Post # 1
I really really want to go to South America for my honeymoon, we are really into Colombia especially. The area is still listed as Zika possibility but I think the risk is much less now. Does anyone know what the latest true information is on travel to these areas? How long would you wait to TTC after traveling to a Zika region?
Post # 2
I would follow the CDC recommendations, which are to wait for 6-8 months following potential exposure. The alternatives (expensive and unreliable blood tests, possibility of Zika baby) are not worth it IMO.
We planned our last international trip specifically to avoid Zika risk and then got pregnant the first month we started TTC, so obviously I’m glad we were cautious.
Post # 3
torontobee2019 : torontobee2019 :
my DH and I (got maried a year ago) have decided not to go to any Zika country until we are done having kids. Because no chance is safe enough in our minds. Even if your chance of getting Zika is 5%.. how would you feel knowing it’s your fault because of the spot you picked for your vacation? I couldnt live with myself so since we only want 1 kid soon… we decided not to go to any Zika country. There was some conflicting info about how long it stays in the male body.. do we rather not risk it it may be indefinately not 6 months.
I think Chile is Zika free though, consider going there maybe?..
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
I’m one of those people who inevitably gets eaten alive if there are mosquitoes around. It wasn’t worth the risk to my husband and I. Ever since we first heard of Zika, we have avoided countries with Zika transmitting mosquitoes. We took our belated honeymoon/first anniversary trip to Orlando and Bermuda, and this year we went to Europe. Now we’re ready to start our family and don’t have to worry about waiting months on end. It’s a big world! There are plenty of other great destinations out there. We both want to go to the Galapagos Islands someday, but it probably won’t be until we’re done baby making and we’re okay with that.
Post # 5
Worst case scenario, you and your hubby both get Zika (which is unlikely). It takes 8 weeks for the virus to leave your system. So unless you’re planning to get pregnant before/during or immediately after your honeymoon, I think you’ll both be fine. If it makes you feel any better, my best friend is from Colombia and travels there often. Neither her nor her baby, mother, father, siblings and husband have contracted Zika. My brother-in-law was in Colombia just last week for a work trip and he is also fine.
Post # 6
that’s really not true at all.
Testing has found Zika in men’s semen (and transmissable to women) 188 days after exposure. That’s why the CDC recommends 8 months break from TTC – 6 months to (hopefully!) clear the man’s system, and another 2 months for it to clear the woman’s body after possible exposure through the 6 month window.
note: I don’t really care what other people choose to do on this subject. But I do think it’s important to make an informed fact-based decision, on this and with all things 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks guys!! I am hard to let go of an idea once my heart is set on it. We aren’t in a rush to have kids so could wait to TTC until maybe a year after honeymoon but the baby fever is real! hehe
We have done Europe many times and I’ve done South East Asia. Looking for somewhere that has a lot of culture, excitement, feels adventurous etc. The last destination that we went to which I was obsessed with was Morocco. Something similiar to that would be great 🙂
Post # 8
torontobee2019 : I’d talk to your doctor as well. We were trying to avoid Zika and actively TTC as well, but my H’s family is from Colombia. His intention was not to go visit until after we have kids, but then his dad had a medical emergency so he went for a week. We were concerned about Zika, but he spoke with the doctors there and then our doctor here as well. They were able to do a blood test to put our mind at ease, but even then they both said it probably wasn’t necessary. That being said, it definitely depends where you go. He was in Medellin, where there are mosquitos but not many that carry Zika. If you’re wanting to go to the coast, then it’s a different story. We aren’t planning to go back again until after kids just to be safe.
Post # 9
Just for the sake of accurate information, in case anybody is interested, here is a link to a study in a peer-reviewed journal on the Zika virus and human semen. Their general conclusion is that the viral RNA can be shed for over 6 months, but that infectious virus (i.e., that they were able to culture) was not found in samples for as long.
Post # 10