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I am 49 and I have not had a period for two years. I got the Mirena® back in 2009, but they could not find it on the ultrasound when I came back for a checkup. Either it came out or fibroid tissues have surrounded it. My question is can I get pregnant even though I have not had a period?

Thank you for your question. Since you have not had your period in two years, the question is was that due to the Mirena IUD or menopause?

The average age of menopause (complete cessation of menstruation) in the United States is 51. However, there is a wide range for when women begin menopause, and menopause can occur five years before or after that average range depending on the woman.

If you have not had a year of no period without the IUD, it is still possible for you to get pregnant, even if the chances are slim.

If you are entering menopause, you may start experiencing some symptoms associated with menopause like:

  • vaginal dryness
  • hot flashes
  • night sweats

I recommend you follow up with your gynecologist to further discuss this question and your options.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

August 16, 2012 at 2:00pm