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Half of women are able to become pregnant well into their 5th decade.

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, September 17, 2006 | 0 comments

As they pass the age of 40, women and men continue to be fertile and sexually active, and up to half of women are able to become pregnant well into their fifth decade.
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Can I get pregnant during peri-menopause?
It is possible to become pregnant during peri-menopause, although it is less likely than for a woman who is in her 20s or 30s. Peri-menopause is a time when ovulation may occur with some irregularity, and it is only when ovulation occurs that one is able to get pregnant. Until a woman reaches menopause (no menses for one full year), it is possible for her to conceive.


I had my first at 40 and my second at 42, and I just got a (+), which, if it sticks, will come into the world after my 45th birthday.


Steven Sondheimer, MD: As long as a women is ovulating, she has some hope of getting pregnant on her own, even with an abnormal FSH. As women get into their 40's their pregnancies are more likely to end in a spontaneous miscarriage but still there is hope for a successful pregnancy. At Penn Fertility Care, the oldest patient who achieved a pregnancy with her own eggs in 2002 and delivered a baby was 45 years old.


Advanced Fertility Centre of Chicago: A 45 year old can have good quality eggs (for her age) and still possibly be fertile.


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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