Christen Geron, a patient at Houston’s Center of Reproductive Medicine (CORM), is a case example of the growing concern around Zika. She’s known since she was young that getting pregnant -- and staying pregnant -- would be tough.
"You think maybe, maybe today I'll make it the whole day without losing the baby," said Geron.
The 33-year-old has been receiving in-vitro fertilization treatments since 2012.
Geron has one baby girl, another on the way, and an embryo frozen at CORM. She has to work hard at a healthy pregnancy, and doesn’t ever want to compromise it. So much so that she goes through the garage door instead of the back to avoid any potential mosquitos.
Zika remains a little mysterious. Right now we have more questions than answers--particularly questions around pregnancy and fertility.
What we do know is that if a pregnant mother bitten is bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika virus, it could result in the baby developing Microcephaly--a birth defect that affects the head circumference and brain.
We also know that it affects men and women slightly differently.
"As important as understanding what this might do for the woman, it's as equally important to understand what it does for the male partner as well," Crochet said.
The virus moves through a woman’s system more quickly. Women who have traveled to an area with Zika should wait two months before trying to conceive. On the other hand, a man that tests positive for Zika should not try to conceive for a minimum of six months because it will stay in his system longer.
The good news is that experts to not believe it has a long-term impact and would affect future pregnancies (or fertility). But, for couples that travel often, freezing the man’s sperm is a very viable solution.
Watch the video on ABC 13 to learn more.
"We have lost some, we have, but we're very fortunate to have the babies that we have," Geron said.