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Eggs available for pregnancies into 50's

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, March 02, 2008 | 0 comments

Lots of women are given the false impression that once menopause hits there is no further need for contraception. And hey presto, menopause hits, and next thing they know they are pregnant with a child who will be anywhere between 40 to 50+ years younger than themselves.

I was talking yesterday to one of my work colleagues, and she said that menopause is to be expected to arrive anywhere between 20 to 55 years old these days.

It was only some months ago that medical science finally realised that women are not born with a set number of eggs that eventually run out, but that the eggs are produced continuously throughout a woman′s life (It took us less time to work out the Earth wasn′t flat!) Common sense would have told them that.

So there is always a fresh supply of eggs available for pregnancies way into a woman′s fifties. The oldest known pregnancy that I know of was a woman of 64 years in some Southern European country, Maria del Carmen Bousada.


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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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