Chance of Pregnancy after menopause

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Chance of Pregnancy after menopause

Postby susanj » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:13 pm

Happy New Year Friends!

I have a question, my husband thinks I'm crazy (as usual!) but here goes. I haven't had a period since April 2007, my gyno tested my estrogen levels and whatever needed to be tested back in September. He told me that the results (I can't remember the numbers) indicated that I had gone through menopause. I asked him about birth control. My husband and I have used condoms for a while because I had to come off of the pill. My doctor said that he saw no reason for me to use birth control anymore since my test results indicated that I had gone through menopause. I asked him over & over, are you SURE that I can't get pregnant? He said, well, there is always a SLIM chance that you might, but I doubt it!!!!! Since then, my husband & I have had sex once, I went to the doctor in September, and we finally had sex about 2 weeks ago, unprotected sex, because I am TERRIFIED that I might get pregnant! He thinks I'm insane, but I can't help it. I am terrified! Can anybody help me???????? I'm losing my mind!!!!!!
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Re: Chance of Pregnancy after menopause

Postby minniepauz » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:49 pm

Susan, this might ease your mind:


After menopause many women worry that they can still get pregnant, which is a natural concern after a life of needing to worry about protecting oneself from an unwanted pregnancy. If your doctor has confirmed that you have gone through menopause it is impossible for you to become pregnant. The reason for this is that there are not any eggs left for your ovaries to release. If there are no eggs left in your body there is nothing left to become fertilized and grow into a baby.

While you cannot get pregnant if menopause is complete you can get pregnant when you are going through peri-menopause. The reason for this is that you are still ovulating on and off and if there is sperm present when you happen to ovulate it could turn into a viable fetus. During this time the likelihood of pregnancy is hit or miss, so if you do not want to become pregnant you should continue to use protection until your doctor can confirm that you have completed menopause. Remember that if you are trying to become pregnant during this time it might be hard as the eggs are quite old and a viable pregnancy may be hard to come by especially because you never know when you will ovulate or not.

If you have gone through menopause and your doctor has confirmed that you will not ovulate again there is no reason to worry about becoming pregnant. With a doctors confirmation you can begin to enjoy your sex life without the worry that you'll have to deal with an unplanned pregnancy, though you should still practice safe sex as menopause is not a guard against sexually transmitted diseases. Menopause is a clear sign that you do not have to purchase a pregnancy test every time you feel just a bit �off� because there is no possible way for that to be an explanation for the way you are feeling. For most women, this is a welcome period of their life, and not having to worry about pregnancy is a relief!

There are a lot of rumors, old wives tales, and urban legends that talk of women getting pregnant after they have gone through menopause. In fact, if you search hard enough you'll find stories that have women as old as 90 getting pregnant. These stories are highly unlikely, and if they did happen by some odd circumstance, that proves that these women had not completed menopause because if they had they wouldn't have eggs to be fertilized! As long as you remember that you cannot get pregnant without eggs you won't have any nagging doubts about whether you could become pregnant now that you have completed the menopause experience.
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Re: Chance of Pregnancy after menopause

Postby susanj » Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:36 pm

Thanks, Dee, for your words of wisdom and comfort. I am an old worrywort by nature, I just can't help it. Despite your words, I still think I am going to make an appointment with my doctor to discuss this with him. My stomach hurts me a lot, and now since I've had sex, all I can think about is getting pregnant. I am 47-years-old, my oldest child is 28 and my baby is 25! A child at my age is unthinkable to me. I love children, but I am ready for grandchildren, not another one of my own to raise. But since I haven't had a period in 20 months, I assume I'm safe.
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