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Menopause or Pregnancy - Facts To Know About Menopause and Pregnancy

Menopause and Pregnancy, are two very different phases and yet so similar in symptoms. For women above 40 years of age, telling pregnancy or perimenopause apart can be a little difficult. However, a better understanding of the symptoms will help in telling apart both.

Here are some symptoms that are unique to Menopause and are not there in women who are pregnant.

Decreased Fertility

Due to irregular ovulation during perimenopause, chances of becoming pregnant become very low. However, even if there is an irregular menstrual cycle you may get pregnant.

Loss of Bone

Low estrogen veles during perimenopause cause loss of bone density and increase the risk of osteoporosis. Bone density does not get affected during pregnancy. Supplementing with Vitamin D and Calcium helps during Menopause to reduce bone loss.

Increased Risk of Heart Diseases

Low levels of estrogen increase the levels of LDL cholesterol which is also referred to as the ‘bad’ cholesterol hence increasing the risk of heart diseases. Omega 3 supplements may help in reducing the risk of heart diseases.

These are a few specific symptoms that arise only in menopause and not in pregnancy. Find below the table to compare the symptoms of Perimenopause and Pregnancy Symptoms

In today's times, it's notable that many women are choosing to give birth at older ages. Birth rates have increased for women over 45, it has increased by 5% in 2015. Therefore if you have periods it's very possible that you can get pregnant.

It's important to keep a track of your menstrual cycle. If you have missed a period, it's good to take a home pregnancy test. If the home pregnancy test is negative then it's time to meet your healthcare provider. Whatever the reason, be watchful and vigilant as both conditions need special attention and care.


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