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November 1, 2010

31 for 21: Day 31

It is the last day of the challenge and I didn’t want to forget to answer one of the questions asked of me.

A friend had asked if adults with Down syndrome were able to have children.  And the short answer would be yes.  However, adult males with Down syndrome have higher infertility rates than those of adult women with Down syndrome.  There has been one case, in which a male adult with Down syndrome fathered a child who was born without Down syndrome.

Adult women with Down syndrome can become pregnant and carry to term.  About 50% of those births will result in babies being born with Down syndrome.  Some women will also carry babies who are not born with Down syndrome and have no other disability, while other babies will have some other medical related issues.

The fact is, adults with Down syndrome can and will enjoy an active sexual life.  They still need proper sex education and guidance as any other active adult.  Also, adults with Down syndrome can marry and live a very happy life as husband and wife.  Such as Monica and David.

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