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Can you get pregnant during menopause?

Yes, even if you’re not having periods. Fertility naturally declines with age, meaning you’re less likely to become pregnant the older you get. Even so, until you’re sure that you’ve gone through menopause, it’s very important to continue to use birth control if you’re sexually active and don’t want to get pregnant.

If you’re under 50 years old, reliable contraception should be used until you haven’t had any periods for 2 years. If you’re over 50 years old, you should use contraception until it’s been at least 12 months since your last period. Generally, 55 is thought to be the cut-off age for needing contraception, even if you’re still having periods. After this time, you will become menopausal and you won’t be able to get pregnant.

Unintended pregnancies can still happen in the perimenopause even though fertility decreases and menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness and mood changes can affect how often you have sex.

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