Can You Get Pregnant Naturally in your 50s

on Jan 05, 2015

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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Can You Get Pregnant Naturally in your 50s

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.

Technological Advances

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

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.

The reasons

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.

What to Know

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.

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  • mari

    im in my 50 could i still become pregnant

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  • Jaiden Everett

    “Women who do get pregnant after age 40 have around a 50 percent chance of conceiving in the first trimester..”

    I think you mean “miscarrying,” not conceiving.

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  • Jennie

    I am 56 yeas of age and have not had a period for 2 years is it safe for me to stop taking precautions i.e. my husband to stop taking precautions, I have never taken HRT and have not been taking any contaceptive pills

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  • Angie M

    I have zero interest in getting pregnant at 50. I am still ovulating and have regular periods, I don’t want to have surprises. Is it possible?

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  • seangilove4life

    I gave birth to my daughter at 45. No and I do mean NO IVF or any other related assistance. Just my husband and I doing it the “Old Fashioned Way”. So, I really feel this article is malarkey.

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  • seangilove4life

    Angie….be careful then. I too have very regular periods. Pregnancy is possible. Though we’re not trying, I’m always a bit nervous. But if it’s God’s will…it is, what it is!!! Goodbye & Good Luck!

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  • mickey2942

    More power to women who want a baby after age 50. The only baby I want, is a grandbaby! That I can kiss, spoil, and promptly give the baby back to the Mama.

    Been there, done that.

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  • Monique Davis

    I am 47 and have never had a child. I have always wanted children but circumstances have not permitted it. My grand mother on both sides had their last child well into their 40’s and
    50’s and my great-grandmother who gave birth to 16 children ( all single births) had her last child at age 52. So perhaps their is hope for me in the next few years. I don’t think I would be interested after age 50.

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  • Silvery Star

    I gave birth to my three children at the age of three month before my 40 st birthday, 3 moths before my 44 th birthday and at the age of 46. They all were naturally received with my own eggs and born naturally. They are now 29 months, almost 5 years and almost 9 years.

    They only thing I took is folic acid and herbal tea to increace the chance of getting pregnant. I am 48 years now and I want another child.

    With luck and god`s will it IS possible to get pregnant in your fourties. I hope women will not give up hope and try natural ways also when they feel good with them.

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  • Rhaegar Targaryen

    It’s definitely malarkey. First of all most women don’t want to get pregnant after 40 and actively avoid it, so there’s no way to really know for a fact the likelihood of later-in-life pregnancy. Where there are healthy eggs there can be a baby. My mom had me the day after Christmas 1987 when she was 46 and had my sister and brother in 1991. No IVF, donor eggs or any other medical procedure. I believe articles like this are trying to frighten women into early maternity to keep them from pursuing other ambitions.

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  • It’s science

    Could we please leave out your God thing?
    Thank you.

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  • Sherryl

    Well, It’s true it is in Gods hands. So God does have everything to do with it.

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