Is There an Age Limit to Male Fertility?

Is There an Age Limit to Male Fertility?

It is a known fact that a woman’s fertility is restricted and alarm bells start ringing when women reach the age of thirty and still don’t have kids. The reason behind this is that after the age of thirty, fertility power of women goes down very significantly. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

As age passes, she will reach menopause and won’t be able to conceive again. In other words, she won’t be fertile anymore. Numerous studies have been carried out to come to these conclusions. But the question here is whether male fertility is also affected by age.

Men are fertile all their life

There have been numerous cases in which eighty-year-old and ninety-year-old men have conceived and this is conclusive proof that males are sterile right until their last breath. The sperm are produced throughout a man’s lifetime and thus in theory, men are fertile all their life. In fact, there was a ninety-six year old man in India who successfully conceived a child.

However, things are not so colorful. While men stay fertile all their lives, their potency considerably declines with age. In the case of women, it comes to a full stop once menopause is reached but in case of men, it keeps declining considerably. There is no full stop though.

Older men have more damaged sperm

To say things clearly, with age, a man’s sperm count and sperm motility will go down. Researches have proved this multiple times. It was back in 2004 when a study was conducted and it was found out that the chances of conception went down by 11 percent each year because of the increasing age of the man.

Another thing to be concerned about is that the risks of genetic abnormalities in babies being born to older fathers are very high. They are more likely to have kids with genetic deformities. This is because mutations occur with age in the man’s sperm and this can have adverse effects on the baby because the mutations can damage the sperm.

Older men have more damaged sperm when compared to younger men who are in their twenties and thirties. Autism and schizophrenia are only a couple of the diseases that the child may develop.

No two men are the same

Having said that, there is no denying that no two men are the same. Genetic buildup varies from man to man and there are numerous factors such as diet and sex life that can determine a man’s chances of conceiving during old age.

The ninety-six year old man claims that he eats nothing but almonds and vegetables and that he has sex thrice every night. That is a huge feat not just for someone so old but also for any man in their middle ages.

It is important to be healthy

There are actually many ways to boost man’s fertility even in older ages. It is all about picking the right lifestyle and keeping stress at bay.

To start off with, know that it is important to be healthy. Being overweight will only have negative effects. The more your waist line is, the lower will be your testosterone levels because fat tends to lower the levels of testosterone in the body.

Thus, you should keep away from fatty foods as much as possible. Include zinc, antioxidants, vitamins, and folate in your diet so that the sperm damage risks are significantly lowered. Almonds are a great addition to your diet because they are packed with nutrients.

Visit your doctor

Beware of the medicines you take because some may affect your fertility. Check with your doctor to find out. If you are looking to have a baby, you should get a medical checkup to see if there are other problems such as inflamed veins and clogged ejaculatory ducts that may cause infertility. Just take care of all these and you may be lucky enough to conceive even during old’er’ age.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.