Pregnancy during Perimenopause
I'm concerned about becoming pregnant during menopause. My periods have stopped for about 3 years. I continue to have dreams that I'm pregnant. Is it possible to become pregnant?
Jacqueline has posted a very common concern among women regarding menopause and pregnancy.
The truth is, for women who are either perimenopausal or still going through menopause, there is still a chance of pregnancy. As long as your body is still spotting or experiencing menstrual bleeding (not matter how irregular this may be), you could still be ovulating, and thus you still have a chance of becoming pregnant. Of course as women age, their chances of becoming pregnant dramatically drop, but it is still important to become aware of these chances. Most unplanned pregnancies happen during this phase of a woman's life.
Once you have completely finished menopause however, you won't be able to become pregnant anymore. This is because the body has stopped ovulating and is no longer producing any eggs. There are a number of ways to tell when you have finished going through menopause:
· You have not had a menstrual period or any spotting of any kind for a year or longer
· Most of your menopausal symptoms have subsided
· Have a doctor to perform an FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) test to determine if you are finished menopause.
Since you have not had a period for 3 years then it's pretty safe to say that you can no longer get pregnant. But since I'm not a doctor, it would be best to check with a health care professional and he can calm your worries.
Once you are reassured by a doctor that you are in fact postmenopausal and cannot get pregnant anymore, your worries and fearful dreams should stop, and you can enjoy a fulfilling sex life throughout your postmenopausal years.