Menopause and Pregnancy

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A woman may ask the question – “Is it possible to experience menopause and pregnancy at the same time? In other words - is pregnancy during menopause or pregnancy after menopause, possible?

To understand how menopause and pregnancy can occur, here is the definition of menopause. Menopause is defined as the ending of a woman’s menstrual periods for twelve consecutive months. During the time, following what a woman thinks has been her last menstrual cycle she should continue using birth control measures to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. Keep in mind that while a pregnancy is not likely during this time, it is possible.

Menopause and pregnancy can actually be an incredibly enjoyable experience, especially if a woman is prepared. However, at this time in a woman’s life, pregnancy is possibly a very shocking and could even be a disappointing experience. Whether this pregnancy is planned or unplanned, there are some things to keep in mind about the woman’s health and her unborn baby. During the pregnancy, a woman’s nutritional needs will increase, so a balanced diet and paying special attention to nutrients like calcium and folic acid is recommended.

Additionally, during the menopause and pregnancy, natural progesterone supplements have some very positive benefits and no known side effects. Women have been using these supplements safely for the last 30 years. The easiest and most effective form of progesterone is a natural progesterone cream, which should be used from the beginning of the pregnancy through delivery of the baby. Easy to use, the cream is applied primarily to the abdomen, breast, lower back, and upper thighs, all areas where it will help prevent the skin from stretching. The cream is absorbed into the underlying fat layer, which then absorbs into the blood stream on a continuous basis.

After delivery of the baby, the progesterone should be discontinued for one month then restarted. The suggested use of progesterone cream after delivery is one-quarter teaspoon twice a day for 21 days. Then, the cream is discontinued for one week at which time a period should start. From there, the cycle of the progesterone cream would start again. The thing to remember is 21 days on progesterone then 7 days off. The great thing is that this cream is completely safe during pregnancy and even after delivery. Another interesting factor of natural progesterone cream is that it is useful for postpartum depression treatment, which some women experience after childbirth. If a woman has any health concerns, she should discuss them with her physician.

We would like to offer one final word for the woman that may be experiencing pregnancy. Most importantly - “Congratulations”. If during menopause, the pregnancy may be a somewhat devastating experience, but it could possibly be the best time of a woman’s life. It is not all bad. Just think of the incredible bundle of joy that is part of your life now! On the other hand, if a woman has just been curious whether menopause and pregnancy can happen, she should be aware that it is in fact very possible. Therefore, it is best to take precaution if pregnancy is not intended during this time in a woman’s life.

 


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