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Timeframes to Wait Before Trying to Conceive by Geographic Location

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CDC Zika travel notice:

  • Timeframes to wait before trying to conceive:
    • If the traveler to this area is female, wait at least 8 weeks after returning or after symptoms start (if she developed symptoms) before trying to conceive. During this waiting period, use condoms or do not have sex.
    • If the traveler to this area is male, wait at least 6 months after returning or after symptoms start (if he developed symptoms) before trying to conceive. During this waiting period, use condoms or do not have sex.
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Risk of Zika but no CDC Zika travel notice:

  • Timeframes to wait before trying to conceive:
    • Because the level of risk in this area is unknown and information is limited about the risk of infection around the time of conception, Zika exposed* women and men should talk with their healthcare provider about their plans for pregnancy, their travel plans, their risk of Zika virus infection, the possible health effects of Zika virus infection on a baby, and ways to protect themselves from Zika.
    • If women or men develop symptoms consistent with Zika and/or test positive for Zika, they should follow the suggested timeframes (listed above) before trying to conceive.
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Continental United States: For recommendations for people with Zika exposure* in the US, see current US maps and guidance.

*“Zika Exposure” or “exposed” means living in or traveling to these areas or having sex without a condom with someone who lives in or traveled to these areas.


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