Age

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While it doesn’t attract the same media attention as the time limit on female fertility, age does impact both men’s fertility and the health of any resulting children.
 
Older fathers are a growing trend in society - the age of fatherhood among married men has increased from 31 years in 1990 to 33 years in 2011 - but it’s not without its risks. 
 
Sadly, age gradually begins to have an impact on male fertility from the age of 35, with increased levels of sperm DNA damage, poorer testicular function and a small increased risk of passing on birth defects and disease. From the age of 45, that decline in fertility and increase in issues becomes more abrupt. As an older man, you and your partner also have an increased risk of miscarriage from any pregnancies that are achieved.
 
A review of paternal age published in the Asian Journal of Andrology in 2012, quoted an American study of 132,000 men which found children born to men aged over 45 were almost six times more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder compared to children born to men under 30. The review, Advanced paternal age and reproductive outcomes, also referenced another American study of five million births which showed men over 50 had a 15 per cent higher chance of having a baby with birth defects including congenital heart disease and cleft palates.
 
As you age, it also takes you longer to cause a pregnancy in your partner. One study found it took men over the age of 45, five times as long to get a woman pregnant compared to men under 25.
 

The good news about male infertility treatment

From our own research we’ve found that many couples wait for more than two years before seeking fertility treatment. The problem is that each passing year impacts on fertility for both of your and therefore can impact on treatment outcomes. It may be of interest to you to read more about the success rates at Genea for your partners age bracket.
 
The bottomline is - don’t wait! Get checked out to make sure there isn’t a medical issue that no amount of waiting will fix. The tests are simple, pain-free and could save you and your partner, many nights of heartbreak let alone the relationship strain. Call us today to get some answers and work out a plan of attack.
 
 
 
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