Having a Baby after Menopause

    At first blush, it appears odd to address this topic. It may appear odd because the menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive life and it should be readily apparent that no menopausal woman might become pregnant. However, my experience with my patients has led me to understand that some confusion does exist regarding a menopausal woman’s ability to conceive. It is not at all uncommon to encounter women who have questions regarding this. My colleagues have had similar experiences and we have all come to the understanding that it is not an uncommon concern. This topic is not an infrequent search on the internet and it is not uncommon that a woman broaches this topic with her obstetrician and gynecologist. So, questions of “why?” aside, I will here address the topic.

    In reality, without medical intervention, a woman cannot conceive after the menopause. The menopause is accompanied by the cessation of ovulation and, without an egg to fertilize, no baby can be made. This reposes on the assumption that the woman in question is really in menopause; that is, that she has been diagnosed as menopausal by the usual criteria. This woman will not get pregnant. Now, what if she is peri-menopausal? Well then, the answer of course is that she can get pregnant. Eggs may be being released (albeit irregularly) and are able to be fertilized.

    So, in the natural state, a menopausal woman will not get pregnant. Now, this begs the question of, “What does medicine have to offer to a menopausal woman who wishes to bear a child?” The quick answer to that is that modern medicine has, within its capabilities, the ability to induce the hormonal state that is conducive to the establishment of a pregnancy. By “establishment of a pregnancy” I mean the ability to provide a place for implantation and growth. Conception would occur with a donor egg and it would be performed by one of the various artificial reproductive technologies that exist to facilitate ex vivo conception.


 

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