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Odds of Pregnancy at Age 47?
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I'm already a whole week late, with subtle signs of pregnancy.  I just turned 47 and was planning on tying my tubes here in the the next month or so -- and now this?  I can't even find out what the odds of a natural pregnancy at my age are.  Some very definite changes from my "routine" cycle.  I've got some nausea, tender breasts and one negative pregnancy test.  But with my youngest son, my home pregnancy test also turned out negative, even though I was pregnant.  It just seems ridiculous to be pregnant -- we weren't even trying  and my husband didn't even have an orgasm -- he limped out during that encounter (around my birthday).  So it seems kind of like a joke.  I'm about ready to try a test again -- still no period and almost 2 weeks late now.  I keep reading how it's almost impossible at my age to get pregnant naturally.  Any comments?

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328630 tn?1213623950
You could be pre-menopausal, or pregnant lol
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I am 50 and am 2 1/2 months late with pregnancy symptoms.  I went to the doctor and she actually laughed when I mentioned I might be pregnant.  My periods have always been very normal and then they just stopped 2 1/2 months ago.  I also have a new husband as of last May (ex had a vasectomy after first 3 children).  She said she thinks it is menopause, did a PAP and a blood test which was negative for pregnancy.  The symptoms are still here 3 weeks later so I will just take care of myself and see what happens I guess. She wouldn't do an ultrasound because of the negative blood test.

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Its not ridiculous, you may be pregnant, Its possible and Its almost imposible  as you wrote. Its really ridiculous to believe that there is not possibility to get pregnant after 45 or even 50 years old. If you are older under 45 or more and you have your period every month you can get pregnat  of course not to easy as a 25 or 30 years old woman but you can get pregnant.
I am 45  and I still looking for my second child after 2 miscarriages and I will be looking  for him or her until I am  48. Its really ridiculous for me when I meet a woman who does not want to try again and again because what doctors say about this, they just want donnor egg or adoption but of course Its up to of them. Good luck.
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332747 tn?1198123717
I saw your post on the fertility forum and thought you might be pregnant.  But, now reading that your husband "limped out" I highly doubt you're pregnant.  It takes a mans orgasm for sperm to fertilize the egg.  You're probably having menopausal symptoms.  Wait a few more days and take another test for sure.  But, I would relax, chances are you're not preg.  Good luck!
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I am 46 and trying to get pregnant after two recent miscarriages.  I was told by my Reproductive Endocrinologist, who is very up to date on all of the statistics, that the odds of a natural conception at age 45 are 1 in 200 (or 1/2%).  After 45, fertility drops off dramatically (and most women that age aren't trying to conceive), so they don't even track the statistics after that point.  Also at 45, the miscarriage rate is 75-80%.  So even if the encounter with your husband had been more "successful," your odds of conceiving (and then carrying to term) would be extremely low.  A particular woman's chances can be considerably better, depending upon her egg quantity (as measured by her FSH score).  (I have been pregnant twice since last spring, but still miscarried, so I have a much better chance than most women of conceiving again, but still the same miscarriage rate due to quality problems in 46 year old eggs.)  You can't really go by your "symptoms," as they can be caused by fluctuating hormones (which are common in perimenopause).  Since it's not absolutely impossible you are pregnant, however, you might ask your doctor for a blood test, and then you'll know for sure.  Most women on this website over 45 really want to be pregnant so I hate to share these bleak statistics with them, but it sounds like in your case the low odds that you're pregnant will be good news....
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Well everyone

Thanks for the comments.  It looks like my cycle was just out of the ordinary this month (I think).  And I'll be relieved, since I'm just not up to another baby right now.    My son has a chromosomal condition (extra Y), and was quite a handful for years.  Although now he's doing fairly well, considering his "disability".  It looks like he has the social skills to hold a job down as he gets older, although he still has severe learning disabilities.  After raising him (he's now 12, 6 feet 1 inches and 190 pounds or so), I have learned so much about disabilities and advocating for children.  I've met a couple moms of children with Down's who have had their kids mainstreamed in school.  One mom was told her son's IQ was in the 50's before she insisted on mainstreaming -- her son (now 18) learned to read starting in 3rd grade (although he repeated this grade) and by graduation was reading on a 6th grade level. He surprised everyone (including mom) and ended up higher functioning than expected.  He is now attending a program for "extended education" which is on a college campus -- and his IQ still tests in the 50's, so go figure.  He will continue to learn skills to become as independent as possible (although he doesn't drive).   Another mom tells me she expects her daughter to receive a "typical" high school diploma, although her daughter has had a lot of accomodations, etc.   Particularly important to these kid's success are strong parent advocacy, and keeping them OFF any psychiatric medications, including "ADHD" medications, which can actually worsen behavior, adversely affect epilepsy, etc.  So -- just in case anyone here receives the prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome, etc. -- just wanted to let you know these kids can still grow up, thrive, etc.  Anyways, I'm more able to accept a special needs child (should that happen), but really prefer a "breather".  My hubby is younger than me, and we don't have any kids together.

