How often does a woman get pregnant in her late 40's/early 50's? Do I really still need to use contraception?

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How often does a woman get pregnant in her late 40's/early 50's? Do I really still need to use contraception?
I'm 47. Still having regular periods but obviously must be approaching the menopause. If I told my doctor I was TTC then he'd say there was no chance, so do I really still need to use contraception if I don't want to? I mean, you'd laugh in the face of any woman trying to get pregnant at 47. So, as its practically impossible, realistically can I just drop the contraception? I'm with a new guy and we have sex every day, sometimes twice a day. Neither of us need worry about STIs so that aspect isn't an issue. We both want to ditch the contraception. I mean, I'm not gonna get pregnant am I realistically? What do you say? Any advice?
I say, you must be mad to even chance it. There are more 40+ year olds at termination clinics than the young ones.
Yes, it is still possible to get pregnant at the age of 47, actually, actress Kelly Preston got pregnant at age 47. You are actually more prone to get pregnant with twins. Id recommend staying on contraceptives, unless your prepared for children!
If you're still getting your period, you're probably still ovulating periodically. It's still possible, however unlikely, for you to get pregnant and if you DO get pregnant your baby will be more likely to have down syndrome and certain birth defects as a result of your age. If I were you I'd just continue to use contraceptive or maybe go with a permanent birth control. There's a new thing called essure that I keep seeing advertised. You don't need surgery and it's a permanent method, although I've seen mixed reviews on it. I think there are a few other "permanent" or "semi-permanent" methods and you can speak to your OBGYN to see if any of them are right for you.
If you don't want to be a mother, why risk it? Even if the chance is 0.0001%, that's still a chance and it can still have a profound impact on your life and your relationship. Talk it through with your partner. If you are both willing to take the risk, and if you are both on the same page in terms of what you will do if a pregnancy does occur, and what your expectations of the other is, then feel free. Talk through ALL scenarios. Sometimes a woman who finds herself pregnant suddenly might change her mind a few times about what she wants to do. Good luck!


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