Can You Get Pregnant Naturally in your 50s
on Jan 05, 2015
by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
We have seen so much medical technology in recent years, and the world of fertility treatments has really opened up and made it possible for women to become mothers when they otherwise would not have that chance.
We have seen so much medical technology in recent years, and the world of fertility treatments has really opened up and made it possible for women to become mothers when they otherwise would not have that chance. This has given women with medical issues and fertility issues the chance to become pregnant, and has also opened up pregnancy options for women who would never have been able to get pregnant otherwise. The same is true for older women, who were once deemed “too old” to become moms. So, the question remains, can a woman get pregnant naturally in her 50s? Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The truth is sometimes hard to hear, and this case is no exception. The truth of the matter is that it is incredibly difficult, almost impossible, for a woman to get pregnant naturally in her 50s. As a matter of fact, it is almost impossible for a woman to get pregnant using assisted reproductive techniques like IVF in her 50s. The statistics say that the chance of a woman getting pregnant after the age of 40, naturally, using her own eggs, is only around 5 percent at best. You can only imagine what those odds look like once a woman gets into her 50s.
Women who are approaching age 50 are most likely already in peri menopause, and some women are already in full blown menopause. If a woman has not used up all of her eggs by this point, the eggs that remain are most likely not viable, and if a pregnancy were to occur, it would most likely result in miscarriage or a baby with birth defects. Many women around age 50 also begin to have anovulatory cycles, where no egg is released at all. Women who do get pregnant after age 40 have around a 50 percent chance of conceiving in the first trimester, and the pregnancies that result after this age are not usually the most healthy.
There are some cases where women do get pregnant after age 50, but the majority of these cases, such as the ones we hear about in Hollywood, are with women undergoing extensive fertility treatments, and using donor eggs. Most women, especially women in Hollywood who have babies at this age, have used a gestational surrogate and donor eggs both. While it is highly unlikely to conceive in your 50s naturally, it definitely is not out of the realm of possibility and is something that could happen, so if you don’t want to take that chance, you should still think about birth control during this time frame of life.
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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.