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What are the symptoms for pregnancy during menopause?

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Symptoms of pregnancy during menopause include fatigue, tender breasts, mood swings and increased urination, advises Mayo Clinic. These symptoms are very similar to those of menopause itself and may make recognizing pregnancy more difficult.

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What are the symptoms for pregnancy during menopause?
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Menopause usually begins when a woman is in her 40s. Perimenopause, the first stage of menopause, lasts an average of four years, states WebMD. Like pregnant women, during menopause, women experience fatigue, breast tenderness and mood swings.

During menopause, the ovaries decrease estrogen production, and women are less likely to become pregnant. Pregnancy is possible, however, and the irregular menstrual cycle that accompanies menopause makes it difficult for women to predict their fertility and chance of conception, advises the National Institute on Aging. If a woman starts skipping periods, pregnancy is a possible cause, states WebMD.

Other symptoms that may indicate a menopausal woman is pregnant include nausea or morning sickness, a heightened sense of smell, food cravings or aversions, dizziness, heartburn and constipation, according to Mayo Clinic.

Women who do not want to become pregnant at this stage of their lives should stay on some type of birth control until they have gone 12 months without a period, states WebMD. At that point, natural pregnancy is no longer possible.

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