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June 14, 2007



Your last paragraph was a good one and when I say too old at 60 I definitively count men in the equator. It's the parents ability to care for the child directly because of their age that bothers me, not what sex they are.

And you're right on too about your statement of those who bring sextuplets by choice, but then again when all the babies are healthy its hard to make that decision to reduce. I would not like to be in that situation, considering my own choices.

But having said that I don't think it's entirely the same thing as those who choose to have a child at 60+.



I'm not saying I'd make rules, but I do think the media and Docs gloss over the statistics. We need more informed patients.

Practically speaking, there are more medical problems likely for older men and women using their own eggs/sperm, and more medical problems for pregnancy in women as they get older.

The under 18 and over 35 group have the highest likelihood of pregnancy complications and long-term health issues. But we all continue to pretend that teenagers give birth easily, right? On the other side, you are being closely monitored and you are educated, but how many women are reading those stories about older women and thinking..."I can wait!"

It's like multiples and risks, if they really research, then couples will know about it. And will be less likely to engage in risky behaviour.


Higher order multiples get me upset--for a few reasons, but mostly: for you to get pregnant (through ART) with so many babies, somebody did something wrong. Either the doctors weren't monitoring you well, or you were overstimulated and you had sex against orders. But even though through responsible ART it's practically impossible to have so many babies, people think of it as a common end, and maybe even a goal. It kind of gives ART a bad name. Same thing with people who are quite a bit older having babies this way.

Not that that's an argument against people doing this riskier reproductive things. Just something that always comes to mind when I read these stories.

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