Reality: Its true that a person with Down syndrome may have significant challenges in rearing a child. But women who have Down syndrome are fertile and can give birth to children. According to older studies, that are being reinvestigated, men with Down syndrome are infertile.
Can a Down syndrome couple have a normal child?
Any couple can have a baby with Downs syndrome, but it is well known that older women are more likely to have a baby with the condition than younger women. There is controversy about the influence of the fathers age.
Can Down syndrome man father a child?
Most men with Down syndrome cant father a child. In any pregnancy, a woman with Down syndrome has a 1 in 2 chance of conceiving a child with Down syndrome.
What are the odds of having a baby with Down syndrome?
The chance of having a child with Down syndrome increases over time. The risk is about 1 in 1,250 for a woman who conceives at age 25. It increases to about 1 in 100 for a woman who conceives at age 40. The risks may be higher.
Are Downs syndrome infertile?
While females with Down syndrome are reported to be fertile or subfertile, males are reported to be infertile. To date, there are reports of three pregnancies that were fathered by two male Down syndrome patients (1, 2).
How long do Down syndrome people live?
Today the average lifespan of a person with Down syndrome is approximately 60 years. As recently as 1983, the average lifespan of a person with Down syndrome was 25 years. The dramatic increase to 60 years is largely due to the end of the inhumane practice of institutionalizing people with Down syndrome.