When do you know for sure you can't get preg anymore?

soozNovember 11, 2003

My girlfriends and I were discussing this subject, as we are all "of an age."

How DO you know that you are "done" being fertile?

I've always heard that if you go a year without a period, you get your menopause *badge* and you don't have to worry about birth control or getting preg anymore.

If this is true, one gal said her DH was gonna be doing the *happy happy joy joy* dance in May 2004, as he'll be able to throw away all those c0nd0ms! (time for a PARTY!)

BUT WAIT...

Then, because I posted this on the wrong BB, a response was that many women have a "surprise" baby even tho they hadn't had a period for a year.

How can we over-50, not-having-periods women be really sure we're not fertile?

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gandbb

the one word answer for me was "vasectomy".

    Bookmark   November 14, 2003 at 7:08PM
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jxbrown

Chance of having a term baby after age 42 or 43 is less than 10%. Those TV stars and aging models who have babies at 51 are using "donor" (aka "very expensive") eggs from younger women.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2003 at 2:38AM
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sammy zone 7 Tulsa

My aunt had a miscarriage at the age of 47 and a child at 49. Our family has late menopause, and I was concerned about this subject. My periods stopped when my doctor put me on HRT (years ago) at the age of 53. Until that time there was a possibility that I could get pregnant. She would tell me that my blood tests indicated that it was nearly impossible, but I feared that they would change.
These years were very uncomfortable to me. I was afraid that I would go to the doctor for a regular Pap smear and find out I was 6 months pregnant. I always used protection until it was almost impossible to get pregnant.
Sammy

    Bookmark   December 24, 2003 at 10:28AM
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cheerful1_gw

When my doctor told me last week that I'm in menopause (FSH is 47, LH is 25), she also told me that I don't have to worry about getting pregnant anymore. As much as I would like to believe that, I don't want any surprises. I have to get a sonogram to check my uterine lining; I'm going to see if I can get more assurances at that time.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 7:38AM
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encourager

when do you know for sure? When they lower you into the ground....sorry, that wasn't very encouraging was it? My sense of humor has gotten rather weird during menopause.
Seriously, my aunt thought she couldn't get pregnant...had no period for years. Then, surprise! At 48 she walked down the isle at her daughter's wedding 8 months pregnant. It was a very tough time for her.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2006 at 10:35PM
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elsie_ms

I am hoping it is after you have a total hysterectomy,(ovaries /tubes and cervis). If not then, I am really gonna be in trouble one day. :-)

    Bookmark   September 30, 2006 at 5:53PM
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