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Next thing they know they are pregnant at 50+

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, May 24, 2007 | 3 comments

Lots of women are given the false impression that once menopause hits there is no further need for contraception, and hey presto, menopause hits and next thing they know they are pregnant with a child who will be anywhere between 40 to 50+ years younger than themselves.

I was talking yesterday to one of my work colleagues and she said that menopause is to be expected to arrive anywhere between 20 to 55 years old these days.

It was only some months ago that medical science finally realised that women are not born with a set number of eggs that eventually run out but that the eggs are produced continuously throughout a woman′s life (It took us less time to work out the Earth wasn′t flat!) Common sense would have told them that. So there is always a fresh supply of eggs available for pregnancies way into a woman′s fifties. The oldest known pregnancy that I know of was a woman of 64 years in some Southern European country.


Yep, you can still get pregnant. All the way until you have reached menopause. My moms friend actually got pregnant twice at that time. Back in the day, they used to call the child " a menopause baby". Your hormones are crazy at that time and sometimes it is easier to get pregnant than before.


If a woman still has her ovaries and is ovulating, she can get pregnant. Good luck to your friend if she wants a child and is trying to get pregnant.


When my mom was in the maternity ward after having me (nearly 47 and a half years ago), there was a woman who was 57 and had her first, last and only child-- a healthy girl. Her doctor tied her tubes because he feared if she did get pregnant again the results wouldn't be as successful.


I am a "menopause baby". My Mom was 45 when I was born... She thought she wasn't having a period, because she was in the middle of menopause (which she may have been). I turned out just fine... Well, other than being kind of crazy, but I like it that way!


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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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  1. Anonymous says:

    "I was talking yesterday to one of my work colleagues and she said that menopause is to be expected to arrive anywhere between 20 to 55 years old these days."

    Some women even up to early 60s. It's not the same for everyone.

  2. Anonymous says:

    "I am a "menopause baby". My Mom was 45 when I was born... "

    Not menopause, if she could conceive etc

  3. I am a 63 years old woman. I have three sons.Eldest is 40 years, middle is 34Years and youngest is 32 years old. My eldest son and daughter in law have tried ivf three times but without any success. It really pains me to see dejection on their faces. Somehow I feel that if I try ivf with their sperm and egg, I will be able to bear their baby. I really want to do this for them and gift them the precious gift. What should I do ?

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