Ovulation At 57 – Documented Evidence

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​Evidence Of Ovulation At 57   

​It's just wishful thinking right - ovulation at 57? More of that 'raising false hope in fertility after 50' shenanigans. Because we should just accept that it is too old to have a baby after 50. ​Or not....

This audio/article below was inspired by an article from the Journal of Fertility And Sterility which reported the first documented case of ovulation in a postmenopausal woman.


​It referred to a 57 year old woman, who had been post menopausal for three years. After presenting with breast tenderness, she was found to have laboratory and ultrasound evidence of ovulation.

Specifically, the ultrasound revealed a thickened endometrium and corpus luteum, both of which returned to normal after menses. In addition, her​ lab evaluations revealed oestrogen and progestogen levels consistent with an ovulatory pattern.

Aimee Seugdamrong M.D. & Gerson Weiss M.D.,
New Jersey Medical School (2007)

​Ovulation At 57
The ​1st Documented Case​  

It's safe to say that these authors are sharing 'real' evidence of ovulation at 57. And it is really lovely that we have this to draw upon when concerned about, for example, egg reserves running out​.

It reminds me of the 4 minute mile. Prior to 1954, the consensus was that it was impossible to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Until Roger Bannister raced along and proved otherwise. Now, the 4 minute mile is the standard of all male middle-distant runners!

​But, in spite of the fact that this patriarchal world is one in which female fertility been interpreted, explained, ​and even managed by the masculine, I was surprised that this was the first ever documented case of postmenopausal ovulation.

Because if you just trawl through even a few forums on female health, you will find many women in their 50's, 60's and beyond reporting such symptoms. ​And while some may be signs that something is up in in relation to health, this certainly does not apply to them all. ​

Evidence Of Ovulation At 57 
Why This Is The 1st

Why is this the first documented case of ovulation at 57 (postmenopausal ovulation)? It's due, in part, to the assumption - which dominates the fertility world - that women don't ​ovulate after menopause.​
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​Because we don't usually look for what we don't believe exits. Especially not with our evidence based patriarchal paradigm. That would be a waste of time, energy and money!

​In part, this delayed debut is also because women's contributions have never been factored into the whole age and fertility after 40 debate. Let's face it, there has been no debate. Just more patriarchal posits ​reinforcing, in my view, flawed presumptions around female creativity. And the role of the feminine in the creative process.  

But to be fair, it is much easier to gather evidence and get it published when one is part of a medical school - with the necessary technology, access to participants, interns and professionals eager to publish. Either way I am grateful.

Evidence Of Ovulation At 57 
​Feminine Wisdom

​This is ground-breaking in my view, not because it provides evidence of ovulation at 57. Although that in itself is wonderful. Rather, it's because I can see powerful feminine wisdom showing up in another way here.

These authors conclude by stating that this "opens the door to new questions about the sensitivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis in menopause as well as about ovarian senescence" (the ​process of deterioration with age​).

​They have the courage to suggest that we might ​revisit our understanding of the aging process of the ovaries. And what we have assumed around the underlying processes and functions involved in this aspect of female fertility.

That's big!

​Engaging the Feminine®
 In Ovulation At 57

Patriarchy (the masculine) values hugely the answer. It likes to figure it out and provide it. The feminine, on the other hand is very comfortable with questioning. And understands the value of sitting with questions...even when no answer is forthcoming.

In contrast to the patriarchal assumptions about ovulation explored in this Harvard article on ovulation after menopause, ​these authors above allow for feminine wisdom and leadership to emerge in their important work.

​​With only 8 subsequent citations in other journal publications, their article does not seem to have had the impact in deserves. Not in the medical world at least.

But we can honour the contribution of this woman, her beautiful egg and these authors. And say 'yes' to their invitation - to question what we have believed about our creative feminine and the aging process.


 In the meantime, I am looking forward to having evidence of women ovulating at 67 and 77. And pondering the positive impact that will have on our experience as women. How will you be celebrating?


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