Will I be able to have children after menopause?
Menopause is the time when your body’s fertility levels naturally begin to wind down. Part of that process is the gradual reduction of certain hormones, notably progesterone and oestrogen. As a byproduct of that process, other chemical production levels within the body also slow down or stop – for example, the production of collagen. It’s this drop in hormone levels which results in a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms ranging from hot flashes to headaches.
We often get asked if it’s possible to have children after menopause, particularly when talking to young women who have experienced medically induced menopause resulting from cancer treatment. Typically menopause is associated with the end of your childbearing years, but it is possible for pregnancy to still happen during perimenopause.
Once you reach post-menopause your hormone levels are no longer suitable for ovulation and natural pregnancy, but sometimes there are potential options through IVF. Depending on your circumstances that’s something you would have to discuss with your doctor.
BY JENNIFER YOUNG