Post # 1
This article was just posted in the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/health/fathers-age-is-linked-to-risk-of-autism-and-schizophrenia.html?hp
“Experts said that the finding was hardly reason to forgo fatherhood later in life, though it may have some influence on reproductive decisions. The overall risk to a man in his 40s or older is in the range of 2 percent, at most, and there are other contributing biological factors that are entirely unknown.”
What do you ladies think? Do you think knowing something like this would affect what age you and your SO start TTC?
Post # 3
THe chances are slim, and I believe there are so many other factors that play into it then solely father’s age. I’d have to read the research article myself – media does a terrible job at explaining research findings, and often makes them sound more causal then they are. No, articles like that would not change my plans – they’d only make me more aware of something and cause me to research the issue further.
That being said, FI is 34 and I am 26. We plan to TTC in the next year beacuse he doesn’t want to be an “old dad”. I’d wait a few years if I had my choice, but I understand why he is more eager to start having children.
Post # 4
2% is 2 in 100 babies. Do you know, say, 50 people with 2 kids? It’s not such a small number.
Dwarfism is also something that dramatically increases as a man ages.