Can You Get Pregnant During Menopause?

Can You Get Pregnant During Menopause?

Can You Get Pregnant During Menopause?

Although women who have completed menopause are no longer fertile and thus unable to get pregnant, women are still fertile during menopausal transition, according to the National Institute on Aging. Menopausal transition causes irregular menstrual cycles, making it difficult for women to predict their fertile periods, and sometimes pregnancy results.

Pregnancy remains a possibility until women experience consistently elevated levels of follicle-stimulating hormone or 12 consecutive months without a period to confirm menopause, and experts advise women who do not wish to get pregnant during this time to use birth control, notes EverydayHealth. After menopause, women no longer have the ability to get pregnant; however, some post-menopausal women become pregnant via in vitro fertilization using donor eggs.