CHICKEN POX, MENS FERTILITY AND CHICKEN POX IN PREGNANCYWhen I was a little girl, we did not have a chicken pox vaccine, and most of us came down with it. It was a nasty illness because you wound up with these little red scabs all over your body. They eventually scarred over and went away, but, even though I was in pre-school, I remember it well.
But what about chicken pox in adulthood? Many men wonder if Varicella or chicken pox will hurt their fertility, I have an article on my site that addresses mens fertility and chicken pox (click here: getpregnantover40.com) It is definitely something you do not want to get in pregnant and here are some recommendations for prevention from the CDC:
All pregnant women should talk to a healthcare provider to determine if they are protected against chickenpox. For pregnant women, any of the following are evidence of protection against chickenpox:
Documentation of two doses of varicella vaccine
Blood test showing immunity to varicella
Diagnosis or verification by a health care provider of a history of chickenpox or herpes zoster, also known as shingles
If a woman has never had chickenpox, the best way to protect against chickenpox is to get vaccinated. Women should receive the chickenpox vaccine at least 30 days before becoming pregnant. Women should not receive the chickenpox vaccine within 30 days of pregnancy or during pregnancy. As soon as a pregnant woman who is not protected against chickenpox delivers her baby, she should be vaccinated against chickenpox. The first dose of vaccine can be given before she leaves the hospital, and the second dose at the 6-8-week post-partum visit. The vaccine is safe even for mothers who are nursing.
Women who are thinking about getting pregnant but are not protected against chickenpox should get vaccinated at least one to three months before becoming pregnant. Women should not get vaccinated during pregnancy or during the 30 days before becoming pregnant.
If a pregnant woman is not protected against chickenpox, people who live with her should be protected. If close contacts have not already had chickenpox, vaccination of these contacts is the most effective way to protect a pregnant woman against chickenpox
Pregnant women should stay away from anyone who has chickenpox. This includes people who have been vaccinated and then get a very mild form of chickenpox, sometimes called "breakthrough" chickenpox (usually little or no fever and fewer than 50 skin lesions). "Breakthrough" chickenpox is still contagious.
If a pregnant woman is not protected against chickenpox and finds out that she has been in contact with someone who has chickenpox, she should call her doctor immediately.