I'm curious to know what symptoms could be expected in a pregnancy after the age of 50 in a peri-menopausal woman. Or if a woman experiencing light-to-no periods every other month or so should even expect that she could GET pregnant? Between Oct. 2004-Oct. 2005 I had skipped a period every other month. Nov.-Dec. 2005 had regular 5-day periods. Jan-Feb-March 2006 were light-to-heavy periods, with bleeding about 7 days long and occasionally very heavy. April 2006 regular 5-day period. May, June, July, reg. 4-5 day periods. Aug, a 1-day period, starting with the usual breast tenderness and abdominal cramping, then a bit of bleeding, then nothing. Over in 1 day. Sept, Oct no periods at all. Am experiencing no symptoms of pregnancy, but I don't know whether to worry about it or not. I'm not using any birth control because my OB/GYN won't prescribe the pill and tells me to use condoms. My guy won't use condoms. I occasionally use these "spermacide sheets" I pick up in Wal-Mart, but most of the time we don't use anything at all. I'm also annoyed that my OB/GYN, whom I've had for over 20 yrs, tells me to just use condoms and spermacide. I don't know whether to push the birth control issue or ignore it because of menopause coming up. How do I know whether I'm ovulating or not with no periods? How do I know whether I should worry about pregnancy or not with these odd periods I'm getting, or not getting, as the case may be?
I would say it is pretty unlikely that you would get and stay pregnant, because you are dealing with 50+ year old eggs that won't have the viabilty of when you were younger. Your doc shouldn't be so casual even so, if you are concerned about ovulation you should test a couple of months by charting your temps. It is indeed possible to ovulate when you are perimenopausal; you aren't menopausal because you still have some eggs left. The periods you do have come after the ovulation, most likely. It is probably even possible to have a healthy pregnancy (with your own egg) and if you don't want to risk that, you do need information. Good luck temping!
this must be horribly frustrating. my mom is 56 and still having periods here and there. she is single so pg isnt a concern, but the dr said her eggs couldnt produce a baby. but that is what her dr said, another might say different. one thing that concerns me is you said your guy wont wear condoms. i think protection is a 2 way street. i would think if pregnancy is of concern id say wear it. i dont have any advice to offer other than to let your other know how important this issue is to you. maybe consider a second opinion.
you aren't considered menopausal until you've gone one year without your period. you can get pregnant during perimenopause. it's tricky since your periods are no longer regular. i hope you can convince your doctor to take your b/c issues seriously. good luck :)
My mil did the same thing your doin. She finally stopped having a pd after about a year. I know your miserable. She was. She was also very hard to be around. VERY MOODY!!! I think the doctor can give you something for it. I would go check with him/her. Good luck!!
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