Perimenopause and Getting Pregnant

on Nov 15, 2012

by Dr. Christine Lee, MD

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Perimenopause and Getting Pregnant

It is possible to get pregnant during perimenopause, as this is the time before menopause. While possible, it is more difficult as eggs are not as healthy nor as plentiful.

Perimenopause can be defined as the period before menopause, namely the time when a woman’s body starts producing fertility hormones like estrogen in smaller quantities, eventually leading to the complete installation of menopause. Perimenopause and getting pregnant are interrelated in more than one way: as the quality and the quantity of the eggs produced are both decreasing during perimenopause, conception becomes more difficult, but not impossible. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The term perimenopause is frequently used to describe the time when a woman first experiences the symptoms of menopause, usually after the age of 40. However, during this period, the ovaries are still active, still producing healthy eggs; but the chances to achieve pregnancy the natural way are decreasing rapidly. In what follows, we would like to present 3 possible ways of achieving pregnancy in perimenopause.

Natural ways

Though female fertility takes the path of rapid decline after the age of 40, surprise pregnancies are not rare in this age group. Despite the fact that a woman’s ovarian reserve is considerably diminished by the time she turns 40, the ovaries can still produce eggs that are healthy and strong enough to become fertilized without any medical help. The difficulty in achieving pregnancy during perimenopause is not only due to the decreased number of eggs produced, but also because this is the period when the menstrual cycle becomes irregular and unpredictable, and so does ovulation.

Using own eggs

Ladies in their early forties who want to have a baby can go for the option of in-vitro fertilization. Assisted reproductive technologies offer ladies two options: fertilization with their own eggs or with donor eggs. The younger the patient is, the more chance she stands to be able to conceive through IVF with her own eggs. The procedure implies a treatment with hormones to induce ovulation, followed by the retrieval of the patient’s mature egg and the fertilization of the egg with the male partner’s or a donor’s sperm. In the final stage of the procedure, the egg is replanted into the patient’s uterus, where the embryo will grow into a baby.

Using donor eggs

If the woman’s body no longer produces mature eggs or the eggs produced are of poor quality, IVF can be performed using oocytes coming from another woman, that is, with donor eggs. If the patient is over 45 years of age, the chances of producing strong eggs of her own are usually quite low, IVF with donor eggs being the solution recommended for these ladies.

As you see, perimenopause and getting pregnant are not contradictory terms: a healthy pregnancy is possible at a more mature age as well, and if you are healthy, there is really no obstacle to experiencing the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth at this age.

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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).

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  • salaryring

    Im 19 and been trying to have a baby with my fiance for 3 months now. Ive been with him for 7 years now and hoping on building this family with him, hopefully this works. I just ordered my trial so ill keep in touch, but I would like to know how to detect ovulation. Its still a bit fuzzy to be.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    If you have a regular menstrual cycle, your ovulation period usually occurs 2 weeks or 14 days after the first day you had your period. However; if you have an irregular menstrual cycle, you can simply track your ovulation dates through Ovulation Predictor Kits. In addition, your ovulation date is most likely occurring if your BBT raises, your cervical mucous changes in color, and if you experience lower abdominal discomforts.

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  • Eman

    I’m 45 and at the stage of peri menopause and want to get pregnant. My last period was November 15. I’m helpless then I found this site. Pls help.

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  • Tash

    Hi there,

    My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant with our second child for about 6 months but were having trouble because my cycles have been all over the place. So last week I went to my doctor and she sent me for a blood tests. Yesterday I got the results back and they have come back as post-menopausal: FSH – 175, Oestradiol <43, Progesterone 1. I only turned 33 a couple of days ago so I was not expecting this.

    What I am confused about is everything I read says that to be post menopausal that my periods should have stopped. Even though my periods are irregular I still do get them at least every 2 months. My latest cycle started March 23rd.
    Do you think I could possibly be perimenopausal not post menopausal. And if so could I possibly get pregnant naturallu or IVF?
    Thanks for your help,

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