Pregnancy Should Not Be Planned In the First 6 Months after Vaccination – a Lie
None of the vaccine manufacturers claims that women should wait a while after vaccination before trying to conceive a baby. No official source of information recommends waiting between six months and two years after being vaccinated to plan pregnancy, as this Facebook post misinforms. This is neither stated in the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), nor in the recommendations of the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This data was not obtained even with any research done by a relevant medical institution. Such and similar posts claiming that vaccines cause sterility are just one of the ways in which anti-vaxxer movements try, through false information and intimidation, to persuade citizens not to get vaccinated.
A photo was shared on a Facebook post with a text in which without sources and evidence it is claimed that pregnancy should not be planned from 6 months to two years after vaccination. This is incorrect information. Official data point that the benefits of receiving the Covid-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy and that there is no evidence that the vaccines cause fertility problems in women or men.
For those who are planning pregnancy….
This is new information that they do not tell you and are afraid to tell?!?!
It is so harmful for everybody…
“Is it “methotrexate” and they are not allowed to get pregnant?” the post reads.
Of all the vaccines available in our country, only the manufacturer of the Russian vaccine “Sputnik” in the instructions for use states that it is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing mothers, but points out that no tests have been done for such cases:
The drug is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation, because its effectiveness and safety in these conditions have not been studied.
For other vaccines, there is no evidence that they are harmful, neither to the process of conception nor that they affect the fetus or the newborn baby in any way if the vaccinated mother is still breastfeeding.
From the vaccines available in our country, the Ministry of Health recommends “Pfizer” and the Chinese “Sinofarm” and “Sinovac”, which are safe for pregnant and lactating women.
None of the vaccine manufacturers claims that women should wait a while after vaccination before trying to conceive a baby. No official source of information recommends waiting between six months and two years after being vaccinated to plan pregnancy, as this Facebook post misinforms. This is neither stated in the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), nor in the recommendations of the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This data was not obtained even with any research done by a relevant medical institution.
On the contrary, all official institutions recommend vaccination of pregnant women, because the complications that can occur if a pregnant woman gets infected with Covid-19 are far greater than the risks of vaccines. From the beginning of the pandemic, we have witnessed that several mothers lost their lives due to coronavirus infection.
The WHO recommends vaccination of pregnant and lactating women, which are classified at risk for Covid-19, and does not recommend delaying or terminating a pregnancy after vaccination.
The CDC recommend that everyone over the age of 12 is vaccinated in the United States, including those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive now, or may become pregnant in the future. Pregnant women are more likely to become seriously ill with Covid-19 compared to those who are not pregnant.
Severe illness includes illness that requires hospitalization, intensive care, need for a ventilator or special equipment to breathe, or illness that results in death. Additionally, pregnant people with COVID-19 are at increased risk of preterm birth and might be at increased risk of other adverse pregnancy outcomes, compared with pregnant women without COVID-19.
Johns Hopkins University has come up with similar data, claiming that there is no reason to delay pregnancy planning after the vaccination process.
Women who are trying to conceive should not avoid pregnancy after vaccination, according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists from Great Britain. They added that vaccination before pregnancy would help prevent Covid-19 infection and its serious consequences.
In this way, without any solid evidence that can confirm that the claim is true, one gets the impression that this information was invented and published just to create panic and fear among the population, especially among young people who plan to expand the family in the near future.
In the announcement, the vaccine is compared with the drug “methotrexate” which is toxic, which should be handled by trained personnel and is used as a drug for many types of malignant tumors, as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
According to the instructions for use of this medicine, issued by the Ministry of Health, it is said that the medicine should not be given during pregnancy and breastfeeding and that three months before the planned pregnancy both the man and the woman should stop taking this medicine. Contraception should be used during treatment with this drug.
However, such a thing is not written in the instructions for use of vaccines. The many contraindications to methotrexate are clearly and transparently stated in its instructions for use. Each of the available vaccines against Covid-19 has instructions for use, but such warnings are not included.
Such and similar posts claiming that vaccines cause sterility are just one of the ways in which anti-vaxxer movements try, through false information and intimidation, to persuade citizens not to get vaccinated. Therefore, do not believe any information shared on social networks without solid evidence from relevant research and institutions.
This article has been produced as part of the Rapid Response to Vaccine Disinformation Project, implemented by the Metamorphosis Foundation. It was originally published in Truthmeter, and is made possible by the support of (BTD – The Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States). The content of this article is the sole responsibility of the author does not necessarily reflect the views of Metamorphosis, BTD or their partners.