Often when women begin to experience perimenopausal symptoms their thought s turn to contraception. You can fall pregnant during this time (unlikely as it is). Even if you’re having hot flashes and irregular periods, it doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant.
Although your fertility is declining, you can still conceive. If you don’t want to get pregnant, you need to use birth control throughout perimenopause. T
What if I want to fall pregnant?
Really? It is possible that some women will want to have a child post-menopause, particularly if they experienced early menopause as the result of illness or a medical procedure (and some folks meet Mr. Right later in life).
Menopause can not be reversed at this stage, but you may be able to access IVF if you’re general health is good. You can use eggs you had frozen earlier in life, or you can use fresh or frozen donor eggs. You will also need hormone therapy to prepare your body for implantation and to carry a baby to term.
- Multiple pregnancy, especially if you have IVF. Multiple pregnancies can result in early birth, low birth weight, and difficult delivery.
- Gestational diabetes, which can cause health problems for both mom and baby.
- High blood pressure, which requires careful monitoring and possibly medication to ward off complications.
- Placenta previa, which may require bed rest, medications, or cesarean delivery.
- Miscarriage or stillbirth.
- Cesarean birth.
- Premature or low birth weight.