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Women are able to get pregnant as long as she is ovulating

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, April 30, 2007 | 0 comments

Women approaching menopause are often unsure of when it is safe to stop the use of contraception. Theoretically, a woman is still able to get pregnant as long as she is ovulating.

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The need for effective contraception, therefore, is still an important consideration for women aged 40 and over. However, a National Health Survey found that of women aged 45-49 who were at risk of pregnancy, nearly 50% were not using contraception

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That friend I was going to see when we met, is pregnant with twins at 49! She will be 50 in June.

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My husband and I decided we would try until we couldn't try any longer. We have friends who had their last child at 45. Not that we like that age for us, but it does give us hope.

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A Midwife’s Tale: November, 1793: More distressing was the behaviour of her old friend and neighbour Elizabeth Weston, who was overwhelmed by her last pregnancy, an unexpected and probably unwelcome event. She was 45 years old, her youngest child already six.


Furthermore, since her daughter Betsy had recently married Thomas Fillebrown, she was more disposed to welcome grandchildren than another child of her own. The summons came on November 9 at 3:00 a.m., and "She was safe delivered at 4 hour 30 minutes of a fine son."

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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 that 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 that there will be no more babies in our house.

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