Pregnancy and fertility in older women - This article discusses the case of a 54-year old woman who stopped taking oral contraceptives at age 52 on the advice of her doctor.
A regular cycle developed but after a few months amenorrhoea occurred lasting 3 months, followed by a period of about 4 months with irregular bleeding.
At first she believed the menopause had taken place but she developed morning sickness and tightness in the breasts and presented to her gynaecologist with the belief that she was pregnant. It was a molar pregnancy.
Statistics on pregnancy in women older than 50 are sketchy and only about 1 birth in 75,000 occurs to women in that age group.
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility
by Holly Finn
I’m not over 40 and childless for no reason,writes Holly Finn.
I smoked in my twenties. I preferred red wine to sparkling water. I ate too much milk chocolate. I liked limericks. I know all the wrong I’ve done. But also, more than any of that, I’ve always longed for children.
Yet there she was: successful, social, mostly happy, and not a mother. Knowing that her chances of becoming pregnant naturally were quickly fading, Finn decided to gamble: she—like some 85,000 other women in the U.S. each year—would attempt in vitro fertilization.
Almost three years later, she’s still trying, and in the process has become an accidental pioneer (and, at times, a guinea pig) in the ever-evolving science of IVF.
Length: 50 pages
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