22 doctors weighed in:
Is it ok to have kids with a man with autism spectrum disorder?
22 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
11 doctors agree
In brief: A Serious Matter
The decisions to take a mate and have children are likely the most important decisions we face in our lifetime.
Our ability to have and/or rear children is dependent upon our ability to parent in a responsible manner and not dependent upon a diagnosis. If you select a spouse with a known condition, be sure that you fully understand the condition and especially the long term prognosis.

In brief: A Serious Matter
The decisions to take a mate and have children are likely the most important decisions we face in our lifetime.
Our ability to have and/or rear children is dependent upon our ability to parent in a responsible manner and not dependent upon a diagnosis. If you select a spouse with a known condition, be sure that you fully understand the condition and especially the long term prognosis.
Dr. Robert Woods
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Dr. Theresa-Ann Clark
It might be advisable to get a consultation with a geneticist or genetic counselor to understand the risks. Autistic disorders do run in families but the pattern of inheritance is unclear. These are complex disorders and no single gene is a known cause. Treatments available allow many people to thrive with this chronic condition if your child has an ASD. Family counseling, parent training, and behavioral therapy may be tools you and your partner may find useful.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
8 doctors agree
In brief: You have the right
To ask, so that you two can make an informed decision.
He has an increased risk of having a child with autism, whose symptoms may be more severe than dad's. If dad wants to get a cgh & dna probe for fragile x, results may show how high a risk he has. Your age also increases risk of genetic errors. Ask your OB for a referral to a prenatal genetic counselor to help with pre-pregnancy planning.

In brief: You have the right
To ask, so that you two can make an informed decision.
He has an increased risk of having a child with autism, whose symptoms may be more severe than dad's. If dad wants to get a cgh & dna probe for fragile x, results may show how high a risk he has. Your age also increases risk of genetic errors. Ask your OB for a referral to a prenatal genetic counselor to help with pre-pregnancy planning.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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6 doctors agree
In brief: What is Ok?
This is a decision you alone should make.
I do not know what you mean by ok. Peolple do things for different reasons and if you love this person enough to want to marry him and he has the capabilty to make decisions about marriage, i believe the opinions that count should be those of you both.

In brief: What is Ok?
This is a decision you alone should make.
I do not know what you mean by ok. Peolple do things for different reasons and if you love this person enough to want to marry him and he has the capabilty to make decisions about marriage, i believe the opinions that count should be those of you both.
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
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Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Children can get it
Transmission of autism is poorly understood but it can be transmitted genetically but rate of transmission is unpredictable as many genes are believed to be involved and some times only few features may be transmitted instead of the whole disorder. A trained genetic counselor is the best person to consult.

In brief: Children can get it
Transmission of autism is poorly understood but it can be transmitted genetically but rate of transmission is unpredictable as many genes are believed to be involved and some times only few features may be transmitted instead of the whole disorder. A trained genetic counselor is the best person to consult.
Dr. Mohammed Younus
Dr. Mohammed Younus
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