I conceived easily at 39 (twice -- had a miscarriage in there) but haven't tried since (had 2 kids then, husband got a vasectomy). I got my first period late, at about 14 and a half. It seems like it could be a sign that your system is just built to age more slowly (or not -- http://www.mum.org/menarage.htm)
As I mentioned above, I had my second child at 43. I got my first period right around the time I turned 13, maybe a month or two before. I'm about to turn 52 now and obviously heading toward menopause but have mostly still been getting a period every month.
Ive been wondering about the menopause side of things. I didnt get my period back until almost 2yrs pp with this baby, in other words, only 2mths ago. With my first 2, i got my period back at 13mths/15mths pp, but they were not night nursers. DD, my third baby has been more of a night nurser.
Im still nursing her frequently during the day, and less at night, and have my period back. I wonder how nursing will effect the onset of menopuse.
So funny! This thread caught my eye, and i was going to respond and say-i posted something similar a few years ago let me go dig up that thread!
This is that thread!
I had just turned 43 when i started this thread, and went on to try for 14 cycles, all BFN's, until the last, i was 44, and went on to give birth a week before my 45th birthday.
So no, i did not conceive easily at 43, but i did conceive easily when turning 44 :-)
My beautiful baby was born at home without complications, came into the world with a curious look on her face, started nursing, and the rest is history. She's now newly 2, and i am newly 47.
So, when you say you conceived "easily" at 44, I wonder what kinds of things you were doing/not doing that you think were most helpful to your success? Advice? Let us in on the secret to success!
I was partly joking by saying i 'conceived easily at 44', because that came after not conceiving at all for 13mths of ttc prior to that. I believe i benefited from supplements i had been taking but had given up on, namely, dhea, evening promrose oil, coq10, vit b6. (and probably others i dont recall)
Its also possible that all along i had been fertile, but the guy (my donor, as i am single) was not. I had changed donors for two mths ttc because he wasnt available. The 2nd time i conceived. I also got an iui (intra uterine insemination) because i had to use a sperm bank when my other donor wasnt around. So maybe it was that....
I will never now.
I remember one woman on mdc who conceived on her first try at 43. She was a raw foodist.
Ive heard of other raw foodists having longer fertility.
I wish i knew! I do think diet plays an important role, but in my case, i didnt radically change my diet.
Check out the below old and current threads for a wealth of information. I was on it all the time i was ttc. I dont know how i would have gotten through it all without them!
I have to say it was bitter sweet when i finally got my period this time. Breastfeeding is basically a temporary menopause., so when youre the age where menopause becomes relevant, it means a whole lot more when youre period isnt coming back. I knew one woman who simply never got another period full stop.
The other thing is, i have gotten to know my body, and its weird to no longer have a period, when for the last 30 years its been who i am....
Im quite happy to have my period again, although i am noticing more what hormones do to me, as they were not there before, and are coming back. Im like-ok, thats the estrogen doing its thing...nice to see you again!