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Perimenopause, menopause, or pregnant? What you should know

While menopause signifies the end of a woman’s childbearing years, the same can’t be said of perimenopause.1 Often referred to as the menopausal transition, perimenopause occurs when the ovaries gradually stop working, less estrogen is produced, and a person becomes less fertile.1, 2

What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause is the first stage of menopause, and some women already notice a menstrual change in their mid-30s.3 Irregular periods are usually the first sign of perimenopause.3 Periods can become longer or shorter, and the flow heavier or lighter.3 Menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, sleep problems, and vaginal dryness, may also be present.

Can you fall pregnant during perimenopause?

The short answer is yes. Despite experiencing menopausal symptoms such as irregular periods, and ovulation not being predictable, you can still fall pregnant when perimenopausal.1, 3

Can you fall pregnant during menopause?

Menopause is when you haven’t had your period for 12 consecutive months.3, 4 It’s a natural part of life and marks the end of your reproductive years and happens anytime from the late 40s to early 50s.3, 4 It’s impossible to fall pregnant once you’re postmenopausal.3, 4

Perimenopausal and want to start a family?

For many women, falling pregnant can be quite challenging, even in their 30s or 40s. If you’re perimenopausal and you plan to start a family, speak to your doctor.4 Thanks to advances in medical technology, there are fertility-enhancing treatments and techniques that can help you fall pregnant.4 Your doctor will be able to recommend options best suited to your health needs.4

Take the questionnaire before your next appointment and take it with to discuss with your doctor.