Misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines is abundant. One of the most pernicious myths – that COVID-19 vaccines can cause infertility – may be deterring people from getting the vaccine. (Michael Beninati, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, already dispelled that myth on a recent episode of the Women’s Healthcast!)
Making up fertility concerns is a common anti-vaccination tactic, used against many other vaccines in the past. A story from PBS News Hour explained vaccine scare tactics and the overwhelming evidence for the safety of COVID vaccines. The story also cited another example of unfounded fertility concerns used to discourage vaccination: this paper by UW Ob-Gyn researchers that found no link between HPV vaccination and infertility. Laura Cooney, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Nicholas Schmuhl, PhD, formerly of the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, are co-authors.
Read the whole piece from PBS here!