With news of the FDA emergency use authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine, ASRM released a new statement from its COVID-19 Task Force, and joined with other OB/GYN organizations on a statement.
Click here for statement from American Society of Reproductive Medicine [ASRM] https://cutt.ly/vhKKOTD
The ASRM COVID-19 Task Force statement emphasizes the importance of shared decision making between patients and their physicians but is very clear that, “The Task Force does not recommend withholding the vaccine from patients who are planning to conceive, who are currently pregnant, or who are breastfeeding (1,2,3) and encourages patients undergoing fertility treatment to receive vaccination based on current eligibility criteria.”
The report also states that virus mitigation strategies, such as universal masking, physical distancing and reducing social interactions must be followed even though some people now have access to a vaccine.
In addition, the statement addresses head-on a piece of misinformation which has been circulated by antivaccine ideologues and states that the mRNA vaccines “are not thought to cause an increased risk of infertility, first or second trimester loss, stillbirth, or congenital anomalies.”
ASRM also joined with the American College of OB/GYNs, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the Society for Gynecological Oncology and the AAGL in a joint statement from the OB/GYN community. It too emphasizes access to the vaccine for pregnant and lactating women and the importance of decisions about the vaccine being made by patients and their physicians.
Fertility Treatments and COVID 19 Vaccine
We are all excited about the recent developments and promise regarding Covid 19 vaccines. These vaccines have not been extensively studied in pregnant women. However the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology [ACOG] is recommending that for Health Care Workers [HCWs] who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant the vaccine should not be withheld.
The vaccine may have side effects including chills, muscle aches, possible “fever” (3 % incidence of fever after first injection and 15 % incidence of fever after the second injection) lasting up to 3 days. If you chose to take the vaccine and develop a fever (100 degrees or higher); per CARS COVID 19 screening policy you will not be allowed in a CARS office as we will be unable to ascertain if the fever is the result of vaccine reaction or an actual COVID infection. This may result in your treatment and/or cycle being postponed or cancelled.
Therefore, it is ultimately your choice to take the Covid 19 vaccine during fertility treatment, however you must understand a possible reaction may be cause for us to postpone your treatment or cancel your cycle. Another choice for patient’s choosing to be vaccinated is to postpone fertility treatment until completion of the 2 step vaccine process. Thank you.