University of Miami Researches Suggest Men May Want to Freeze Sperm Before COVID Vaccine
Just to be on the safe side you see
The University of Miami is investigating the possible effects of the coronavirus vaccine on male fertility.
Lead researchers Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, a reproductive urologist with U Health, initiated an earlier study which found the virus was present in the testicles for up to six months following infection.
That spurred his team to question the virus’ effect on sperm and reproduction.
His team is now looking at the potential impact of the vaccine as well.
“We’re evaluating the sperm parameters and quality before the vaccine and after the vaccine. From the biology of the COVID vaccine we believe it shouldn’t affect fertility but we want to do the study to make sure that man who want to have kids in the future to assure them it’s safe to go ahead and get the vaccine,” Ramasamy said.
Study participants must have a fertility evaluation before receiving the vaccine.
To protect fertility, some men may want to consider freezing their sperm prior to vaccination.
Source: Local 10
Earlier in November…
Researchers are looking into whether the coronavirus can be transmitted during sex or affect male fertility.
A new study found COVID-19 in the testicle tissues of men who had the virus, and some men aren’t taking any chances.
“We are getting concerns and questions from men about – ‘Doc, is this going to affect my future fertility? Am I transmitting this virus if it is present in the semen?’” said Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, director of reproductive urology at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami.
Ramasamy’s patients are doing more than just asking questions – they’re taking action.
“We actually have requests from young men and some older men who actually want to freeze their sperm before they get COVID.”
The worry is spurred on by the doctor’s latest research. His study found the virus along with inflammation inside the testes of men who died from COVID-19.
He also biopsied the testes of a man who only had mild symptoms and recovered. The virus was found there as well.
“I’m fairly certain, just like mumps, about 20 to 30% of men are going to have some sort of affected fertility in their future,” Ramasamy said.
He said the findings also mean COVID-19 could be sexually transmitted. To know for sure, more research is needed.
What he does know is that if men have concerns, “address this sooner rather than later.” Meet with a doctor and start asking questions now.
In another study, Ramasamy examined the sperm of 30 men for up to 60 days after COVID-19 infections. He said 19 of them had very low counts; a follow-up exam showed the numbers bounced back.