Pregnancy and fertility in older women

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, November 10, 2017 | 0 comments

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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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