What Women Need to Know About Contagious Diseases and Vaccination While Attempting to Conceive

woman getting a shot while receiving infertility treatment and trying to conceive

Immunization is an important part of care for women attempting to conceive and there are many misconceptions about this topic. What women need to know about contagious diseases and vaccination while attempting to conceive. Influenza Vaccination: Influenza continues to be serious threat in Massachusetts. Influenza vaccination is very important for women attempting to conceive. This […]

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Preconception Counseling And The Prevention Of Zika Virus

Preconception Counseling And The Prevention Of Zika Virus

The following is the ASRM update to the Zika guidance document in response to updated CDC guidelines. “In early August, the CDC released an update to their interim guidance for preconception counseling and the prevention of Zika virus transmission. The ASRM guidance document has been updated to reflect the changes and can be found here. A major […]

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World Map of Areas With Risk of Zika

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World Map of Areas with Risk of Zika (Current as of: January 10, 2018)  Because Zika infection during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects, pregnant women should not travel to the areas below. Partners of pregnant women and couples considering pregnancy should know the risks to pregnancy and take prevention steps. All travelers should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and prevent sexual transmission during and after […]

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Outcomes of Pregnancies With Zika Infection

Outcomes of Pregnancies with Zika Infection

Recent data studying the outcomes of pregnancies with Zika infection suggests that, in the United States, 1 in 10 pregnant women infected with the Zika virus had a baby with a serious birth defect. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these birth defects included microcephaly as well as brain damage. Additionally, […]

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Zika and Reproductive Health

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The Department of Health and Human Resources through the Centers of Disease control has issued a travel warning regarding the Zika virus to pregnant women and couples contemplating pregnancy to the Miami-Dade County areas of Florida. It is not clear how far Zika and reproductive health have been affected. Further, it remains unknown whether the mosquito […]

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Zika Virus Could Cause Infertility in Men

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A study just published in the scientific journal NATURE found that Zika virus could cause infertility in men. The study showed that mice infected with Zika had shrunken testicles, low testosterone levels and low sperm counts. These findings according to researchers are most likely irreversible since infected cells within the testicles are destroyed. Whether Zika […]

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CDC Released Updated Zika Virus Guidance for Women

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The CDC released updated Zika virus guidance for women undergoing fertility treatment. Women and men with possible exposure to Zika virus but without clinical illness consistent with Zika virus disease should wait AT LEAST 8 weeks after exposure to attempt conception. Possible exposure is defined as travel to or residence in an area of active Zika virus […]

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Zika Virus Can Be Transmitted Through Sperm

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Zika has caused much tumult. Barely, one year ago, few knew the name, the origins but its effects were whispers in the news. Fast forward, we now have come to know and to respect (with fear) Zika virus and its potential for irreversible fetal, brain damage. Initially, it was believed to be exposure of the […]

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FDA Recommendations Regarding the Zika Virus and Egg Donation

Zika virus egg donation

Women of child-bearing age are at risk for serious complications related to the Zika virus. In particular, the Zika virus has been associated with microcephaly (an underdeveloped brain) in infants of mothers infected with the virus. The Zika virus is not fatal, but it can remain in the body for several weeks. The Zika virus is primarily transmitted through […]

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Zika Virus in Semen

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Researchers from Great Britain have reported that Zika virus can be detected in semen for 62 days after initial infection. They were unable to grow live virus from these samples so it is not known whether men can transmit the infection to their sexual partners for that length of time. Zika, however,  is known to […]

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