Can You Get Pregnant During Menopause?

Many women may not recognize that they have entered menopause and may think that they are pregnant, while some pregnant women think they have entered menopause instead. Since the major sign of being pregnant or entering menopause are the same – a complete cessation of menstruation – it’s easy to see why this could be confusing in certain circumstances. Menopause symptoms do not just stop with a lack of periods, however, as it can include a whole range of side effects. Here are just a few of the most common menopause symptoms:

Can You Get Pregnant During Menopause?
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Foggy memory
  • Thinner skin
  • Shedding hair
  • Excessive facial hair
  • Loss of libido

During both pregnancy and menopause, the hormones levels of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone will change dramatically, leading to similar symptoms in both cases. However, during pregnancy, these are some of the most common menopause symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Strange food cravings
  • Breast tenderness or leaking

Since these are not normally associated with menopause, if you are experiencing these symptoms, you may be pregnant instead. However, there is only one sure way to know and that is to visit your doctor and get tested. It is crucial to know if you are pregnant or not as quickly as possible, as every food and medicine that enters your body can potentially affect your baby. If you are going through menopause, however, you may just need to take some menopause supplements that can help offset some of the symptoms causing you discomfort.

If you are going through menopause and are worried that you could become pregnant, know that this is indeed a real risk. You can get pregnant during menopause. Your body still has ovaries, and unless you have had a hysterectomy, still has all of the equipment needed to get pregnant. Just because you no longer have regular periods, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t fertile – it just means you have entered a differing stage of hormonal production. Use protection if you fear pregnancy, because there are no guarantees.

Menopause can be a very difficult time, and the last thing you need to worry about is having a baby. Since you cannot rely on your periods to let you know, you need to use prevention to keep your peace of mind. If you suspect you may be pregnant, visit with your doctor to get on a good routine that will let you stay safe and healthy.

Emily Peetlukes

Contributor: Emily Peetlukes (The Beauty Insiders)

This Article Has Been Published on July 20, 2013 and Last Modified on January 25, 2018

Emily is a dreamer who was born to run wild and free; a traveler who is always on the move collecting research and experiences from different people and cultures from all over the world. Her love of writing comes naturally, and she finds it a great way to share stories, advice and information from her life experiences. Emily is a certified life coach, a dating expert and has a wide range of knowledge from health and fitness, adventure and traveling, sex and relationships as well as beauty and culture. She hopes to continue to share her passion of writing with the world through future projects including books, novels, articles and blogs. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

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