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Both carriers of the sickle-cell disease, would you take this risk or decide not to have children?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Personal choice

People decide on having kids for a variety of important considerations.
The risk of sickle cell for 2 parents with trait is a firm 25% for any pregnancy, 50% for passing trait, 25% for normal. Ss disease is chronic, painful & frought with medical issues for a reduced life expectancy. That said, the choice remains personal. Donor sperm from a fertility center could avoid part of the worry.

In brief: Personal choice

People decide on having kids for a variety of important considerations.
The risk of sickle cell for 2 parents with trait is a firm 25% for any pregnancy, 50% for passing trait, 25% for normal. Ss disease is chronic, painful & frought with medical issues for a reduced life expectancy. That said, the choice remains personal. Donor sperm from a fertility center could avoid part of the worry.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Personal decision

The answer to that question is a totally personal one and no one can answer it but you and your partner. It can certainly be challenging dealing with the multiple problems that children with scd can have.
I think though if you ask the majority of parents who have a child with scd if they regret having that child they will say no.

In brief: Personal decision

The answer to that question is a totally personal one and no one can answer it but you and your partner. It can certainly be challenging dealing with the multiple problems that children with scd can have.
I think though if you ask the majority of parents who have a child with scd if they regret having that child they will say no.
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
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