Not very knowledgeable, but I too have heard..March 22 2011 at 10:01 PM
|Renata (Login doglvr)|
Response to Donor eggs, autism, birth defects...thoughts?
That IVF does very slightly increase the incidence of birth defects in general. Autism is a developmental disorder, however, so that is a different situation. I have also read that there is a slight increase in the rate of autism in children born to older fathers, but that could also be because older guys may be socially awkward and might marry later in life (therefore, maybe it's not their sperm). There are so many factors and multiple genes involved in autism and there is such a spectrum. I used to work with autistic children and also definitely noticed some social issues in one or both parents, but again, this was a pretty small sample size so I can't draw any conclusions.