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American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends women have COVID vaccine

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine(ASRM) has re-affirmed its recommendation to US women trying to conceive to have the COVID-19 vaccine

In a statement released this week (January 25, 2021) the society said it recommended the vaccine to anyone hoping to conceive to minimise their risk or that of the pregnancy.

There have been many rumours and scaremongering online about the safety of the vaccine for women who are pregnant or currently trying to conceive.

In the UK this has been dismissed by the chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty and he said there is no evidence to support any of the statements made about the vaccine having an effect on fertility.

The ASRM said their advice further advances its position in December, which stated: ‘the task force does not recommend withholding the vaccine from patients who are planning to conceive, who are currently pregnant, or who are lactating’.

This position is consistent with the Advisory Committee for Immunisation Practices of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

The statement reads: “In a report, we published last December, we emphasised that a shared decision-making model should be used by patients and physicians as they evaluate whether a specific patient should seek to be vaccinated.

“Given the challenges in enrolling pregnant women in prospective clinical vaccine trials, definitive data are not currently available.

“However, after again carefully considering the existing data relating to the dangers of COVID-19 during pregnancy, the risks of the mRNA vaccines from Moderna or Pfizer, and our understanding of the underlying biological mechanisms involved, we stand by our recommendation that pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant should be vaccinated.”

Do you live in the US? Are you having fertility treatment? Will you have the COVID vaccine? We’d love to hear your story, email mystory@ivfbabble.com




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