Until recently, it was believed that older men could reproduce just as easily at age 75 as at age 25. But increasing evidence from researchers at fertility clinics around the world suggests that that's simply not the case. While men are certainly capable of reproducing in their middle age and even beyond, some fertility experts now suggest that it may take five times as long for a couple with an older male partner to successfully conceive.
Furthermore, advanced age in the male partner has been linked to some potential birth effects. Fathers over age 50 are more likely to have children with Downs syndrome or schizophrenia, according to some research.
Yet the trend in delaying parenthood is not one that is likely to move in reverse anytime soon. Men and women alike are increasingly waiting to have children until after their careers are established and they have settled down with a partner. In the 1970s, less than 15% of men fathering children were over age 35. Today, it's increased to roughly 25%.
Evidence seems to indicate that both the quantity and quality of a man's sperm may decrease with age. However, there are ways to slow the aging process when it comes to male fertility. Doctors recommend maintaining a healthy weight, watching cholesterol levels, and avoiding tobacco or recreational drugs that may inhibit sperm activity.
Additionally, many young men who may want to have children someday -- but aren't ready for them yet -- can freeze their healthy sperm for an eventual IVF process with a female partner. Many fertility clinics are ready and willing to help young couples plan for a future where they can safely and successfully bring a child into this world when the time is right.
For more information about male fertility, talk with your doctor or a specialist at a reproductive center today.Alternative Titles for RSS Blurb