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I am an Autistic person,not a person with autism. I am also not Aspergers. The diagnosis isn't even in the DSM anymore, and yes, I agree with the consolidation of all autistic spectrum stuff under one umbrella. I have other issues with the DSM.

I don't like Autism Speaks. I'm Disabled, not differently abled, and I am an Autistic activist. Self-advocate is true, but incomplete.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Yes, Autistic people can get pregnant.

Someone got to my blog by searching "can autistic girls get pregnant" so I'm going to answer now, just so everyone can see the answer: Generally, yes. There could be reasons other than autism that mean a particular autistic girl or woman can't get pregnant: being trans, being too young to menstruate, being on birth control, being to old to menstruate, or having been sterilized (which happens both with and without consent.) I'm sure I've missed a few reasons.

There are autistic men who can get pregnant too: trans men exist, and some can get pregnant.

I don't entirely get how people would feel the need to ask if autistic people can get pregnant, because there's nothing inherent in autism that would prevent it, and a lot of autistic adults are finding out that they're autistic after their kids are diagnosed now. Guess what? If you're autistic and get diagnosed after your kid is diagnosed, you still had kids while autistic. This is a thing that happens.

Also, second and third and fourth generation autistic people are around. Part of how we're around is that autistic people can and do reproduce. Sometimes this means autistic people getting pregnant. (Wrong Planet apparently has or had some discussion forums related to being an autistic parent, including "um, we're both autistic and our kid isn't what do we dooooooo" type threads. So it's actually kind of established that autistic parents can be just as confused by an allistic kid as allistic parents are by autistic kids. Also the existence of such threads requires autistic people getting pregnant. So yes. That is a thing that can happen. Autistic people can get pregnant, carry to term, and have kids. 

2 comments:

  1. I am shocked that this is actually a question. I guess it sort of goes back to that whole "unperson" thing, doesn't it?

    Ugh! So sorry you have to deal with this stuff.

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  2. I'm autistic and considering having children myself. I'm a little worried about being able to adjust but I'm 100% confident in my partner's ability to be my calm in the storm. :) He's already so great at helping calm me now and we're both getting excited about the prospect of having a baby, whether or baby is autistic or not. :)

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