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I'm 45 and off the pill for a couple of months. What's my chance of getting pregnant?

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Evelyn Resh MPH,CNM (Certified Sexuality Counselor & Nurse-Midwife) answered
Over all your chances are low, but unless you know you are post-menopausal, you absolutely could get pregnant and I wouldn't rely on your age as a form of birth control. If you had been on the pill for many years, it will take some time for you to resume ovulating. However, it's often difficult to determine when this happens, thus leaving you wide-open for an unplanned pregnancy. For women in your situation, I often recommend the Paragard IUD for contraception. This method goes into the uterus and stays there for ten years - by that time you're likely to be post-menopausal. The benefit of the Paraguard over the Mirena is that you continue having your period so you're able to determine when menopause has actually occurred. The Mirena IUD doesn't allow for this as most users end up becoming amneorrheic, which means they stop having their periods. I don't know the reason why you stopped your pill but whatever it is you do need another form of contraception if you are sexually active with a male partner. Plenty of women in your age group conceive unexpectedly so an alternative birth control method is a good idea. 
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