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What If You Want to Get Pregnant?

Menopause is roughly defined as the life stage in which the menstrual cycle is absent for a period of 12 months, signaling the end of a woman's fertility. Under that definition, it might sound like a menopausal woman is no longer capable of getting pregnant. That isn't necessarily true. While the added chance of pregnancy can be startling for some women, for others, it can be a blessing, considering that natural menopause can start for a woman as early in her 30s.

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Pregnancy and Menopausal Symptoms

As important as it is to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of menopause, it's also important to understand that many of the classic menopause symptoms can be caused by other conditions, such as pregnancy or cancer treatments.

For example, it's not completely uncommon for women to experience hot flashes during pregnancy. If you're in the age range of menopause and are experiencing irregular periods, you can still become pregnant, so the cause of a sudden hot flash will not be clear until you see your doctor.

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