility First's Research Team doesn't just talk about the science behind fertility and reproduction, it lives and breathes it. Staffed by the doctors and scientists working behind the scenes at Fertility First, this team of dedicated embryologists, andrologists, and fertility experts collectively has over 40 years experience in the field.

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