There is so much information available about the coronavirus and its vaccine, yet what seems to get shared most is the wrong information.

RUMOR: VACCINES AND INFERTILITY

One of the rumors that is being shared is that the coronavirus vaccine is causing infertility in women. I personally know someone who is employed in the health care field who is trying to conceive a child, and she has put off getting the vaccine because of fertility concerns.

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

I am 100% in favor of people asking questions to make certain that ANY medical treatment or procedure is right for them as an individual. The issue I am having with this is that some people are just going by what they are seeing online: posts from their friends or family who are not experts on the subject, or politically leaning posts from people who are (also) not experts on the subject.

ASK THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Of those I feel comfortable enough with to have a conversation about why they haven't received the vaccine, the majority of them admitted to me that they did NOT speak with their primary care physician (or any physician, for that matter) about whether the vaccine was right for them. They referred me to posts they had read on social media as the basis for their decision to not receive the vaccine.

"Being dead makes you infertile, 100%" - Dr. Brit Hebert, TikTok

VOICE OF REASON

One local voice of reason has been Dr. Brit Hebert. She has taken to social media to dispel rumors about the coronavirus and the coronavirus vaccine.

THE SCIENCE: VACCINES AND FERTILITY

On the Lafayette Coronavirus Updates Facebook Page this morning, Dr. Hebert posted a short (less than 3 minutes) TikTok video that addresses the rumors that the coronavirus vaccines affect fertility in women.

Dr. Hebert posted the video as part of a video series she calls "TikTok a Day to Keep Coronavirus Away" and, in that series, she addresses a different topic each time. In this video, she addresses the origins of this "false fear" about the vaccine and its effects on fertility.

...anything you are afraid of with the vaccine, COVID the virus is doing it to a lot of people a lot worse and in actuality in some cases where the vaccine can not at all. - Dr. Brit Hebert, TikTok

 

HOW DID THE RUMORS BEGIN?

It appears that one of the origins of the rumor came after an epidemiologist posted a theory "with no evidence to back it up in real life", and people started sharing this theory like wildfire.

The other "false fear" that is helping to spread this rumor is that women were reporting changes in their periods after receiving the vaccine. Dr. Hebert explains why this is normal and, usually, no cause for alarm.

Vaccines have never been shown to affect fertility. Never. - Dr. Brit Hebert via TikTok

Dr. Hebert then goes on to explain the issues with periods/fertility that patients are experiencing for months after contracting the coronavirus.

WHAT IS THE FINAL WORD ON THE VACCINE AND FERTILITY?

To use Dr. Hebert's words: "Vaccines have never been shown to affect fertility... COVID the virus CAN affect fertility... Being dead makes you infertile, 100%". She also goes on to explain how other damage that COVID wreaks on the body can make pregnancy unsafe.

Dr. Hebert, thank you for being a calm, level-headed, science-based voice of reason in this world of disinformation. Acadiana is a better place with you in it.

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