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Can you get pregnant during the perimenopause? Dr Marilyn Glenville answers the question

Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville
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Continuing our Menopause Monday series, Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritonist, who specialises in women’s health and author of Natural Solutions to Menopause answers another reader’s menopause question.

Monica: Can I get pregnant during the perimenopause?


The answer is definetely yes and if you don’t want to get pregnant then you must take precautions. The difficulty is that during this perimenopause stage your periods are likely to be irregular. For instance, you could have missed three cyckles and then on the fourth cycle you ovulate two weeks before the period would be due. You could then become pregnant on that cycle and not even realise it because you would think that you are just missing another cycle.
Also, to be clear, a blood test that shows high levels of FSH does not mean that you don’t need contraception. Your levels are going to fluctuate widely in the perimenopause so although high levels mean you may be menopausal, and your fertility may be lower than before, it does not mean you cannot get pregnant.
You will need any contraception if you are under the age of 50 and have not had any periods for two years, and you only need one year clear if you are over 50.

Dr Marilyn Glenville

Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD is the UK’s leading nutritionist specialising in women’s health. Dr Glenville is the Former President of the Food and Health Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine. She is the author of eight internationally best selling books including ‘Natural Solutions to the Menopause’, ‘Healthy eating for the Menopause’, ‘Osteoporosis – how to prevent, reverse and treat it’ and ‘Fat around the Middle’. Dr Glenville runs clinics in London, Tunbridge Wells and Ireland. For more in depth information look on Marilyn’s website www.marilynglenville.com. If you are interested in a consultation you can contact Dr Glenville’s clinic on 0870 5329244 or by email: health@marilynglenville.com. For good quality supplements and herbs during the menopause go to www.naturalhealthpractice.com

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