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Pregnancy Fears About Zika Virus Causing Dropouts in Olympics Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on July 15th, 2016

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Pregnancy Fears About Zika Virus Causing Dropouts in Olympics

News | Women's Health | Fear | men's health | Zika

Zika Causes Athletes to Drop Out of OlympicsIf you are trying to become pregnant, whether through fertility treatment or on your own and you're wondering about how the Zika virus could affect you, consider what these top athletes who have spent decades training to go to the Olympics have decided:

Jason Day, ranked number one in golf- "While it has always been a major goal to compete in the Olympics on behalf of my country, playing golf cannot take precedent over the safety of our family. I will not place them at risk."

Day is just one of many of the top golfers to pull out of the Olympics. But it's not just the golfers who are opting not to go.

Zika Virus, the Olympics, & Pregnancy Concerns for Athletes

Hope Solo told Sports Illustrated in February that she would not have go if they were held then, "I don’t know when that day will come for Jerramy [her husband] and me, but I personally reserve my right to have a healthy baby. No athlete competing in Rio should be faced with this dilemma."

Considering where you're going for vacation while trying to conceive, and factoring in the areas where the Zika virus is rampant, puts you in good company. If you have been thinking that you are being over cautious, consider what the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has had to say regarding the Zika virus.  

Choosing your vacation destination and keeping the Zika virus outbreak areas in mind makes good sense.


"Hope Solo" by Erik Drost is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

About Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.