Reproductive Health Issues

Man Fertility Declines With Age

March 11, 2018

Most guys know that women’s fertility decreases after age 35, but many men are unaware that their age can affect their ability to become a parent, too. While less is known about male fertility and age, there is increasing evidence that the elderly a man becomes, the greater his fertility decreases. You can’t change your age, but you can arm yourself with knowledge to boost your chances of successfully having a family.

Aging and Male Fertility Statistics

It isn’t impossible for older men to father children, in reality, many men remain fertile until they are 60. But conceiving will become more difficult and complicated as you get older.

  • It requires more: If a guy is over and the woman is under 25, it can take about two years to get pregnant. On the flip side, if both partners are under 25, it requires just over 4.5 months, typically. If a guy is over 45 years old it may take five times as long to conceive as to get a man under 25.
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF) becomes more challenging: The risk of not having a baby after IVF is more than five times higher when the male partner is 41 years old or older.
  • Semen volume declines with age: The amount of semen a man produces, as well as the sperm’s ability to move towards a egg, decreases continually starting at the age of 20.
  • There is a greater risk of miscarriage: Believe it or not, a father’s age may even impact the likelihood of the infant surviving in the womb. The risk of the¬†woman with a miscarriage is high with a male spouse over age 45 as it’s with a male partner under 25.
  • Autism hazard increases: Children fathered by men older than 40 are over five times as likely to have an autism spectrum disorder than those fathered by men under 30.¬†

How to Improve Your Fertility

Luckily, even though you might experience a decline in fertility the older you get, there are things you can do in order to better fertility as you age.

  • Eat healthfully and exercise: Obesity may contribute to infertility in men, and eating a healthy diet and being more active could reverse some fertility problems associated with obesity. Additionally, losing weight may boost sperm count.
  • Consider lifestyle changes: Severe anxiety, alcohol, smoking and using hard drugs can all affect your sperm count. If at least one of these customs are part of your lifestyle, working toward changing these could raise your chances of remaining fertile as you age.
  • Watch a professional: Fertility specialists aren’t only beneficial for girls. In the event that you and your spouse are having trouble conceiving, a professional will be able to help you fight esophageal fertility problems.

Check out these other resources to Learn More about fertility that may be useful to you or your spouse:

7 Things You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant After 35

Fertility Testing, Causes of Infertility, and Dealing with Infertility

Mind-Body Therapies for Fertility and Stress Reduction

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