Yale Medicine Doctors Explain How Getting Sick With COVID-19 Affects Male and Female Fertility

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NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (WTNH) – New data is emerging on the impact of the COVID-19 contraction on male and female fertility.

Dr Amanda Kallen is a fertility specialist at Yale Medicine and is 36 weeks pregnant herself. She is fully vaccinated and recently received her vaccine booster.

She said doctors are seeing fertility issues in women who have fallen ill with COVID-19.

“Systemic infection or severe infection throughout the body can cause cycle problems, ovulation problems, severe stress associated with the disease can cause menstrual cycle problems,” Dr. Kallen said.

COVID-19 is very dangerous in women who are already pregnant.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in August showed that women with COVID-19 had increased mortality, a need for intubation and ventilation, and admission to an intensive care unit.

Dr Kallen said getting the vaccine protects both mother and baby.

Data is also emerging on men who have had moderate to severe cases of the virus.

Dr. Stanton Honig is the Director of Male Urology at Yale Medicine.

“The COVID virus, like any virus, whether it is the flu or a high fever, can affect sperm production,” Dr Honig said.

He said it could lead to a drop in sperm production around three months after a moderate to severe COVID infection and most of the time the levels rebounded.

Dr Honig pointed out that the COVID vaccine is found to have no effect on sperm count. He relayed good data from a study.

“The quality of the sperm before the vaccine, then the quality of the sperm after the vaccine, about two or three months after the second vaccination and there was no difference in the quality of the sperm,” he said.

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