Getting Pregnant

by Amanda
(UK)

Question

Hi I'm 43, my periods are very light and last for approx 3 days. Could I still get pregnant?

Answer

Hello and thank you for your question.

If you are still having regular periods then it is likely that you are ovulating, which means you could get pregnant if a sperm were to fertilize your egg.

You can find out whether or not you are ovulating by using ovulation test kits which give you a positive result when you are ovulating. You can also chart your basal body temperature each day. When you see a spike in your temperature this usually indicates that ovulation is about to occur. Also, by paying close attention to your cervical mucus, you can usually pinpoint ovulation fairly accurately because your cervical mucus increases and becomes like the consistency of egg white when you ovulate.

The fact that your periods are light and short doesn't necessarily indicate anything out of the ordinary. Women's periods vary greatly, some get very heavy ones that last for 7 days, while others are like you and have short, light ones.

As long as you are ovulating and you have no other health issues that could interfere with fertility then there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to get pregnant, and there are many women the same age or older than you who fall pregnant.

I hope this has been helpful.

Kind regards

Jojo
Pregnancy Friend

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