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Tue Jan 28, 2014, 02:28 PM

So women over 50 can't get pregnant?

This is a good one.

My wife went to the pharmacy to fill her prescription for birth control, it has been free for the last year thanks to Obamacare.

They charged her $28 bucks for her refill this month. When she questioned it, they told her that it wasn't covered for women over 50.

NOT COVERED?

According to Healtcare.gov:
8.Contraception: Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling, as prescribed by a health care provider for women with reproductive capacity (not including abortifacient drugs). This does not apply to health plans sponsored by certain exempt “religious employers.”

https://www.healthcare.gov/what-are-my-preventive-care-benefits/#part=2

women with reproductive capacity is not defined as under 50!

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Reply So women over 50 can't get pregnant? (Original post)
liberal N proud Jan 2014 OP
JustAnotherGen Jan 2014 #1
Rozlee Jan 2014 #7
JustAnotherGen Jan 2014 #12
Rozlee Jan 2014 #14
kcr Jan 2014 #2
Ms. Toad Jan 2014 #3
jberryhill Jan 2014 #4
CatWoman Jan 2014 #11
procon Jan 2014 #5
JustAnotherGen Jan 2014 #13
HappyMe Jan 2014 #6
alittlelark Jan 2014 #8
KitSileya Jan 2014 #9
LumosMaxima Jan 2014 #10
SamKnause Jan 2014 #15
tammywammy Jan 2014 #16
pnwmom Jan 2014 #17
SamKnause Jan 2014 #19
liberal_at_heart Jan 2014 #18
bermudat Jan 2014 #20
liberal_at_heart Jan 2014 #21
justiceischeap Jan 2014 #22

Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 02:33 PM

1. Yep

It is possible to get pregnant at 50 - however the Fertility Industrial Complex starts trying to suck you in at 35 . At that age - most women will have a very very low AMH and a very very high FSH.

Your wife should ask her ob-gyn to test both. When your eggs are old - they are old.

Not digging at my fellow women at DU with this - women in my fertility group in their late 20's with amh's of .012 and FSH's in the 40's.

It's just biology and they are hedging their bets that she would rather have IVF than birth control at her age . . . not that insurance covers IVF ever . . .


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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 02:51 PM

7. My Mom got pregnant with me when she was 49.

My family jokes that I'm so weird because I was hatched from an expired egg. But, my mom had seriously thought she'd gone through menopause already. She'd had bad health problems secondary to TB and hadn't had any kids since my sister 14 years before. At the time I was born, she barely weighed 90 lbs. and was still very fragile. Like the old saying goes, the only reliable birth control is not having sex.

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Response to Rozlee (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 03:39 PM

12. That's very rare

These days past about the age of 37 they slam you on 'woo' (hormones) and drive you to a 100K commitment. Your mother is very very very lucky! Most couples - the starting price to get in the baby game is about $13K in the North East. That's a 'hope giving' story.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 03:51 PM

14. It took her awhile to feel lucky.

My sibs glared at her and my father like they were pervs for months until I was born and my mom said she felt humiliated when people would see her pregnant at her age. This was in the 1960's. A 49 year-old pregnant woman who stood 4'10" and weighed 90 lbs. probably did draw a few stares.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 02:41 PM

2. I adn't heard this so I looked it up.

The HHS doesn't list an age limit for contraceptive coverage, but when you look at the preventative drug coverage list on some sites, they list age limits. One listed it at age 50. Another, age 65. I don't know what this means.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 02:47 PM

3. Interesting.

Wonder why I was subjected to pregnancy tests for my last 3 surgeries (all over age 50).

(Not to mention that it is a wee hard for me to accidentally get pregnant since I've been in an a monogamous relationship with the same woman for the last 32 years . . .)

Seriously, that stinks. I could have gotten pregnant through age 54-ish, had I been in a relationship which made pregnancy a possibility. The risks associated with pregnancy that late in life are not pretty - it certainly should be covered through menopause.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 02:47 PM

4. Shouldn't they be able to control their libido by then?


Report this woman to Huckabee.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 03:34 PM

11. bwahahahahahaha!!!!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 02:48 PM

5. Mother Nature didn't get that memo

My darling aunt got preg at age 52. A practicing Catholic, she declined her doctor's medical advice and delivered my cousin, Brent... 18 years after her last baby.

Age is not a reliable means of contraception in menopausal women.

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Response to procon (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 03:42 PM

13. Why do they slam the door

On Premenopausal women - or women nowhere near menopause? I read this and I'm like - whaaaaaaaaat?

Everything the Ob-Gyn/FIC shoves at women TTC in their late 30's is it's too late -

We need more stories like this.

Thank you!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 02:49 PM

6. This should be looked into at that pharmacy.

They may have misread or something.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 02:52 PM

8. My grandmother had her 6th child at 53.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 03:10 PM

9. Ha! My favorite non-fiction book is 'Aristocrats' by Stella Tillyard

It's about the 4 daughters of the second Duke of Richmond, one of whom had 22 children - she had her last at 48, and had to send her husband away for long stretches of time in her late 40s and early 50s, as she kept getting pregnant since they couldn't keep their hands off each other. The youngest surviving daughter had an unhappy first marriage, which ended in divorce after she bore an illegitimate child. She lived in disgrace until she remarried at 36 - and had 8 more children, the last two when she was 45 and 46. If it is possible to get pregnant in your late 40s in the latter half of the 18th century, why should it be impossible to get pregnant after 50 in 2014? It's rare, yes, but possible, and even if it were impossible, oral contraceptives are also used for other things than preventing pregnancy.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 03:32 PM

10. My mother didn't reach menopause till she was sixty.

And had a pregnancy scare in her fifties.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 03:56 PM

15. Contraception

My mother had a miscarriage at 56.

My sister didn't go through memopause until 60.

The vaccine for shingles wasn't covered until age 60. (I do not know if this has changed in the last 10 years.)

I got the shingles at 44.

I heard about the vaccine several years latter.

My insurance covered it.

Medicine, prescriptions etc. should be on a case to case basis.

One size does NOT FIT ALL.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 04:20 PM

16. Shingles vaccine is still only recommend for those 60+.

Edited: I was wrong. I originally said 50, but remembered when I discussed it with my mom & dad a few years ago it was still 60.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 04:25 PM

17. Do they recommend the vaccine for people who already had shingles?

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #17)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 05:01 PM

19. Yes

My mother, sister, and I have different doctors.

All 3 of us got shingles at different times, years apart.

All 3 doctors recommended getting the vaccine.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 04:26 PM

18. one size fits all health care. Sounds a lot like our one size fits all education system.

We are all robots. We are all the exact same according to the government.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 05:14 PM

20. Women may be able to conceive in their 50's

but if it's their own eggs, chances of a normal pregnancy is 0%

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Response to bermudat (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 05:29 PM

21. so that means they shouldn't be provided birth control?

Any woman who is still capable of getting pregnant regardless of age should have access to birth control. Surprise pregnancies while a woman is still in the process of going through menopause happen all the time. Until a woman is completely through with the biological process of menopause she is capable of getting pregnant. My best friend in high school ended up with a little sister and a little brother because her parents who were in their 50's thought they couldn't get pregnant. After that one of them had surgery to prevent any further pregnancies.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 05:31 PM

22. Yet men get viagra after a certain age... doesn't make sense. nt

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