Many women who want to be mothers are concerned about the connection between pre menopause and pregnancy. Pre-menopause is the transitional period between a woman’s fertility and the inability to naturally conceive. Luckily for them, pre-menopausal symptoms, while an indication of a hormonal decline, do not guarantee infertility. In fact, there are even options to become pregnant after menopause with proper professional intervention.
Motherhood is a desire for most women. Some women, however, experience early menopause, which affects their motherhood timeline dramatically. During pre-menopause, ovulation and irregular periods occur while the body begins to prepare for infertility. This process, however, does not disqualify the possibility of pregnancy until one year without a period or ovulation takes place. Pre menopause and pregnancy doesn’t happen at the same time often but it when it does it is referred to as post-menopausal.
While it becomes more challenging, lifestyle changes can heighten chances of fertility in pre-menopausal women. Because aging, irregardless of pre menopausal symptoms, makes infertility more difficult, eating healthy, proper exercise, and rest are important for raising the conception probability. Although it may be difficult, paying attention to ovulation symptoms are paramount. Even if ovulation is irregular, signs including breast tenderness and changed in vaginal discharge are indicators of ovulation and are the best times to try natural fertilization.
For women either experiencing pre-menopausal symptoms, are between 40 and 50 years old, or are post-menopausal, there are still options, while not naturally, to conceive. Post-menopause indicates a permanent hormone balance change. In vitro fertilization, commonly known as IVF, is a great conception option. This option is only available for women who decided to freeze their eggs prior to becoming post-menopausal; post-menopausal eggs that naturally occur are not usable. For women who haven’t frozen eggs, they have the option to receive eggs, either fresh or frozen, from a donor. It is also important to note while IVF increases the probability of a healthy conception, it can lead to multiple eggs being fertilized, depending on how many treatments are performed. Multiple pregnancies raise the probability of premature birth, lower birth weight, and delivery complications.
It is important to understand the risks of pre-menopausal pregnancy, even with a successful conception. Women experiencing pre-menopausal symptoms are typically over the age of 35, meaning they are predisposed to higher chances of experiencing low birth weight, premature birth, placental eruption, and even miscarriage or stillbirth. Abnormalities like Down Syndrome probabilities also increase in women with pre-menopausal symptoms. Speaking with a physician for an accurate health diagnosis is recommended. If IVF is a possibility, understanding the risks and complications is important, as premenopausal pregnancies can be challenging. Undergoing hormone therapy is also mandatory for IVF.
Despite the potential complications, having a healthy pregnancy and delivery are possible when proper precautions are taken. Maintaining overall health will determine the likelihood of a successful pregnancy so eating a balanced diet, getting proper rest, and exercise are all important to become a pre, or even post-menopausal mother.