The focus of efforts to prevent the coronavirus pandemic is the Covid-19 vaccine. However, especially expectant mothers who are considering in vitro fertilization treatment may experience anxiety about getting vaccinated, thinking that it may harm their reproductive organs. Experts, on the other hand, recommend that expectant mothers to be vaccinated before IVF treatment.
Stating that Covid-19 increases vital risks during pregnancy, experts note that there should be no uneasiness about the vaccine. Gynecology, Obstetrics and Reproductive Health Specialist Assoc. Dr. Nicel Taşdemir suggested that the Covid-19 vaccines should be completed before starting the IVF treatment, and said, “We recommend that the expectant mothers who will start IVF treatment should have the Covid-19 vaccine. Because Covid-19 is a viral infection that damages the reproductive system. It can affect sperm and egg cells. While the virus reduces sperm count and motility, the vaccine has a positive effect. Therefore, it is important to prevent the disease with vaccination. Available data show that the Covid-19 vaccine during pregnancy does not increase the risk of miscarriage. Vaccination before or during pregnancy is the best way to reduce maternal/fetal complications.
Reminding that in vitro fertilization treatments were stopped in the early stages of the pandemic, Taşdemir continued as followed:
“We started to continue in vitro fertilization treatments in the later period of the pandemic. With the emergence of the vaccine, an important step has been taken in the fight against the virus. The subject of vaccination has always been a matter of curiosity in couples undergoing IVF treatment and in patients who became pregnant. Some women had concerns such as ‘Does our reproductive health deteriorate when we get vaccinated?’, ‘Will there be infertility?’, ‘Is there any deterioration in ovarian or testicular functions?’.
However, studies conducted to date have shown that Covid-19 is actually a viral infection that damages the reproductive system. Unfortunately, it emerged as an infection that increases life-threatening risks in pregnant women.”
“VACCINE PROTECTS CANDIDATES”
Dr. Taşdemir stated that for expectant mothers who were not vaccinated before in vitro fertilization treatment, they can also be vaccinated in the interim periods of treatment, and said, “We recommend that they complete the vaccination procedures in order to be prepared for the pregnancy process and then start in vitro fertilization treatment. In this way, we prevent them from having a negative experience during their pregnancy. We think that vaccination of pregnant women will protect the baby against viral infection to a certain extent.”