BMJ Editorial Misrepresented to Falsely Claim COVID-19 Vaccine Affects Fertility

An editorial published in the BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) encourages researchers to investigate a potential link between COVID-19 vaccination and changes in menstruation. The editorial relies heavily on the U.K’s Yellow Card vaccine safety reporting system and clearly states that “Most people who report a change to their period after vaccination find that it returns to normal the following cycle and, importantly, there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination adversely affects fertility.” But that has not prevented bad actors from circulating the piece, which they incorrectly call a study, to resurface the myth that the vaccines affect fertility. 

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