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Getting pregnant at 47 or 49

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 3 comments

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Expert: Andi Cohen

Subject: when does a woman’s fertility end?

A woman's fertility ends when she goes into menopause and stops getting her period.

The chances are of her getting pregnant at 47 or 49 years old would depend on this.

If she is still having a menstrual cycle, then YES she could still get pregnant.

Older women do get pregnant all the time.

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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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  1. Anonymous says:

    The doctors all say that a woman over 45 has a 1% chance of pregnancy, but at the same time they say women should stay on birth control until they are post menopausal. If the pregnancy rate is so low and miscarriage so high, why the counsel to stay on BC? I do not understand this.

  2. 2thetop says:

    I am proof that a woman CAN get pregnant even after her periods have stopped (LONG after). I have had no periods for 16 years and am now pregnant with twins - naturally. In researching this unusual situation I've learned about a small number other women in modern history with similar experiences (though not as extreme as 16 years post-menopausal). However, only on this site have I run into women who did not want their (very) late life pregnancy. Most consider it a precious gift and miracle from a loving God or Universe. I know I do.

  3. I'll be fifty in May and have an uncontrollable desire to have a baby, but my husband is not on board with having my Mirena removed. Has anyone else having a hard time getting their husband on board with having a baby at this age?

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