(Closed) TTC & Zika

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

3 months for women, 6 for men is what I’ve read.  You can get a blood test though if it’s available.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

My doctor told me that if we travel to any Zika location to wait 6 months to TTC!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

8 weeks for women and 6 months for men from last exposure 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Look up on the CDC and WHO website what exactly “endemic” means for the country you traveled to. We are going to a country in which Zika is endemic for our honeymoon and I will be off the pill. Both my OB GYN and MD/PHD Immunology Professor dad are fine with it because this particular country hasn’t had a case of Zika in 20+ years. Endemic doesn’t mean there’s necessarily a risk. But of course, it also doesn’t mean it doesn’t! 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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grace14 :  I’m confused why your doctor would say you most likely didn’t get the disease because you weren’t sick when the vast majority of people who do contract it never show symptoms or get sick. I’d follow CDC guide lines of 6 months before TTC (for men) and perhaps think about a new doctor. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

My doctor said we should wait to TTC for 2-3 years after visiting the Caribbean because of Zika, but I think if you follow the CDC guidelines you should be good. My doctor seemed to be extra cautious. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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zwimmerz :  and rightfully so as they still dont know how long the virus can stay in men…

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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carolinabelle :  +1

I was confused by this as well. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about this (we’re going to Mexico with a couple who is worried about TTC) and my understanding (from pretty much every source) was that only 1 in 4 people actually display symptoms. So, if you haven’t gotten the test, how would you know you aren’t infected?

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We were told 6 months by the head of infectious disease the a big hospital. Getting sick means nothing, most people don’t have symptoms.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

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zwimmerz :  my friends in healthcare say the same. Their opinion is there isn’t enough known/studied. But the CDC says 6 months. This whole thing is confusing me. Don’t know if I should avoid a Zika place for honeymoon all together or not. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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netflixandchill :  That’s what my doctor said too. Fiance and I plan to wait at least a year or two, maybe longer, after visiting the Caribbean before trying to have kids. We were in the Bahamas recently and took precautions. We stayed at a resort that sprayed for mosquitoes daily, wore bug with DEET often, and wore long dresses with a cover up or cardigan or something at night and Fiance wore long pants. We didn’t see a single bug, let alone mosquito, but still played it safe. We hope to go on a couple more trips, including our honeymoon, and plan to take the same precautions. 

It’s so odd that there is so much conflicting info out there, some doctors say a couple months, some years, so I think waiting at least 6 months following the CDC recommendations is good to do. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We checked with our family dr  few months ago because we were wanting to go away this winter and she said if we went, we should put off ttc for 6 months at least. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I was told by my physician that if we travel to a Zika area, and do not come home with any mosquito bites, we need to wait 8 weeks. However, if one of us gets bit (whether or not we display symptoms is irrelevant, because some people don’t), we have to wait 6 months. This is the advice of both the CDC and my doctor.

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