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Fighting Against Disinformation Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines

Metro Docs Weigh in on What You Need to Know

The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy called for a fight against social media disinformation regarding COVID vaccines. Providers are being censured by their accrediting boards for spreading false information. We will diligently provide up-to-date research from prestigious medical journals, well-designed peer-reviewed studies, and from consensus statements from our accrediting board ABOG/ABOOG and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

January ’22 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology has an excellent commentary piece on the importance of fighting disinformation with facts. We have summarized and responded to common myths in an easy-to-read format. You can also learn more by following us on social media and watching videos of Dr. Malayev explaining these studies and these consensus pieces.

COVID Vaccine Myths Debunked

  • Vaccines will make you infertile.
    • Studies have shown that of the 72 million plus women who have been vaccinated fully, only a small percentage had a temporary change in their menstrual cycle.
  • Vaccines will increase your miscarriage rate.
    • Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System miscarriage rate analysis published in NEJM showed a miscarriage rate of 12% in vaccinated populations, and a baseline rate of 10-26%.
    • Syncytin-1 placental protein reactivity with the COVID spike protein is not significant, and does not contribute to pregnancy loss
    • 2500 women who were vaccinated before conceiving or by 20 weeks gestation with mRNA vaccines did not show any increase in miscarriage.
    • Vaccines may lower your miscarriage rate, by preventing illness or preventing a progression to severe illness. COVID itself causes increasing morbidity/mortality during pregnancy.
  • Vaccine will accumulate in your ovaries.
    • Animal studies with rats, using higher amount of vaccine, showed lipid from the vaccine entering the ovary, but not affecting reproductive function
    • IVF patients were studied and their follicular fluid was unaffected in the setting of vaccination, and implantation rates were unchanged.
  • Vaccine side effects will be harmful to a developing fetus.
    • The rate of side effects in pregnant vs non pregnant individuals is the same
    • Animal reproductive toxicology studies did not show a link to fetal harm
    • Placental studies post vaccination did not show any abnormalities
    • Maternal antibodies will circulate by 5 days post vaccine, and cross to the placenta by 16 days post vaccine

To date, there is no scientific evidence linking infertility, lasting menstrual irregularity, or reproductive harm from COVID vaccination. We encourage you to ask your Metro Doc, go over whatever questions you have, and to read reputable literature, like from ACOG or the CDC.

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