Many women find themselves still worrying about the possibility of getting pregnant postmenopause, because they have spent their whole lives trying to avoid unplanned pregnancies. However, it is not medically possible for you to get pregnant during postmenopause.
A small percentage of women claim to have become pregnant postmenopause, but this is due to the assumption that they have already gone through menopause, because their periods appear to have stopped. However, this is a phase called perimenopause, and a woman could still be ovulating during this time.
It is important for a doctor to confirm that you have indeed gone through menopause to be 100% certain that you cannot get pregnant.
Why Can't I Get Pregnant during Postmenopause?
Menopause marks a year after a woman's last period, signaling that hormone levels have dropped sufficiently to stop the body from ovulating. Keep reading to learn more about these processes.
• Drop in hormone levels. The production of essential sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, plays a vital role in your body's inability to conceive after menopause. When your hormone levels decrease, your body stops functioning the way it did before menopause. Many changes occur that cause you to experience the unpleasant side effects of menopause and that also stop allowing you to have children.
• End of ovulation. Ovulating refers to the moment when a woman's ovary releases an egg to be fertilized. During the menstrual cycle, an egg is released about two weeks before you began your period. When your body stops ovulating, eggs are no longer released for fertilization, making it impossible for you to get pregnant.
Sex after Menopause
Some postmenopausal women are wistful about the fact that they are no longer able to conceive a baby. Even if another child is not on the cards, menopause marks the end of reproductive life and the end of an era.
However, many women find that menopause comes as a relief, as there is no longer any need to worry about hormonal contraception, unplanned pregnancies or untimely periods.
Postmenopausal sex can be a liberating experience! However, even though you can't get pregnant after menopause you could still contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD), so it is important to remember to practice safe sex by using a barrier method such as a condom or female condom.
Other postmenopausal symptoms, such as vaginal dryness, can also affect your sex life, so it is important to be aware of the condition, to be able to treat the symptoms and avoid complications.
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