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Women capable of conceiving right up to menopause

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, October 01, 2007 | 0 comments

Question: My girlfriend and I have been talking about trying for a baby. However, she is 45. Is it sensible for her to try and conceive at this age.

Answer: Women are quite capable of conceiving right up to their menopause. It's not really that uncommon for women to have children in their 40s.

If your partner has a regular menstrual cycle and has no history of gynaecological problems, and your sperm count is OK, I wouldn't necessarily suggest you seek help with your fertility at this stage. The best test of fertility is to try to conceive - and that will be easier if you're relaxed about it.
Yours sincerely, Dr Stephen Collins, GP


Successful pregnancy in a 44-year-old haemodialysis patient.

A 44-year-old patient had been treated by intermittent haemodialysis for almost three years when she presented with a 28-week pregnancy. Successful delivery of a healthy but small infant was achieved by Caesarean section at 36 weeks. The successful outcome of this pregnancy was attributed to close control of the haemoglobin concentration and blood chemistry, and to increased frequency of dialysis. The relative value of various chemical tests of fetal maturity in the presence of maternal renal failure are discussed.


Deborah Thomas, the editor of the Australian Women's Weekly, had her first baby at 46 and is trying to balance work with her desire to spend time with her son.


After 40 the chances of getting pregnant decrease significantly, but it's by no means impossible to get pregnant. I just delivered on Mother's Day the first baby of a 45-year-old woman. This was her first pregnancy after 18 years of marriage and trying.


Posted By Debby on 2006-08-25
All these stories are keeping me inspired. I am 45 and pregnant for the second time in 25 years; total surprise, I really still don’t believe it. Took no precautions; just assumed it could not happen after 10 years of undiagnosed endometriosis, and according to my new doctor, a very scarred uterus. Was very scared about Downs, but it seems healthy children can be born at this age. You have given me hope.


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"In 2005, there were more than 104,000 births in the United States to women ages 40 through 44, and over 6,500 to women 45 and older. In 2004, there were 1,786 live births to women over 42, using donor eggs."

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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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