Getting Pregnant If Going Into Menopause
I have just entered into menopause according to my doctor. I am 42 years of age and have two children aged 3.5 & 2.5. My last period was February 2012. Can I still get pregnant? I would like to have another child.
You are not in menopause yet, you are in perimenopause and this is the time before your periods completely stop and never come back. In perimenopause your hormones will fluctuate causing some unpleasant symptoms typical of this time of transition. The first one is irregular periods. Your doctor will test your hormonal profile and determine if your ovarian reserves are adequate for another pregnancy. If your ovarian reserves are low, this does not mean that you cannot get pregnant, but it will be harder than before and you will need some help.
A woman is officially in menopause when she doesn’t have a period for 12 months consecutively. If your last menstrual period (LMP) was February 2012, you are definitely not in menopause but in perimenopause and can still conceive and give birth naturally to healthy babies.
The problem with been in perimenopause and trying to conceive (TTC) is the fact that your ovarian reserves are naturally getting low due to poor hormonal balance, which is typical to women over 40.
You will probably notice that your periods either get closer together or get further and further apart.
Women who have short menstrual cycles have a sharp drop in estrogen levels that trigger the shedding of the endometrium causing an early period. If these women do get pregnant, they are at risk of having a miscarriage as a result.
If your periods are longer and do not come regularly, you will probably be unable to ovulate regularly each month.
This makes your ability to conceive really more difficult because you will have less and less chances of conception as the time goes by. This particular case is also often related to cases of poor progesterone balance during the luteal phase (second half) of the menstrual cycle and high FSH levels during the follicular phase (first half of the menstrual cycle).
Having high levels of FSH means that it takes increasingly amounts of follicle stimulating hormones (FSH) to get an egg to mature each month.
The natural solution to women who
are trying to conceive during perimenopause is to:
1. Eliminate toxins that can disrupt the hormonal balance in your body. Women who are in their forties have a natural tendency to exhibit poor hormonal balance, but toxins in food, water and air can further create more imbalance. Unfortunately these hormonal disruptor are also responsible for early menopause, infertility, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS, ovarian cysts, fibrocystic breast disease, early puberty in girls, breast development in boys, and sexual dysfunctions in men. They are called xenoestrogens or bad estrogens as the mimic the action of estrogen in the body. Following a fertility cleanse
for 1-2 months is the best way to eliminate these and other toxins that affect fertility, ovulation and hormonal balance.
2. Create hormonal balance and maintain levels and estrogen and progesterone stable avoiding sharp fluctuations. Also support the pituitary gland in maintaining balanced levels of FSH and LH hormones. In order to release an egg the ratio between FSH and LH should be 1. Herbal remedies like Vitex agnus castus
have been studied for its ability to balance LH and FSH levels bringing back missed periods and re-establish regular cycles in perimenopause women. To provide good results, Vitex needs to be taken regularly for 4-6 months or more.
3. Support the health of the ovarian tissue to assist the body in producing healthy eggs. During perimenopause egg quality becomes an issue, but it is possible to improve poor egg quality through nutrition and supplementation of specific whole food vitamins, minerals and superfoods like maca, royal jelly, L-arginine, CoQ10 and other antioxidants. I do recommend the Improve Egg Health Kit
, which contains all the necessary remedies and supplements your body needs to make good eggs and support ovulation.
4. Increase blood circulation to the reproductive organs, especially the ovaries. Self-fertility massage
is the most easy, practical and effective way to provide your ovaries with oxygenated and nutrient rich blood to support the formation of healthy follicle and the maturation of healthy eggs.
By following these steps your body will be able to regain balance and prevent you from going into early menopause. Once you can establish regular ovulation patterns you will extend your fertility until the “right time” to go into menopause will come. In th emean time you will be able to get pregnant again.