Does Sperm Count Decrease as You Age?
on Jan 13, 2013
by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
A man's sperm count does decrease as he gets older, but it is usually a very gradual decline, not as pronounced as a woman's fertility decline is.
Up until recently, most fertility research was done almost solely regarding women. However, in the last several years, more and more research has started to be done on male fertility issues. We have started to see more of an increase in research on just how male fertility is affected as a man ages. Today we are going to find out if a man’s sperm count decreases as he gets older. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
In women, there are many telltale and obvious signs that a woman’s fertility is decreasing. The most apparent of all of these signs, is, of course, menopause. However, in men, the signs that fertility is decreasing is often not so obvious. There are no telltale signs that a man’s fertility is decreasing. In fact, the only way that a man might be able to find out that his fertility isn’t what it used to be is if he has lab tests done for the sole purpose of “checking” his fertility. That being said, the decrease in fertility that we see in men is much more subtle and gradual than the change we see in women’s fertility as they age.
As a man gets older, many aspects of his fertility will begin to decline. A man’s sperm count does decrease as he gets older, but it is usually a very gradual decline. Some men even continue to have high sperm counts well into their 70′s or 80′s! However, this is sort of rare. Most men do see a gradual decline in sperm count as they age. There is usually also a gradual decline in sperm motility, that is, how the sperm move. If less than 50% of a man’s sperm are able to move properly, it is considered that a man has sperm motility issues. These issues are known to increase as a man gets older.
Of course, age is not the only factor that can affect a man’s fertility. It is apparent that age is a factor and that the older a man gets, the harder it can be for him to have a child. However, age is not the only thing that is a factor as far as fertility is concerned. Some men have low sperm counts throughout their lives, due to other factors. Sometimes things like work environment, drugs or alcohol, and lifestyle factors can also influence a man’s fertility and sperm count. If your guy has concerns about how age is affecting his fertility, urge him to see a doctor to get a complete fertility check up done.
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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)