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Pregnancy and travel, read this first.

By November 29, 2017Zika Virus

It’s the beginning of travel season and women are thinking about getting pregnant this upcoming year. We’ve gotten lots of questions about “when is it safe to get pregnant after travel to Zika endemic areas?” Here are the CDC guidelines.

If only the male partner travels to an area with risk of Zika The couple should consider using condoms or not having sex for at least 6 months

  • After the male partner returns, even if he doesn’t have symptoms, or
  • From the start of the male partner’s symptoms or the date he was diagnosed with Zika
If only the female partner travels to an area with risk of Zika The couple should consider using condoms or not having sex for at least 2 months

  • After the female partner returns, even if she doesn’t have symptoms, or
  • From the start of the female partner’s symptoms or the date she was diagnosed with Zika
If both partners travel to an area with risk of Zika The couple should consider using condoms or not having sex for at least 6 months

  • After returning from an area with risk of Zika, even if they don’t have symptoms, or
  • From the start of the male partner’s symptoms or the date he was diagnosed with Zika

The reason the wait time is different for men versus women is that Zika stays in the sperm longer.

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