SEX IN THE COUNTRY: Viagra Could be Cause of Rise in Autism

I’ve noted here before that there’s been a huge increase in codger dads since Viagra became the pill du jour for the over 50 set. It makes sense that more sex leads to more babies. For decades we’ve believed that there is mostly no downside to this, the prevailing wisdom being that only mothers need worry about their age when conceiving. This was interpolated from a 1980s study that linked AMA (advanced maternal age) to down’s syndrome. The medical community then fell into default patriarchal mode and decided to scare women into having genetic testing for a host of other conditions that have now been shown to be completely unrelated to her age.

On the other hand, these conditions, including autism and schizophrenia, have now evidenced a link with advanced paternal age (APA).  Genetic mutations rise by two every year after dad turns 20. Put it together people – why do we have so many old dads?  Viagra! So couldn’t it be reasoned that Viagra is catalyzing a surge in autism? The miracle drug could be making us crazy…

It will be many years before we see the universe of medical outcomes from Viagra use, but, perversely, this finding makes me happy.  Yeah, fucking up to the grave sounds good in theory, but as my father said, there’s no free lunch.  Plus, mothers get blamed for everything (see Freud) – it’s nice to turn the heat on the dads for once.

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