Perimenopause and Pregnancy
You find out that you are of that age of perimenopause and pregnancy doesn’t seem to be such a threat anymore. So maybe you celebrate your “freedom”, go out, meet a guy, flail everything to the wind without a single thought for safety and spend a night or so with wild abandon. Then the next thing you know, you find yourself a couple of months later sitting on the floor of your bathroom, holding a positive-wielding pregnancy stick in one hand and some tissue for eye-dabbing in the other.
If you’re in this situation, then you probably regret spending that night without any protection (especially if in case, you really don’t know the guy). And you possibly didn’t do enough research to know that yes, even perimenopausal women can get pregnant.
Perimenopause is a phase that every woman will eventually go through. Some women may feel it, some women mayn’t. The rise and fall of estrogen levels are the main cause of perimenopause – that’s why we have what we call a female hormone imbalance. (Men have imbalances too, but that’s a subject that should be dealt with by a different writer.)
In perimenopause, you will still have periods, just irregular and erratic though. The fact that you still have them just means that you are still ovulating, hence fertile.
An irregular period is roughly defined as menses that comes and goes. When you reach a full 12 months of not having any bleeding or periods, then you just left the coop and started a new phase in your life – the big C (change) called menopause. That would be the only time that you will be pregnancy-free for eternity (and the one thing that not even scientific advances can undo).
So if you’re okay with not being pregnant and you’re still ovulating, I suggest you take precautions if you have an active sex life. The most popular form of birth control method is still taking the Pill. This has two benefits for women experiencing perimenopause: One, it really prevents you from becoming pregnant; and two, it regulates and manages your irregular periods.
Of course there’s another option, and that would be decreasing your sex life from full-blast to zero. If that’s not possible though, there are other means of preventing it. Other birth control methods may include injectables, condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps and sponges to name a few.
If you want permanent severance of child-bearing faculties, then surgery may be considered an option. Sterilization, tubal ligation and hysterectomy can be done. But before doing anything rash, discuss all possible alternatives of pregnancy prevention with your doctor before doing anything.
Perimenopause may be a phase where the body tells us we’re aging, but that doesn’t mean that new life may not grow within. Should you decide on not having kids (or any more kids), then take the necessary precautions.
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