BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, people have spread misinformation about the virus and are now spreading fake news about the vaccine, claiming that it leads to infertility.

One false claim about the vaccine, according to a Louisiana fertility center, is that the COVID-19 vaccine may lead to infertility in women.

Physicians at Fertility Answers, which has offices in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, want to reassure women that there is no evidence suggesting the vaccine can impact women’s fertility. But since the coronavirus can cause long-term complications for pregnant women, doctors suggest women consider getting the vaccine, according to Fertility Answers spokesperson Amelie Storment.

Fertility Matters cited a 2021 statement from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine to further explain the evidence:

“As experts in reproductive health, we continue to recommend that the vaccine be available to pregnant individuals. We also assure patients that there is no evidence that the vaccine can lead to loss of fertility. While fertility was not specifically studied in the clinical trials of the vaccine, no loss of fertility has been reported among trial participants or among the millions who have received the vaccines since their authorization, and no signs of infertility appeared in animal studies. Loss of fertility is scientifically unlikely.”

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