Male fertility also declines with age

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Originally published on MumsVillage by MyGyno

 

THERE’S A COMMON MISCONCEPTION THAT MALE FERTILITY IS CONSTANT FROM BIRTH TO OLD AGE. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM REALITY. MEN SUFFER FROM A SIMILAR DECLINE IN FERTILITY AS MUCH AS THEIR WOMEN COUNTERPARTS.

The dual age-related fertility decline is a natural phenomenon. Thus the belief that women are the only ones who suffer this should be thwarted.

The decline in male fertility begins in the late 30s, and gets more pronounced from the 40s. The overall sperm quality decreases as age advances. Older men will increasingly become incapable of fathering more children, or just contribute to age-related miscarriages and fetal abnormalities.

MEN SHOULD MAKE DECISIONS IN MATTERS OF REPRODUCTION EARLY ENOUGH, BALANCING THIS WITH OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS LIKE CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. YOUR REPRODUCTIVE PLANS MUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT YOUR CURRENT AGE.

Awareness of fertility decline must be coupled with a lifestyle that maintains optimal sperm quality. Smoking, chewing miraa and use of other recreational drugs are all very toxic to sperm quality. It doesn’t end there.

Sedentary lifestyles leading to obesity and other illnesses like diabetes also contribute to declining fertility potential. You want to keep yourself…

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