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harmon
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Hi, basically I know someone in their mid 40s and they have stopped having their periods. They're not sure whether its because of menopause or because of health reasons, so can they get pregnant if they aren't having any periods, no matter what the cause. Also if someone is late hitting puberty, can they get pregnant if they haven't even started their period yet (just general curiosity) [Smile]
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Hi there harmon!

I'm not sure why your acquaintance's stopped having their period, but generally speaking I believe so. It really depends on why their periods have stopped. Perhaps another volunteer can help shed some more light on your question, though!

As for your second question, they can- some people ovulate first without having started menstruating.

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Oh right, thanks for letting me know [Smile] so how long can they be ovulating before menstruating?
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Ovulation is usually just something that lasts for a day or two.

But what happens with what you're asking about is that someone will typically ovulate, then a couple weeks later, have their first period.

However, when we're not talking about first-times, but about someone who has already been menstruating but has stopped, they need to consult with their healthcare provider to find out the why of that. However, assuming they can no longer become pregnant would not be a sound assumption to make, at all.

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Ok, so how can someone get pregnant if their not menstruating? Isn't this the result of ovulation? So surely if there's no period there's no ovulation? I'm most likely wrong ha ha [Smile]
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Not necessarily. That is, one cannot assume that ovulation isn't happening just because menstrual flow isn't happening. There could be something amiss at any point in the reproductive system. So, the ovaries might be doing their thing, but something else, either hormonal or involving the physical body, is keeping the cycle from following its usual pattern.

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Oh, so you mean someone can get pregnant even if their not having a period?
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If they have ovulated, it's possible; it's not going to be common, but it's possible. Since, for many people, it's not possible to tell if one is ovulating, one would want to discuss whether one is fertile with a doctor before assuming anything.

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Just FYI, people can miss or skip periods plenty when they are still ovulating.

So really, not sure where you're going with these questions, but mostly just need to let go of the idea that periods (or lack thereof) can give you any definitive information, all by themselves, about someone's fertility. They can't.

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