By 'diplomatic', do you mean not giving a straight yes or no? Because i think that's a truthful response.
Last edited by JustJaq; 10-10-2016 at 08:16.
I have one child (5 years old) with ASD but he wasn't an IVF baby.
There's always a higher chance of having a child with ASD when you already have one with ASD. It is reasonably common that families have more than one child on the spectrum. I believe it is more likely to be genetic than something related to the IVF.
Your concerns are definitely valid. Having a subsequent child when you already have one with additional needs is a huge decision for some.
I think I remember our FS talking about correlations between IVF/ICSI and ASD plus other things. At that time though for us it was a question of take the slightly increased risk (for which there is not strong evidence yet) or have no children. So it was a no brainer for us.
DD is 2 and shows no signs of ASD.
I do remember reading something somewhere about gender selection being allowed for a family in Australia due to a strong family history of ASD (they were allowed to select for a girl, due to lower incidence in girls). It wasn't anything to do with the IVF process, more about family genetics, but could it be something you could look into if you feel very strongly about it?
I have a DD who has recently turned 2 at the end of August who is ASD. I'm just about to enter into the Matrix that is the Assessment and Diagnosis process within the Public Health System, but for her Dad and I, it's just a formality as this is something that I've known since she was 13-14 months and signs of which she has been exhibiting since she was around 9-10 months old.
In our case....it's genetic..on her Dad's side. Her Dad has 2 other adult children from a previous relationship he had in his early-mid 20's (both boys..the eldest is on the Spectrum, the second boy is typically developing both of which were not IVF conceived) and at the time we were going through IVF, although we knew it was a risk, we didn't know 100% if the Autism had 100% come from him, the boys Mum or if it was just a random thing as sometimes Autism can be for some families. Now we know.
As for IVF causing Autism...No. There's no solid proof of that. A study points to a correlation, but not so much in the actual process of IVF itself, more in the profile of the women having it done as such. There are some risk factors that other research has found (i.e risk factors to do with the mother such as advanced age for eg which was another risk factor for me...my age at the time of concieving DD) but these are just risk factors. ASD doesn't discriminate. There are many children it affects that have been born from mothers in their teens,20's, 30's and 40's.
Your biggest risk factor as @Mod-Degrassi has pointed out is the fact you already have a child with ASD. That now increases your risk of having another with ASD. In saying that, there are families, for eg, with 3 children where only 1 will be on the Spectrum then there are families where all 3 are on the Spectrum. The 2 issues to keep in mind are...is it a risk you're willing to take? If so, are you prepared to take the risk knowing that you may end up with a child that who is very low functioning on the Spectrum?? I'm not trying to dissuade you Luv, more like saying, "If you were faced with the worst possible outcome, could you handle it?? Would you change your mind??" etc.
That's one of the problems with Autism. You can't test for it with PGD or any other Screening or Diagnostic tool nor do you know where your child is going to sit on the Spectrum..will they be high funcitoning or low funcitoning etc. You have no bloody idea although a low-very low functioning child would be pretty obvious from very early on and would exhibit signs from birth with issues such as "floppy baby" syndrome (hypotonia), feeding issues, swallowing issues/reflexes etc though Specialists wouldn't be able to tell you it was Autism causing it. That would come out later on down the track.
Perhaps the best thing to do would be to talk to a Professional who deals in Austism (Genetic Counsellor..get a Gp's referral to one) to assess your risk factor Luv before deciding on what's right for your family in terms of expanding your family???
In the meantime, here's some links that may help:
This is the study that is talking about the correlations between IVF/Autism:
This link talks about risk factor of having another child on the Spectrum when you already have one. I believe the risk is higher for a girl as I believe the risk factor to begin with for a girl is wrong as I believe girls aren't being diagnosed properly as girls often present differently to boys to begin with and the criteria they use to assess/diagnose for ASD is based on boys:
Wishing you and your family the best of luck Luv with your decisionxoxox
Last edited by BlondeinBrisvegas; 10-10-2016 at 13:30.
OP has your son had genetic testing to see if there's a genetic issue underlying his ASD? It might help with your family planning decisions - I would recommend it if you haven't already gone down that route.
My sisters boy is autistic. She donated her eggs to he and my boy is not.
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asd is gene related they have pin pin pointed to a handful of genes. For memory through my nursing research gene 6, 14, 15, 16. It was so long ago since I read it.
Its not to to do with IVF. I have one child no issues. My sister has 3 naturally and has one asd boy.
They will only allow gender gender selection to screen for genetic diseases here in Australia, which I agree with.
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