If things don't go back to "normal" here in a couple weeks, I'll consider going to the doctor.    I've been like clockwork the last several years, and women in my family don't typically go into menopause until their late 50's or near 60 (which can be good AND bad).  My thyroid medicine was changed slightly in the last month, so maybe that affected things.  Fortunately, I got rid of heavy, horrible periods when my dose of Synthroid was raised about a year ago -- first time in well over a decade my periods were somewhat more "normal", and I had asked doctors for YEARS and YEARS to "Check my thyroid, I think I need more thyroid medicine".  BTW, hypothyroid issues can cause infertility -- just a hint for some of you gals.  Natural ways to boost it are iodine, selenium, and rhodiola -- along with exercise.  Of course, there are those who just need thyroid medicine to be more "normal".
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You're definatly knocked-up lady!!!
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My mother had my brother at 46, my grandmother had my dad at 48....it could be menopause but you still could be pregnant. Just because your husband 'limped out' doesnt mean that some of his little soldiers couldnt have escaped before then. You dont have to have full intercourse to get pregnant.....i would suggest you try another test in a few days ....and keep us informed. Good luck.
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I just turned 51 and am three weeks late and having pregnancy symptoms (nausea, fatigue, etc).  I have never been pregnant.  I  took a pregnancy test last week and it was negative. Does it make a difference if you take it in the evening vs. morning?  I would be elated if I was pregnant and so would my husband.  
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I always took it in the morning, but they say it doesn't matter after you are further along.  I took a test yesterday for the fun of it and it is still negative!  I'm 24 weeks now.
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296076 tn?1371338074
you tood a pg test and it came out neg?
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384464 tn?1217903443
Have you tried a blood test?  Sometimes a pregnancy tests wont detect your pregnancy until your second month. I know because that happend to me with my second pregnancy, so I had to do the blood to confirm.
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304653 tn?1217004902
do you fill the baby? Im confused... You mean you have gone this long and no dr has said your pregnant? DEMAND a u/s!!! atleast get another dr. that is crazy.. Maybe Im misunderstanding.
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I am 48 and have regular periods and have been trying for a 2nd baby with my husband since last May when we got back together after 16yrs.....1st and only child was by him 20yrs ago!! So I`m hoping to hear of others that are trying or have concieved at this late age despite that statistics, it is encouraging so keep us posted ladies!!
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oh by the way....I say NEVER SAY NEVER.... It can always happen... when you least expect it. smile  Im living proof!! funny how I can smile now..atleast thil the 23rd.. thats my birthday!! 45 and pregnant... aint that special! ....shaking my head... dont get me wrong.. Im tickled pink now. .. but I still have my panic attacks, and  my omg's.. gonna go take a bath and go under water now.. wonderful stess relief these days.

It took us 9 years to have my dd 16 years ago and now we are 25 years and having our second dd.  you keep having those periods? It can happen... dont give up. and I wish you the best..here is some baby dust for  you!!
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Yes, I had negative urine tests, went to the doctor at 9 weeks and had a negative blood test.  She refused to do an ultrasound because she said it was just menopause since I was 50 years old.  I had never missed a period in my life until October 14.  I kept having symptoms of pregnancy and went back to the doctor at 16 weeks.  She gave me an ultrasound and there he was!  I just took the HPT yesterday for fun to see if it would show positive. It was still negative and I'm 24 weeks. My oldest child is 28 and I have a 24 year old daughter that is pregnant with me!

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I'm 46 1/2 and people are always assuming that I can't have any more kids. But am still getting my periods every month. So I bought some ovulation testing kits from the drug store to find out if I was still ovulating. Yep, I'm ovulating every month like clock work.
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304653 tn?1217004902
oh wow.. dd too? isnt that cool!!.. is she in the same town?
darn drs!!! cant believe you went thru all that and finally get an u/s for proff.. I bet she felt stupid! glad to hear they are ontop of it now.. geez...
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Yea, I think it is really neat to be pregnant with my daughter.  She doesn't seem as thrilled though.  She definitely thinks I'm too old!  My kids are 28,27,24,21,19,19,12,11,11,10,10,9,9,7,7and 7.  The youngest 10 are still at home and are so excited.  They are already fighting to see whose turn it is going to feel the baby move.  I can't imagine what they will do when he is born.  The oldest aren't too thrilled, but I try not to pry in their lives and I expect the same respect from them.  My daughter isn't due until November so I hopefully she will mellow towards my pregnancy as hers progresses.  She lives about 4 hours from me.  
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296076 tn?1371338074
I want to see a family picture...

your dd probably just wants all the attention on her...
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