There’s been much speculation that COVID-19 vaccines might affect a man’s fertility. Though there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines impact fertility, there are recent studies suggesting that one potentially long-lasting consequence of having infection with the SARS Cov-2 virus (COVID-19 virus) affects male fertility adversely and may cause male infertility.
Recent studies on COVID-19 and male infertility.
After analysing seminal analyses of men who have had COVID-19, some men were shown to have a decreased sperm count.
The SARS Cov-2 virus has also been present in the testicles three months after the infection has cleared up.
Dr Clare Boothroyd comments, “It’s important to realise there’s more evidence coming out about how having the COVID-19 infection can impact male infertility, whilst there’s no evidence the vaccines impacts male fertility. The balance of evidence today would support young and older men wishing fertility in the future to bevaccinated, rather than infected. And of course, there is very good evidence that the severity of infection is reduced by the vaccines available to us currently.”
If you’ve had COVID-19, it’s important to seek help, especially if you’re in the reproductive years or wish to protect your fertility for the future,or already have a known sperm production problem.
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