Covid Vaccination and Fertility Fears #2
Following on from last weeks BLOG about what the science says, I was made aware of this well-researched article by a fellow TCM practitioner in Auckland, Dr. Jenny Li, B Acu, M HS, PhD Acu. I have a lot of respect for Dr Jenny and believe she has reputable sources and a non-biased approach. I pinky promise to always hear your fears and concerns and be open to an honest and knowledgeable conversation, as always. We are here for you more so than ever.
We have been asked numerous times about the influences of COVID vaccination on fertility, “is it safe for me to have the vaccination when trying to conceive?”, “how long should I leave the gap between vaccination and pregnancy?” and “will the vaccination harm my eggs and baby?”
I love the questions and I love these conversations. I know very few anti-vaccers just many women that want to be informed so they can best keep themselves and their family safe.
Don't ever feel you have to do anything blindly, keep asking, be curious, if anyone belittles or minimises your concerns, they do not have your best interests at heart.
" We have certainly been keeping our eyes on medical reports about this topic, in which one of the claims caught our attention. On a radio interview on 28th May 2021, an Associate Professor on Viral Immunology at the University of Guelph, Dr. Byram Bridle, claimed three assumptions:
1. The spike protein from SARS-CoV-2 alone is the main cause of blood vessel damage in COVID-19 patients.
2. The vaccine-derived spike protein damages the body in the same way as the spike protein produced during viral infection.
3. The vaccine-derived spike protein enters the bloodstream and accumulates at harmful levels in tissues, such as the spleen, bone marrow, liver, adrenal glands, and ovaries.
As to our concern of fertility preparation, the apparent harm of Covid vaccination comes from toxic reactions happening at the ovaries and blood vessels including the intra uterine vessels. Shortly after the interview, a number of medical professionals have denied the claims by research and social media infographics, as below:
1. Vaccination-generated antibody and/or exogenous antibody against Spike protein not only protects the host from SARS-CoV-2 infectivity but also inhibits Spike protein-imposed endothelial injury (Lei et al., 2021);
2. Most of the spike protein generated by vaccination remains at the injection site with very low levels in the blood (Ogata et al., 2021);
3. Spike proteins declined in the subsequent weeks of vaccination with the production of immunoglobulin G (IgG) and immunoglobulin A (IgA), and clearance of detectable SARS-CoV-2 protein was found after the second injection (Ogata et al., 2021);
4. Spike proteins from vaccinations do not cause the same damage as Covid-19 infections (Sabina, 2021).
The subsequent fact checks above further proved that spike proteins derived from the vaccine is harmless and do not impact fertility. According to the official announcement of Chinese National Health Commission on 21st August 2021, there were 1935.87 million doses of COVID vaccination administered in China (National Health Commission of China, 2021b), worldwide 32.4% of the population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 24.4% is fully vaccinated. 4.93 billion doses have been administered globally (Our World in Data, 2021) with negligible serious consequences.
The mRNA COVID vaccination appears to be incredibly safe, and it is officially recommended to women in preparations of fertility and during the pregnancy by the Chinese National Health Commission, which stated women are in no need of pregnancy delaying and termination after the vaccination (National Health Commission of China, 2021a). However, due to still being lack of data with long term tracking data, some professionals suggested to leave 3-6 months gap between the vaccination and fertility attempts. "
So, from what we know without the longitudinal studies (we just haven't had the time for data on long-term effects of these vaccines) they seem very safe. Indeed, some of the smartest scientists in the world are literally frothing at the mouth at how successful these vaccines are, and they don't have any ulterior motive.
Take care out there, this too shall pass.