As women age their hormone levels fall and menopause begins, ultimately resulting in their ovaries no longer producing eggs. However, while many women believe that menopause happens overnight, the process can actually take years to complete. Until the process is complete, a woman can get pregnant.
Becoming Pregnant During Menopause - The Menopause Baby
When a woman goes through menopause, her body phases out menstrual cycles until they stop all together. The woman may go for months or even a year between having one period and the next. This long time frame is at the heart of the undiscovered menopause baby.
During the time when the female body is not having a menstrual cycle, the body may still be releasing those last few eggs. If the egg is released and there is a viable sperm waiting to fertilize the egg, the female can, and will, get pregnant.
Thanks to the lack of a normal menstrual cycle, the female may not notice they are pregnant until they are months into the pregnancy. There have even been cases where mothers of climbing age have gone to the hospital with stomach and back pains only to leave the hospital a few days later with a baby in their arms.
Detecting the Menopause Baby
It is important as the female goes through the cycle of menopause to keep regular gynecological checkups. These checkups will allow for the doctor to examine the female and possibly detect the rouge pregnancy before it is too late to begin prenatal care.It is important to keep track of all your menstrual cycles well into menopause and take note of any changes occurring in the body. There are clear signs when a pregnancy begins that will not be synonymous with menopause. These symptoms may include total cessation of periods, an unexplained increased in weight and swelling of the extremities.
Preventing the Menopausal Pregnancy
Many women over the age of 40, feel they are not in need of contraception during sex due to perimenopause, or pre-menopausal symptoms. In fact, many women continue to ovulate well through their 40’s. Contraception is the only way to ensure you are not going to get pregnant when practicing intercourse. The contraception option most chosen by women who are of menopausal age is the tubal ligation.
During the tubal ligation, the woman has her fallopian tubes cut, burned or clamped off to prevent further pregnancies. While the procedure must be completed by an obstetrician under general anesthesia, the recovery time is very short.
The menopausal baby is something that is a reality. When the number of periods decline, this does not mean the female body is not ovulating. Ovulation can occur without a period and pregnancy can occur well into the 40’s and 50’s. Women who believe they are experiencing menopause will need to be free of a menstrual cycle for at least one year before they are officially post menopausal. And, even then, the chance of pregnancy, though rare, is still there.