The Fertility Clinic is closely following developments related to the Zika virus. At this point, it seems clear the virus has implications for reproduction and that it can be transmitted through sexual activity and reproductive tissues.
What should I do if I have travelled to a Zika-affected country?
- Women wishing to become pregnant should wait at least 2 months after their return before trying to conceive.
- Men should use condoms for 3 months after their return with a partner who could become pregnant. If your partner is already pregnant, you should use condoms for the duration of the pregnancy.
- Men who have returned from Zika-affected countries should postpone semen donations for 3 months. The deferral period for semen donation is longer since the virus has been detected in semen for longer periods.
- Based on Health Canada’s recommendations, fertility treatments at The Fertility Clinic London Health Sciences Centre will be postponed for 2 months for women who have travelled to Zika affected areas or for 3 months for men who have travelled to these locations.
Your safety is our first priority, your physician would be happy to discuss this further.
For more information, please see the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention website.