New information and restrictions have been issued by the FDA regarding the Zika virus and egg donation. However, it is important to note that there have not been any reported cases of Zika as the result of women using donor egg.
The FDA is taking precautions to protect the safety of recipients of donor eggs.
Although the Zika virus is not deadly, it can remain in your bloodstream for several weeks. The Zika virus can cause illness that lasts several days to a week and is usually spread through mosquito bites; although it has been reported that the Zika virus has been found in semen and can be transmitted through sex. Zika infection during pregnancy may be linked to pregnancy loss and a birth defect called microcephaly.
Temporary egg donor restrictions:
- If you have been diagnosed with Zika, you are temporarily unable to donate your eggs for a period of six months.
- If you have traveled to any Zika-affected areas, you are temporarily unable to donate your eggs for a period of six months.
- If you have had sex with a male who has been diagnosed with Zika, or has lived or traveled to any of the Zika-affected locations, you are temporarily unable to donate your eggs for a period of six months.
However, after waiting six months from the onset of the above restrictions, women will be eligible to donate their eggs. If you would like more information, please contact our Donor Program Coordinator at 718-283-6588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Zika virus visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)