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As we complete the second year and begin the third year (is it possible?) of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists and researchers have gathered more information and studies which support the safety and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination.

For those patients who may have had vaccine related concerns in regards to menstrual changes, infertility, or in patients who anticipate getting pregnant, who are pregnant, or are lactating, more studies are now being reported that directly address these issues.

Additionally, as mask mandates are being lifted in various parts of the United States and likely to soon to be lifted or modified in Illinois, special concerns are being expressed by many of our pregnant patients who work in occupations such as teaching or health care. For those with occupation concerns, recommendations will follow.

Below is a summary of various studies that provide updated information regarding COVID-19 vaccination.


Menstrual changes are temporary and limited after COVID-19 vaccination:

Potential Menstrual Changes Tied To COVID-19 Vaccination Typically Minor, Temporary, Studies Indicate   https://consumer.healthday.com/covid-vaccine-and-menstruation-2656475140.html

COVID-19 vaccination is not associated with infertility:

Why COVID Vaccines are Falsely Linked to Infertility:  https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20210112/why-covid-vaccines-are-falsely-linked-to-infertility

COVID-19 Vaccination Not Tied To Impaired Fertility In Women, Men, Study Suggests  https://news.bloomberglaw.com/coronavirus/covid-vaccines-have-no-impact-on-pregnancy-chances-study-finds

COVID-19 vaccinations are safe for patients attempting pregnancy via IVF:

Researchers Find No Associations Between Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines And Adverse Effects On Stimulation, Early Pregnancy Outcomes With IVF   https://www.healthline.com/health-news/covid-19-vaccines-dont-affect-fertility-for-people-undergoing-ivf-researchers-say

COVID-19 vaccinations are safe for use during pregnancy:

New CDC Data: COVID-19 Vaccination Safe for Pregnant People https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0811-vaccine-safe-pregnant.html

The American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) continues to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations for those patients anticipating getting pregnant, those who are already pregnant, and those who are lactating.  https://www.acog.org/news/news-releases/2021/07/acog-smfm-recommend-covid-19-vaccination-for-pregnant-individuals

EU regulator finds mRNA COVID-19 shots safe during pregnancy   https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/eu-regulator-finds-mrna-covid-19-shots-safe-during-pregnancy-2022-01-18/

COVID-19 vaccination provides safe protection to pregnant patients and their fetuses:

COVID-19 increases risk for preeclampsia in women with chronic diabetes, hypertension https://www.healio.com/news/womens-health-ob-gyn/20220216/covid19-increases-risk-for-preeclampsia-in-women-with-chronic-diabetes-hypertension

Pregnant People With COVID-19 More Likely To Have Adverse Birth Outcomes, Especially If Co-Infected With HIV, Study Finds  https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/croi/97250

Infants Born To Mothers Vaccinated With mRNA Vaccine During Pregnancy Less Likely To Be Hospitalized For COVID-19 In First Six Months Of Life, CDC Study Finds   https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/mm7107e3.htm?s_cid=mm7107e3_e&ACSTrackingID=USCDC_921-DM75768&ACSTrackingLabel=MMWR%20Early%20Release%20-%20Vol.%2071%2C%20February%2015%2C%202022&deliveryName=USCDC_921-DM75768#suggestedcitation


Studies show how fetus may be protected from COVID-19 infection during pregnancy:

Researchers Examine How Placenta Protects Fetus From SARS-CoV-2 In People With Active COVID-19 Infection During Pregnancy   https://consumer.healthday.com/b-2-2-how-the-placenta-shields-the-fetus-from-covid-19-2656519212.html 

Pregnant Women Transfer SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies To Their Babies, Study Indicates   https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/29/well/family/covid-antibodies-pregnant-newborn.html

As mask mandates begin to be lifted within the United States and likely to be modified or lifted in Illinois in upcoming weeks, a number of patients who are pregnant have expressed concern working in environments where unmasked people are present, such as in schools or health care related jobs. Pregnant patients who work in areas that have mask mandates lifted will obtain optimal protection by being fully vaccinated, wearing a mask, and observe social distancing.

Updated Research Studies and COVID-19 Vaccination Safety

February 24, 2022