Age matters for men too

DownloadedFile-17We don’t need reminding about the female biological clock, but what doesn’t get mentioned nearly as often is the fact that age has an impact on male fertility too. This really interesting article explains that male levels of testosterone actually start to decline when men are in their thirties, and that older men can take up to five times longer to conceive.

The author says that there’s a need for more information about male fertility and age, and that men need to be encouraged to discuss these issues with their doctors.  Apparently in general men are 80% less likely than women to go to the doctor – and a recent study for Infertility Network UK found that nearly half of men would not feel happy discussing fertility with their GP.

When we call for more fertility awareness and education, there’s often a response from those who feel that women already know quite enough about this issue – but it’s clear that men certainly don’t.

2 thoughts on “Age matters for men too

  1. Hi Kate,
    An interesting article and one that has some good general advice.
    However, I think one has to be careful about an ‘affect’ being linked so directly to a ’cause’ with regard to the testosterone link. Particularly when, in America, there is a drive to prescribe Testosterone Replacement Therapy whether it is appropriate, needed, or not. As with all treatments there are risks with TRT. I think in the past you have refered to Alan Pacey saying that although sperm efficacy declines in men after 35 the rate is slow. Furthermore as sperm is in constant production then it may be affected by many environmemtal and social factors.

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