Zika Virus and Pregnancy

Have a safe summer: Learn about Zika virus and pregnancy

Summer is here and so are the pesky mosquitoes. For women who are trying to conceive, they’re more than just a nuisance. In some areas, mosquitos may carry a virus that can cause a devastating disease in a developing fetus. If you’re trying to conceive it’s important to arm yourself with information about the link between Zika virus and pregnancy.

Zika can infect humans who are bitten by mosquitos that carry the virus. In pregnant women the virus can be transmitted to the baby and cause serious brain defects including microcephaly. If a male partner is infected a woman can get Zika through unprotected sex.

The latest news on Zika virus and pregnancy

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continuously monitors global Zika virus outbreaks and has set guidelines for couples who are Trying to Conceive, as well as women who are already pregnant. If you’re worried about Zika virus and pregnancy, check out the CDC’s map of high- and minimal-risk areas where extra precautions should be taken.

Texas is marked as a Zika zone on the map because several cases of Zika virus have been reported in Brownsville since November 2016. Right now, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and the rest of Texas are not high-risk areas.

If you’re considering travel to any area where Zika has been identified, keep these CDC guidelines in mind.

Talk to your fertility specialist

Scientists don’t yet know the likelihood of birth defects with Zika infection, or if there is a “safe” time for exposure during pregnancy. Dr. Sy Le continuously monitors the latest information about Zika virus and pregnancy, so be sure to mention any possible prior exposure as well as any travel plans.

To learn more about Zika virus and pregnancy risks, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Le.


Author
Sy Le, M.D. Dr. Le is the founder of IVFMD and has aspired from day one to make leading edge fertility treatment as affordable as possible. He has special interest in all aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technologies, especially IVF protocols for women with low ovarian reserve.

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