Can I get pregnant at 49?

My only daughter just turned 30, and my new husband is 38 and doesn't have any children. I haven't been pregnant since her birth and believe I have PCOS. Can I get pregnant at 49?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (1)


Answered by Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group

Unfortunately, getting pregnant at age 49 is extremely unlikely. As you approach 50, you are approaching menopause. So, not only would you have little to no eggs remaining, your hormones are beginning to shut down, meaning you won't be able to ovulate. If you did get pregnant using your own eggs, you would also be at a high risk for chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down Syndrome. One way you could try getting pregnant at your age is by using an egg donor. You could use a donor's eggs, which would be much healthier and have higher chances of success and have low risk for chromosomal abnormalities. If you would like to consider this option, I would definitely proceed sooner rather than later by getting established with a fertility doctor. You may soon reach an age where clinics are unwilling to help you get pregnant because of the health risks of having a baby later in life. Best of luck!

Published on Jan 28, 2016

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Answered by Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group

Unfortunately, getting pregnant at age 49 is extremely unlikely. As you approach 50, you are approaching menopause. So, not only would you have little to no eggs remaining, your hormones are beginning to shut down, meaning you won't be able to ovulate. If you did get pregnant using your own eggs, you would also be at a high risk for chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down Syndrome. One way you could try getting pregnant at your age is by using an egg donor. You could use a donor's eggs, which would be much healthier and have higher chances of success and have low risk for chromosomal abnormalities. If you would like to consider this option, I would definitely proceed sooner rather than later by getting established with a fertility doctor. You may soon reach an age where clinics are unwilling to help you get pregnant because of the health risks of having a baby later in life. Best of luck!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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