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Traveling During the Holiday Season

Many patients travel during the holidays; therefore, it may not be wise to start a cycle if you need to travel during the cycle. It is best to have a discussion with your nurse or provider. If a cycle is started, it may require finding a lab to do lab work during the trip. It is the patient’s responsibility to find a center in the area they will be visiting and report to their nurse so arrangements can be made and labs can be ordered. Similarly, if any medications will be needed over the holidays, they should be fulfilled prior to the holiday week.

Additionally, patients should be wary of traveling to locations affected by Zika. Women should wait at least 8 weeks after travel before attempting to get pregnant and men at least 3 months. Couples should refrain from sex or use condoms during the waiting period.  The wait is longer in men because Zika remains in semen longer than other body fluids. During this waiting time you can continue with your diagnostic workup but will not be able to begin treatment cycles. It is recommended that you utilize the option of freezing sperm prior to travel to decrease the wait time.

If you have any questions or concerns about traveling during the holidays, please speak with your RMAPA nurse.