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If I am still getting my period even tho very heavy and lasting for 2 weeks at a time can I still get pregnant. I am 47

By Anonymous July 1, 2016 - 10:33am
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. I am glad you reached out to our community with your question if it is still possible for you to conceive. I will do my best to explain why you may and may not still be able to.

Let's begin with your mention that you are still getting a period but the flow is heavy and it lasts for two weeks. Has this always been how your periods present or has this only happened recently?

Have you spoken to your gynecologist about this pattern? Has a diagnosis been made? Have you ever been pregnant?

Anonymous, considering your age of 47, it is possible that you might be approaching perimenopause. Perimenopause is the transitional time in a woman's reproductive years when hormone levels, particularly estrogen begin to fluctuate.

Menstrual cycle irregularities are one of the early signs. Your menstrual cycles may lengthen or shorten, and you may begin having menstrual cycles in which your ovaries don't release an egg.

Until you reach menopause, which is marked by not having a period for 12 consecutive months, conceiving is possible. You might have heard of the "change of life baby."

Some doctors may order tests to check your hormone levels. But other than checking thyroid function, which can affect hormone levels, hormone testing is rarely necessary or useful to evaluate perimenopause.


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