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Does the COVID vaccine affect puberty or future fertility?

Pediatricians and other experts answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Pediatrician Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH explains that the COVID-19 vaccines will not affect puberty or future fertility.

A lot of parents have been very concerned about whether the COVID vaccines affect their child’s ability to go through puberty or their fertility long term. And, so it’s really important that everyone understands that we have now been looking at this closely and we don’t see any evidence that receiving a COVID vaccine affects a child’s puberty or their ability to reproduce or be fertile as they become adults.

There’s no evidence of that. There is evidence that actually being infected with COVID may affect people’s ability to be fertile or reproduce. Particularly in men, COVID infection is associated with certain forms of impotence, which can make it harder to have kids. And, so, preventing COVID infection can actually help protect people’s fertility as they prepare to have kids.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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