This is indicated by a study conducted by the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and the Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine (IBYME) in Buenos Aires, which analyzed samples from 34 healthy patients and 46 recovered COVID-19 patients. had gone. asymptomatic or with mild symptoms. The analyzes were based on follicular fluid, the fluid that surrounds the oocyte.
“(…) our results describe for the first time that SARS-CoV-2 infection negatively affects the follicular microenvironment and, therefore, deregulates ovarian function,” the study states.
In a second analysis, it was found that samples from people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 presented “greater genomic damage in ovarian and endothelial cell cultures”.
The researchers also stimulated the culture of human ovarian cells with follicular fluid and found that women who had COVID produced lower levels of three markers favoring pregnancy.
Samples from women infected with COVID had contracted the virus two to nine months before the study and were not vaccinated in any case.