Post # 1
I’m interested in up-to-date guidance on Zika, including travel destinations and precautions. I’m already looking at the CDC but I would also like to see other online resources. I am not TTC now but I might be in the next 1-2 years and I want to know what precautions I should be taking now. I have been planning a trip to the Carribean/South America and am wondering if I need to cancel, or if taking precautions is enough?
Post # 2
We got married in May and traveled on our honeymoon to Mexico. I just had my first family planning appointment with my OB Wednesday and she told us, per her and CDC recommendation, to wait 6 months to TTC after travel. We will be following that advice.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 29th, 2016
happyowlbee : My husband and I will be TTC within a year and are avoiding all areas with zika transmitting mosquitoes. Sure, it means delaying travelling to some places where we want to go (Galapagos Islands, throughout the Caribbean), but it’s a big world. We had an amazing time in Bermuda this May (no freshwater there so no mosquitoes!) and we plan to visit Spain, Italy, and Greece next year. I think the health of our future children is more important. We can always go to the Caribbean and South America when we’re done having kids.
Post # 4
happyowlbee : Call your doctor. They should be able to give you the up to date guidelines/regulations/testing procedures from the CDC as well as a medical perspective on what they recommend in terms of limiting time and exposure to zika.
FWIW, I personally would avoid all areas with Zika as long term effects are still not understood. It just isn’t worth the risk to me.
Post # 5
I’m pregnant and I live in a Zika prone area. Two of our friends have been diagnosed with Zika and both their partners were TTC. They were both advised not to have unprotected sex for 6 months and then they were fine to try after that. Living here, we take all the usual precautions to avoid mosquitos (getting rid of stagnant water, wearing light coloured covered clothing, mosquito repellant with DEET etc. etc We are usually told to follow The WHO guidelines which you can google. Zika has been around since the 50s in the tropics and will be around for time to come so for us delaying wasn’t a practical option.
Post # 6
My DH has a job that requires him to be in Zika areas a good portion of the year. There is, at no point, a time where we’d be in the “6 months clear” timeframe. We are TTC, and I’ve continued to fly to him when he’s traveling for work if he will be gone during ovulation. So far we’ve TTC’ed in both Costa Rica and Mexico. I have read and researched all about Zika and while I certainly make an effort to avoid mosquitos in general, we are much more relaxed. I”m not saying Zika isn’t an issue, but I personally believe that it’s been hyped up just like other crisis illnesses in the past.
Post # 7
We followed our doctors advice and will be ending our 6 month “waiting period” since our travel to the Caribbean very soon!