COVID-19 Vaccinations information for women of reproductive age
COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Women of Reproductive Age
BPAS is aware that misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines is circulating – and some women were concerned that vaccination may put their future fertility at risk. This is not the case.
We put this factsheet together to address some of the concerns and misconceptions about the vaccines.
The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency(MHRA).
Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. Safety data has been gathered from trials involving participants from diverse racial, ethnic and geographic groups.
Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
So far, millions of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clots, have been very rare.
There is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility, and no biologically plausible mechanism by which current vaccines would impact upon your fertility.
There is no reason to delay your abortion if you are due to receive the vaccine, and no reason to delay your vaccine to have an abortion. As long as you feel well enough to have the vaccine or have an abortion, there is no evidence to suggest either need to be delayed.
The latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation(JCVI) is that COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to pregnant women at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group. Evidence so far reviewed by the MHRA has raised no concerns about safety in pregnancy. Women who were vaccinated before they knew they were pregnant should not be alarmed. If an unplanned pregnancy is otherwise wanted, there is no reason to consider termination due to vaccination before a pregnancy was recognised.
The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health recommends that women using combined hormonal contraception (CHC) users attend for vaccination when it is offered, and do not delay it to wait for a specific type of vaccine.Combined hormonal contraception users should not stop using their contraceptive pill, patch or vaginal ring when they are called for vaccination if they are happy with their method of contraception. Use of CHC carries an increased risk of thrombosis but that risk needs to be considered in the context of the considerable benefits. The risk of thrombosis while using CHC is considerably lower than the risk in pregnancy but alternative contraceptive methods can be chosen.
The vaccines do not contain any meat derivatives or porcine products or material of foetal or animal origin.
If you need further information or have any concerns about the vaccine, talk to your GP as soon as you can.