Post # 1
I am planning on taking out my IUD a week and a half before my wedding. There are a host of reasons, mostly that I will be turning 26 and will be booted off of my parents insurance the week before, and my IUD is incredibly expensive to take out. My parents insurance would cover all of this cost. They are aware of my plans and reasons so please do not think I am trying to “take advantage” of them. I know I will bleed after and have my first period since 2014 (cries inside) and am trying to time it accordingly so that I will NOT be on my period two weeks later when we go on our honeymoon. My Fiance is 10 years older than me with no kids and desperately wants them, so we met in the middle. We time it so that I am out of school when the baby comes and I will have them before I am 30 (which was my original plan). We are marrying in NOV of 2018 and I will graduate in May of 2019, so even if I were to get pregnant immediately I would not actually have the baby until after graduation.
Here’s the problem: every place we want to honeymoon (or is within the budget) has the zika virus. I wanted to go somewhere tropical and all-inclusive for under 3k collectively for 6 nights… preferably less. I thought about taking the pill for the 8 weeks following our vacation but then found out that it is actually 6 MONTHS! That is kind of a big deal. I was also worried that since my IUD has no hormones that switching to something with hormones would make it much harder to conceive in the long run.
I am left with two options, wait the six months, or spend more money to go somewhere else…
Has anyone else been in a similar situation… what was your work around?
Post # 2
Two tropical places that have been removed from the CDC Zika banned travel list – Bermuda and Cayman Islands. I know there are a couple of all inclusives on Grand Cayman, just be on the lookout for the right deal.
ETA: If you do end up booking one of these spots, maybe look into trip insurance in case you have to cancel should Zika ends up on one of these islands again?
Post # 3
I would make it a priority to go somewhere that isn’t flagged for Zika.
Post # 4
We’re in a similar boat with the honeymoon planning and Zika. I desperately wanted to go to the Caribbean on an all inclusive, but the risk just wasn’t worth it to me. I’m 35 and we’re planning to TTC on the honeymoon (waiting 6 months is really not an option). We looked at an all inclusive in Bermuda, but the supplement was more than what we wanted to spend (and likely more than what we would actually eat/drink!). Ultimately, I think we’re going to go with a beach resort in the states and forgo the all inclusive option. It’s not ideal, but it was a good compromise that we’re both happy with.
On an unsolicited side note – I had my IUD taken out in October and had heavy heavy bleeding for three weeks. I was miserable. Realizing it’s different for everyone, it is just something to think about. I wouldn’t want you to be miserable on your wedding day. Perhaps allow yourself a month or two to regulate and use other methods of protection in the meantime?
Post # 5
I’d either use birth control (either pill, iud, or condoms) for the 6 months or go somewhere else. A different trip, getting your iud out after your wedding, or switching bc might be expensive but it’s no where near as expensive as the possible medical costs for a child with microcephaly.
In case you are worried, using birth control pills does not affect your chances of conceiving naturally once you’re off of it (though it might take a couple months to regulate). Additionally, unless you’ve got a copper iud (which I doubt since you’ve said you don’t have a period and the copper one does not have any way to stop periods) your iud does have hormones in it.
Post # 6
You’re taking your iud out so you can have it out while you are still under your parents insurance.
Are you going to ttc when you don’t have health insurance?
Also, everything I see says wait for 6 months after being in a Zika affected area.
Post # 7
What if you did a trip in the states (maybe travel to a beach location here?) and then plan on doing an anniversary trip to an all inclusive in a couple years?
Post # 8
Are you on a hormonal IUD?
Post # 9
I’m going through this dilemma right now too and it’s pretty easy in my mind….. no way am I going to risk the health of a baby and go against the collective wisdom of the CDC experts. We usually go somewhere tropical in the early spring, but almost everywhere we want to go has Zika. So we’re going to the Azores Islands this year (off the coast of Portugal), which are Zika free. We don’t want to wait 6 months and I would never knowingly take the risk of going to a Zika area.
Other Zika free areas are Hawaii, Bermuda, the Canary Islands, the Seychelles, and Malta.
Post # 10
We will also be TTC after our wedding, and therefore chose not to go anywhere with Zika out of precaution. In our minds, a week’s vacation was not worth the risk of our future child’s health. We have chosen to go on a cruise of the Mediterranean instead of the “beach” honeymoon we originally wanted.
Post # 11
Some babies are fine, some babies end up with microcephaly. It looks like there could be a case for a connection between zika virus and miscarriages: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/cdc-zika-virus-pregnancy-miscarriage
It’s too risky for me, personally. I’m almost 30 weeks pregnant and I’m at the OBGYN all the time. They are super cautious there about the Zika Virus risk.
FYI – my first period after the IUD removal was exactly two weeks afterwards. Since I didn’t technically have any sort of bleeding with the IUD, I had to relearn my cycle after getting it removed.
ETA: Carribbean vacations are generally cheap and fun, but I haven’t been anywhere on the CDC’s list with Zika Virus in well over a year and a half because we knew we were going to TTC sometime in the future. My friend was planning to get married in the US Virgin Island, but moved the wedding a few months before because they were going to TTC immediately after the wedding.
Post # 12
You’ve got 3 options, really:
1) Go to where you want and wait 6 months if you get mosquito bites while there.
2) Go some place else without zika, knowing that you likely can’t do tropical, zika-free and all-inclusive (but you can probably do 2 out of 3!).
3) Go where you want and risk it. You’ll get a lot of judgment for that choice and there is risk involved, but you have every right to make that choice if that’s what you want to do. You just have to be willing to accept the consequences.
Post # 13
Have you talked to your OBGYN about it? My husband’s best friend is getting married in the Caribbean this spring. He is 110% going and since the guy is the reason why you have to wait the 6 months I decided to still go too. We plan to follow the CDC recommendations and wait. I talked with my doctor about it and he had a surprisingly relaxed opinion on it. He told me to do whatever I felt comfortable with. He has patients that still travel to Zika zones, have conceived, and had healthy babies. He had patients test positive for Zika and still have healthy babies – however the reliability of the Zika test isn’t stellar. I had a friend go to the Bahamas when it wasn’t classified as a Zika zone, get pregnant, and shortly after their return it became a Zika zone. Her baby is fine. I’m too big of a worrier to risk it so we will wait the 6 months regardless of bug bites or not.
Post # 14
I’m confused about the cost of iud removal. My last mirena was removed at my doctors office, faster than a Pap smear.
I would keep the iud in until you are ready TTC (as long as it doesn’t expire before then). Besides, if you’re also looking at other methods of contraception between now and then, those have costs to (and more hassle imho).
Note – my first mirena removal was with a d&c because it got twisted inside my uterus. It wasn’t a big deal, but much more expensive.
For Zika – definitely wait the 6 months, it’s just not worth the risk. Or travel to St Bart’s or Martinique or Bermuda, no Zika reported there right now!
Post # 15
Take the IUD out after the honeymoon!!! Planned parenthood can do it for you if you’re uninsured. Or you can wait till you get on your husbands insurance. Taking it out 1.5 weeks till the wedding is the perfect timing to have your period for the wedding, or if not for the honeymoon. You spot immediately, but the period won’t come for a week or two. Repeat: I would NOT GET IT REMOVED before your wedding!!!