Misconception: People who have Down syndrome cannot have children. 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.
Are Down syndrome adults allowed to have children?
Can adults with Downs syndrome have children; and if so, what is the chance of their children having the condition? Yes. A woman with Downs syndrome can have children. If her partner does not have Downs syndrome, the theoretical chance of the child having Downs syndrome is 50%.
Are Down syndrome patients 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). We report a case of a nonmosaic Down syndrome male who fathered a normal child.
Why cant people with Down syndrome have children?
It is often difficult for a couple with Down syndrome to conceive a child due to low fertility in the male and lack of ovulation in the female and the likelihood of entering menopause early.
Can Down syndrome people drive?
Many people with Down Syndrome lead independent lives, this includes being able to drive. If a person with Down syndrome can read and pass a drivers education class and pass a road test, then they can get a drivers license. Each case is independent and must be evaluated.
Are Down syndrome mentally challenged?
The degree of mental retardation that accompanies Down syndrome varies widely, ranging from mild to moderate to severe. However, most mental retardation falls within the mild to moderate range. Further, studies suggest that, with proper intervention, fewer than 10 percent will have severe mental retardation.
Can a person with Down syndrome look normal?
People with Down syndrome all look the same. There are certain physical characteristics that can occur. People with Down syndrome can have all of them or none. A person with Down syndrome will always look more like his or her close family than someone else with the condition.