How Likely It Is for a 54-year Old Woman To Get Pregnant?

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What are the chances of a 54 year old woman of getting pregnant if, she has irregular periods with 4 to 6 months without any period at all, who had sex one time halfway through her cycle and took the plan B morning after pills? Is there any chance of getting pretty slim? I have heard that a woman has to wait at least until the day or day after her period is missed before she could go on home pregnancy test. When they are irregular, it would be very hard to tell if it was missed or not yet. Is this only caused of perimenopause or am I pregnant? Does perimenopause cause hormone imbalances that could give false reading on pregnancy test?
asked Dec 1, 2010 by anonymous

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If you have irregular periods there is no exact date of ovulation, sometimes irregular periods are a sign of anovulation it means that you are not ovulating. In other words if that is the case there a chance that you cannot get pregnant. It is a also a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), depending on whether or not you are ovulating on your own or not. Don't lose hope although there is a slim chance, I myself has this condition and I was able to get pregnant I discovered having PCOS after several months later post delivery.

The best thing to do is to see your OB-Gyne for further evaluation in order to check whether or not you are ovulating. There are ways to detect ovulation:

Cervical Mucus changes - as your ovulation approaches your cervical mucus becomes abundant, it is watery like raw-egg white consistency and it stretches up to 1 inch or more between your fingers. Comparing it if you're not ovulating it becomes creamy and pasty.

Increased sexual desire - research has shown that most women noticeably experience increase in sexual desire when they are fertile.

Changes in cervical position - cervix will be higher, softer and more open. It requires practice to feel the difference during your fertile and infertile days.

Breasts are tender - during ovulation breasts become tender due to the increase of hormones that regulates ovulation.

Basal Body temperature changes - BBT will rise about few tenths of a degree and stay elevated after ovulation.  This is caused by increased progesterone, a hormone that prepares the uterus for the coming of egg cell.

I hope this help. Good luck!
answered Feb 11, 2013 by PamS Gold Guide (525 points)