- Women's Health
What Are The Chances of Being Pregnant at 47?
Pregnancy at 47
Well, if you have read one of my other articles about getting pregnant at 43 then you will know that the chances drop as you get further into your 40s at a pretty alarming rate. However, in my investigations I have found the question of the possibility of being pregnant at age 47 is one of the biggest ones asked and that is why I decided to write this article for those who either think they may be pregnant at 47 or else who are trying to get pregnant.
Menopause at 47?
It may be the fact that as we get into our late 40s, the peri-menopause starts to set in for some women and they experience symptoms similar to that of being pregnant. Periods may stop or suddenly be late and women may experience backache, bloating, and generally pregnancy-like symptoms (particularly if they have been pregnant before and recognise these signs).
So if you are getting similar symptoms at age 47 to those you might get if you were pregnant then it could be the case that you are hitting the menopause or just getting peri-menopause symptoms.
Even if you are in peri-menopause though, you can still get pregnant.
As the cut-off date for getting pregnant naturally has generally been touted as age 45, you tend to expect to have to start thinking about the menopause or peri-menopause at this age. However, for most women it does not start until their early 50s so it may be too early to consider this.
Getting Pregnant at 47
Of course there is always the chance that you could be pregnant at the age of 47, even if it is a pretty slim one if you have not already gone through the menopause.
In fact there are cases of women who go on to give birth into their early fifties but obviously this is rare. Often those women will have used IVF (and probably with donor eggs) for that to happen, but that is not to say it is impossible to get pregnant naturally in your 50s or late 40s.
If you are 47 and think you might be pregnant then take a home pregnancy test or go to your doctor and get checked out by them. However, be aware that I have heard and read of stories of women going to their doctor thinking they might be pregnant and the doctor totally writing off the idea and saying it must be the menopause. In this case going armed with a positive pregnancy test result should prove otherwise!
A lot of women these days are putting off getting pregnant until later in life, or maybe it just hasn’t happened for them so if you have a wish to get pregnant at 47 then as long as you are ovulating then there is a chance it might happen, and in life a long shot is better than no shot at all. So, if you do want to get pregnant and you are 47 (or even older) then it is worth trying of course to see if it will happen for you as, after all, you might be one of the lucky ones.
The problem with getting pregnant in your 40s, as I know, is that the chance of miscarriage is much higher due to the possibility of chromosomal abnormalities. As long as you bear this in mind then this may keep your chances in perspective.
I would be interested to hear from the experiences of women in their 40's who have got pregnant.
Do You Have a Regular Cycle?
If you have a regular cycle and are still ovulating then there is a chance that you can become pregnant. It does take longer to get pregnant the older you get but if you are still ovulating then there is still a chance. If you have been trying for a while then you can go and get your levels checked by your doctor - these blood tests may determine what kind of egg reserve you have left as the reserves diminish as we get older. The doctor may test your FSH and if it comes out at a high number (over 25) then you may have less chance of getting pregnant (but there is still hope).
If you are actively trying to get pregnant then it is worth monitoring your cycles by taking your temperature and using ovulation tests. Check out my article on when will I ovulate for more info.
Using Donor Eggs
Once you get past about 44 and you still want to get pregnant then doctors recommend the use of donor eggs in IVF treatment as this has a massively higher success rate than using your own eggs. I went through this myself and had a healthy baby boy in my late 40s.
The success rates for donor eggs vary from around 50 to 80% so this is a great chance to have a healthy baby. Women can undergo this treatment into their early 50s (and some will take older women) so you don't have to rush into it.
It can be worth trying naturally for a few months first while looking into the possibility of using donor eggs down the line.
Should you try to get pregnant naturally at 47?
This is a big question but if you are keen to have a baby that is genetically yours then it is definitely worth trying. It would be advisable to monitor your cycles to check when you are ovulating to give yourself the best chance of getting pregnant. Give yourself a deadline if you are thinking of going down other routes.
If you want to have a baby and do not mind using donor eggs then you have a seriously good chance of getting pregnant at 47. Just check out the success rates of some of the clinics and you may be surprised.