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How Male Fertility Declines With Age
Fertility and the Aging Male
Why age matters for men and women who want to have a family. We all know someone who had a healthy baby in their late 30s or early 40s. But of all people who try for a baby at a later age, many will not have the baby they hoped to have. Across a population, women younger than 35 and men younger than 40 have a better chance of having a child than people who are older.
Men's sperm quality decreases at age 35
The trend in parenthood at an older age has also been seen in men. Age-related infertility will continue to be a problem. A basic understanding of the issues is critical for health care professionals so that they can effectively counsel patients who are considering a delay in childbearing for social reasons or for those seeking fertility treatments. This review details the changes in fertility seen in the aging male. In recent decades, infertility has impacted an increasing number of couples.
Researchers say it becomes more difficult for men to father children as they age, especially if their female partner is older, too. Men, on the other hand, constantly produce new sperm and some men past the age of 80 occasionally father children. That fuels the myth that men remain fertile all of their lives and can parent children as long as they can perform sexually. Researchers led by Dr. Guy Morris from the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health in London have concluded that IVF success rates decline significantly among men over age 51 — coincidentally, the same average age that women enter menopause.