Covid Vaccine, fertility and pregnancy
Coronavirus Update: July 28th 2021
We would like to provide our patients with the latest information about the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine in those planning to conceive as well as those already pregnant. If you are trying to conceive, the latest scientific studies are very reassuring, showing that no evidence that the Covid-19 vaccines could negatively impact your fertility.
The British Fertility Society and Association of Reproductive Clinical Scientists
The British Fertility Society and Association of Reproductive Clinical Scientists have just published a very useful FAQ document in response to questions that patients have been asking about Covid-19 vaccines and fertility:
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
Studies recently published in June 2021 in Nature and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Journal, support the safety of the vaccine in women trying to conceive or having assisted reproduction and we would advise you to get the vaccine to protect you from Covid-19 if you are offered it.
There is also no reason to delay your fertility treatment after either the first or second dose of the vaccine and the second dose can be safely taken when you are pregnant. As the vaccine can cause some mild to moderate side-effects in some individuals for a few days, it is sensible to delay starting any fertility treatment for about a week after having either the first or second dose of the vaccine so you embark on treatment feeling at your best. Here is the link to the Covid Vaccine and fertility ASRM paper.
The two key take home messages published by the ASRM following this paper are:
‘In women, seropositivity to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein — whether from vaccination or COVID infection — does not prevent embryo implantation or early pregnancy development’.
“We hope that all reproductive-aged women will be more confident getting the COVID-19 vaccine, given Dr. Morris’s findings that the vaccine does not cause female sterility.”
Guidance from The Agora Clinic
Freedom Day July 19th and beyond at the Agora
After careful consultation with our staff and Consultant Microbiologist, we have decided not to made any changes to our current Covid Policy to ensure the continued safety of our staff and patients.
- We welcome all patients without the need for self-isolation before treatment.
- We do ask you to wear a mask for all your appointments and we will continue to check everyone’s temperature on arrival.
- We ask all patients to self-test for Covid-19 at home before their first appointment using the home lateral flow test provided through the Government website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/ and then to test twice weekly once on treatment.
- Please do not bring any children with you to your appointments as we need to minimise the number of people in our waiting areas and reduce the risk of infection.
- You and your partner will both be able to attend for intrauterine insemination and embryo transfer appointments as well as early pregnancy scans as long as you are both testing twice weekly for Covid.
- Remember to stay safe at all times to reduce your risk as well as that of others attending the Agora.
We are known for our excellent patient support and know that right now this is more important than ever. We have adapted many of our patient support options to the ‘virtual’ social distancing measures imposed upon us.
We are offering virtual Patient Support sessions, counselling through Skype as well as weekly Q & A with myself through our closed Facebook Group, Agora Friends.
- If you are already a patient, we continue to respond to your questions through our various channels, including the Salve App and Agora Friends (please message us if you want to find out how to join our closed Facebook group Agora Friends).
- Our Counsellors Malcolm and Heather are available for counselling support through telephone or skype.
- We are offering regular ‘Virtual Patient Support’ sessions (please email mmgu@agoraclinic to book in)
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