Being on the ground at vaccine clinics and other settings, I’ll note that a lot of fertility, pregnancy, and lactation questions and fears rise to the surface.
Fortunately no evidence of harms to fertility for men or women from Covid vaccines. cdc.gov/coronavirus/20…
There’s even this study looking at sperm parameters before and after vaccination jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/…
I joke around about a lot of things but given how tough it is for people to bring these concerns up without feeling embarrassed, this topic is not one of them.
Also, a lot of great conversations start from “my sister…” “my friend…” “my cousin’s coworker…” I mean, those are real data points to people. Maybe the association is spurious but it seems real and we can talk through that.

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