After the association of Zika virus with microcephaly cases in newborns, the virus becomes a concern for pregnant women.
Right now, Zika is spreading rapidly and pregnant women are at risk for becoming infected with Zika. Since Zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects, it is more important than ever to consider if now is the right time for women to get pregnant. If they decide that now isn’t the right time to have a baby, what measures are they taking that are safe and effective? If they decide to get pregnant, what steps they take to protect themselves from getting Zika?
Within this context, eCMetrics, in conjunction with eCGlobal, surveyed 786 women. Women between 24 – 45 year of age, from High, Mid-high and Middle social classes in Brazil. The study assessed the level of impact that zika virus is causing to the Brazilian family planning.
Among the women interviewed, 65% said the Zika virus had impacted on their intention of having children. Nearly 7 out of 10 women said they delayed pregnancy or are taking care on not getting pregnant.
Among women who are already pregnant or who are trying to conceive, 74 % showed concern about the threat of the Zika virus. And 93% of the interviewed pregnant women are being precautious in relation to the viral threat. They increased visits to the obstetrician. They are avoiding contact with the mosquito environments, and using repellents constantly.
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