Accepted paper:

Pregnancy beyond menopause in Kolkata, India

Author:

Pramathes Dasmahapatra (Spectrum Clinic & ERI)

Paper short abstract:

The present paper is based on data of 480 menopause women desire to have a baby through assisted reproductive technologies whose outcome of pregnancy was 38 in number followed by 10 live births. The social acceptance of such menopausal pregnancy was very low despite the technological success.

Paper long abstract:

The present paper is based on data collected between 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2009 from five IVF clinics in Kolkata. I used questionnaires and telephonic interviews with 480 women, between the age of 47 to 56 years, seeking IVF with Egg donation. Of the 480 women, 124 patients were selected for IVF protocol. The outcome of pregnancy was 38 in number followed by 10 live births. The remaining pregnancy was discontinued due to antenatal complications. Although the data show that many postmenopausal women desire to have a baby through assisted reproductive technologies, the pregnancy rate comparable negatively with younger age groups. The data also show that social acceptance of postmenopausal pregnancy was very low.

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Urbanization and reproductive health (IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology)