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#1 of 4 Old 06-08-2014, 07:42 AM - Thread Starter
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Advanced paternal age and child's health

Hi Ladies,

I wanted to ask your opinion and advice. If my husband and I were ttc it would be next year, which means by then I will be 39 and he will be 50. A friend of mine whose husband is much older than her said that she had done some research and it seems that advanced paternal age contributes to autistic spectrum disorders and some other abnormalities in kids almost as much as advanced maternal age. I am concerned and wonder if I should just give up on the idea of having another child (we are not a kind of family who could cope with a special needs child). Any advice or stories (whether encouraging or discouraging...any input will be greatly appreciated).

PS. Neither of us is overweight and are pretty healthy (but from what I understand, ovaries/eggs have their own health which can be independent from one's over all health)
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I'm sorry you haven't gotten a response yet. I'm bumping this up for more attention.

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I heard that there's a correlation between advanced paternal age and asd but not advanced maternal age. I also read that the rate of asd in boys in the us is 1 in 68. Another thing they think may be causing it is environmental toxins.

Personally if I wanted a kid I wouldn't let that hold me back. These are just probabilities and they're usually small anyway (even if more likely the overall risk is small).
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maybe try the ttc over 40 forum
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