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Entirely probable to get pregnant during menopause

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, May 22, 2007 | 0 comments

Even though it may sound impossible, it’s entirely probable to get pregnant during menopause - although the chances of a woman getting pregnant are decidedly slimmer during middle age compared to during her 20's and 30's.

Egg production naturally decreases by 50-percent by the time most women reach the age of 40. The percentage continues to decline every year after. Yet, women are not completely infertile until menstruation has stopped for 12 months straight. In fact, almost 70-percent of women between the ages of 40- and 44-years old ovulate regularly during the peri-menopause stage.

In fact, about half of peri-menopausal women between the ages of 40- and 49-years of age don’t use any contraception, which results in more than 60-percent of unplanned pregnancies and abortions in women over 40. There you have it - it is possible to become pregnant during menopause! So if you don’t want to become pregnant, continue using a reliable birth control method.


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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