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After an age (40-45 years) in women, there may be concerns of menopause occurring. During menopause, many changes are seen in the body. The most prominent of these changes is the effect on the ability to become pregnant.

These days, many women decide to have a child later in life due to a focus on their career among other reasons. Some such women decide to have a child after 40 years of age.

In such a situation, the question arises of whether women can get pregnant if menopause has already occurred. In this article, we will discuss this topic in further detail.

(Read more: What to eat during menopause)

  1. What is menopause?
  2. Can women get pregnant after menopause?
  3. How to increase chances of getting pregnant after menopause
  4. Risks of late pregnancy
  5. Takeaway
Doctors for Pregnancy after menopause

In women, when the menstrual cycle naturally stops completely, it is called menopause. Its symptoms include sleep disturbances, low physical energy, period-like feeling, hot flashes, vaginal dryness etc. Menopause can occur in women between the ages of 40 and 50. However, in some cases, women can go through menopause even at the age of 51.

(Read more: Early symptoms of pregnancy)

Post-menopausal women have higher levels of LH and FSH and lower levels of estrogen and progesterone. After coming into this condition, women cannot ovulate nor can they conceive naturally. However, with the help of donor eggs, women can become pregnant even after menopause.

There are two biological cases for women to get pregnant after menopause. First, where an egg is released by the ovary just after menopause. And second, where the reproductive system continues to function even after menopause. All that is required for this to happen is a slight stimulation of estrogen and progesterone hormones. After this, with the help of a donor egg, women can become pregnant even after menopause.

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If you want to give birth to a child after menopause or during menopause, then your step should be to consult a good doctor to guide you during this process. By adopting some methods after or during menopause, you can increase the chances of getting pregnant. While this does not work optimally for every woman, it can definitely help to some extent.

Recognize the signs of ovulation: During menopause, if you are seeing natural signs of ovulation such as breast tenderness and white discharge from the vagina, then this can be a good sign for you. In such a situation, you may be able to conceive by identifying the right time of ovulation. Alternatively, you can also use ovulation test strips.

Make lifestyle changes: If you are planning for a child during menopause, then eat a nutritious and balanced diet and exercise regularly. These habits will boost your overall health, which can increase your chances of getting pregnant.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): During perimenopause and after menopause, one can conceive with the help of assisted reproductive technology like IVF. This can prove to be a ray of hope for many women. After menopause, the few eggs left in the body of women will not be viable and you may need a donor egg. Women who have already frozen their eggs can use them for IVF. However, the chances of a healthy pregnancy are reduced by using assisted reproductive technology.

(Read more: Hormone replacement therapy for menopause)

Women who conceive after 35 years of age may have to face many problems. This may not only have an adverse effect on the health of women but can also harm the child. Some of the risks involved are:

(Read more: Tips to increase baby’s weight)

After menopause, women cannot give birth naturally. Also, if you give birth to a child after menopause with the help of some other techniques, then you may have to face many problems. To avoid any complications, you may want to do your family planning for before the age of 35.

(Read more: Homeopathic medicine, treatment and remedies for Menopause)

Dr. Meera Raghavan

Dr. Meera Raghavan

Obstetrics & Gynaecology
19 Years of Experience

Dr. Swati Agrawal

Dr. Swati Agrawal

Obstetrics & Gynaecology
15 Years of Experience

Dr. Rachna Dogra

Dr. Rachna Dogra

Obstetrics & Gynaecology
10 Years of Experience

Dr. Rekha Agarwal

Dr. Rekha Agarwal

Obstetrics & Gynaecology
22 Years of Experience

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