Men: Your Biological Clocks are Ticking
Men: Your Biological Clocks are Ticking!
by Whitney Rhodes on January 30, 2010
For many years, it was tacitly assumed that while women have a “Sell By” date when it comes to fertility, men become fertile at puberty and remain so until a ripe old age.
Actually, although there is some truth in that myth, to the extent that males do not have a hormonal menopause as women do; the fact is that fertility in men does begin to decline after a certain age.
Men don’t completely stop being fertile at any age.
However, older fathers are prone to problems that younger fathers usually don’t experience.
What are Some of the Problems Experienced by Older Fathers?
A study that was conducted recently at the University of California, Berkeley, on a test group of men aged 22 to 80 showed that the sperm of older men are fewer in number with less mobility, as well as being less able to move in a straight line.
This research also showed an increased risk of achondroplasia, a genetic mutation that produces a kind of dwarfism.
Nor was this the only risk.
Older fathers were shown to have an increased risk of siring children with autism, or who were mentally retarded, or have behavioral problems with conditions such as schizophrenia.
Downs Syndrome, although associated with older mothers, doesn’t seem so far to be one of the risks of older fathers, but testing is still in progress.
It is believed that many times, male fertility problems caused by age and/or a medical condition might be mistaken as a potency issue, and mistakenly treated with a prescription for Viagra or a similar medication.
Investigating male infertility, and research of male sperm is gaining much new ground these days, as specialists recognize that infertility is not any more likely to rest with the female half of a couple than the male.
Today, more than ever, men and women alike are waiting longer to start families. This has given rise to an increasing frequency of fertility problems encountered with older parents.
So, although men are never completely infertile due to age, research has shown that the quality and quantity of sperm decrease with age.