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What Are The Chances of Being Pregnant at 47?

Updated on May 10, 2017
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I started TTC in my early 40s. After endless research on fertility in my 40s (and a miscarriage) I finally had my baby at age 46.

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.

Donor egg IVF can be a successful option for those in their late 40s
Donor egg IVF can be a successful option for those in their late 40s

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.

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      emma spencer 3 weeks ago

      I am 44 years old. Although my chances are pretty much low but I will keep my hopes up. And with thin uterus lining and hormonal imbalance its hard. How mentally sickning this processes are. Never thought it would be this difficult. I always thought with updated research and technology getting pregnant is easy. But unfortunately, nothing is easy.

      I met few women in doctor’s clinic my friend suggested me to visit there. How understanding we become when someone going through the same problem.

      Due to long term use of birth control pills causes thin uterus lining. I used various herbs and natural supplements. Exercise on regular basis. After Hysteroscpy went well still nothing happened. Age factor and hormonal imbalance also can cause. It makes me frustrated and depressed now really want to consider other options.

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      Jackie Grant 13 months ago from UK

      Good luck tooold, I hope you get lucky!

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      tooold 13 months ago

      I am 47 yrs old, divorced with 3 older children (ages 13, 17 and 21). Earlier this year I met a wonderful man! We would like to have a child together. I was on the pill from February until July and am just now getting a regulated period. I am pretty sure that I am still ovulating. I was pretty regular before the pill. My gyn said to take prenatal vitamins...so I have been since July. I work out regularly and am honestly in the best physical shape of my adult life! Getting pregnant was never difficult for me before so I am hoping I am not too old. Feel like I get a 2nd chance at love and motherhood!

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      Jackie Grant 2 years ago from UK

      What a great story jackiejenni and congratulations. It is lovely to hear success stories like yours that definitely give people hope that it can happen, thanks very much for sharing.

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      Jackiejenni 2 years ago

      I thought some of the ladies out there might be interested in my own very lucky experience. I have just turned 50 and I have a beautiful 21 month old son conceived naturally (no fertility treatment) when I was 47.5 and born at full term after being induced (40 weeks and 2 days) when I was 48 and 3 months. I was trying for the baby, unaware at first how low the statistics are for someone my age. I had recently got married to a younger man and wanted a baby and it took me 9 months of trying to get pregnant. By this time I had read up on all the stats about at least 50% of pregnancies in the over 45s ending in miscarriage, so I tried not to let myself get too excited until the 14 week period, but it seems like mother nature was on my side. This was not my first baby as I have 2 children from my first marriage born when I was 26 and 32 so they are now 23 and 17. So it can happen and I have heard of a few others having babies at 45 plus also. I was quite overweight when I got pregnant ( always been like this) and just eat normal food and don't do any exercise except a bit of walking. Now I have my baby,I am trying to be more healthy so I can hopefully live to a good age and not act like some crumbling old granny. I think my situation is fairly unusual - when I had gone to my Dr at 46 to say I wanted my IUS removed to see if I could get pregnant she advised me to take folic acid and wished me good luck but also said I may wish to consider donor eggs. I told her I was going to try naturally and see what happened. I personally was not interested in IVF but appreciate the options this offers others. When I had a prenatal appointment with the consultant at the hospital the first question she asked was whether I had had IVF. So I just want to wish others trying Good luck - you may be one of the lucky 2% (or whatever the odds are ) like me.

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      Jackie Grant 2 years ago from UK

      I'd love to hear how LK1642 is getting on - as for me, my little one is now a toddler...

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      Moni 2 years ago

      Update?

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      Jackie Grant 5 years ago from UK

      Congrats LK1642! I wish you all the best for this pregnancy, what great news. It just goes to show that it is still possible as long as we are still having regular periods.

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      LK1642 5 years ago

      I just stumbled upon this article since I was searching for information about other women who are 47 and became pregnant naturally. My situation was not unlike how you describe it. I was sure I was in menopause and had an appt., scheduled with a GYN. The week before my husband I talked about taking a test just to rule out pregnancy as a possibility and here I am 7 weeks along with my first OB appt., scheduled for this coming Tuesday. This will be my first and I seriously thought I had a better chance of winning the lottery then getting pregnant. My reason for not having any are purely circumstantial, I've never had any issues. My periods are regular and I've never taken birth control. So...we'll see how things go at the appt., praying that all is well. Healthy baby, healthy mommy.