Women and their partners who are thinking about pregnancy

The timeframes that males and females should consider waiting are different because Zika can be found in semen longer than in other body fluids.

Decisions about pregnancy planning are personal and complex, and circumstances will vary for people trying to conceive. People should discuss pregnancy planning with a trusted doctor or healthcare provider.

Planning considerations include:

  • their reproductive life plans, including pregnancy intentions and timing of pregnancy
  • their potential exposures to Zika during pregnancy and the health risks and potential consequences of infection
  • individual circumstances and level of risk tolerance

If You Have Ongoing Exposure (for Example, Live in or Frequently Travel) to An Area with a Zika Outbreak (As Indicated by Red Areas on the Zika Map) or Other Areas with Risk of Zika (As Indicated by Purple Areas on the Zika Map)

  • Take steps to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Because of your ongoing exposure to Zika, talk with your healthcare provider about your plans for pregnancy, your risk of Zika, the possible health effects of Zika infection on a baby, and ways to protect yourself from Zika.
  • If you or your partner develop symptoms of Zika or test positive for Zika, you should follow the suggested timeframes above before trying to conceive.

As a result of counseling with healthcare providers, people with ongoing exposure to areas with a Zika outbreak or other areas with risk of Zika might decide to delay pregnancy.

Quelle: CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

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