Couples Trying to Conceive

Summary
  • It is important for women and their partners who live in or travel to areas with a Zika outbreak or other areas with risk of Zika to plan their pregnancies in the context of the risk of Zika. Healthcare providers should discuss reproductive life plans, including pregnancy intentions and timing of pregnancy with women of reproductive age.
  • Women and men with possible exposure to Zika and who experience symptoms of Zika should be tested.
  • Zika testing is not recommended for asymptomatic couples interested in attempting conception in which one or both partners has had possible exposure to Zika virus.
  • CDC recommends women and men diagnosed with Zika or who have possible exposure to Zika through sex or travel wait before trying to conceive.
    • For couples traveling together or a man traveling without his partner: Wait at least 3 months after return or start of symptoms.
    • For women traveling without her male partner: Wait at least 2 months after return or start of symptoms.

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Zika preconception counseling

Use these materials when counseling patients.

Zika preconception counseling

Use these materials when counseling patients.

Zika contraception guidance

Helping women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy during the Zika outbreak can reduce Zika-related outcomes.