The relationship between male aging and infertility
The physicians at Dallas IVF know that many women feel pressure from their biological clocks to start a family. However, our DFW center for fertility wants men to know that they also experience an age-related decline in fertility.
Although men continue to produce sperm throughout their lives, there is a link between male aging and infertility.
Male aging and infertility is characterized by a number of symptoms
While menopause is widely understood, our DFW center for fertility educates people about the lesser known syndrome of andropause. Andropause is a gradual process that refers to the relationship between male aging and infertility. A number of factors can cause age-related male infertility.
- As men age, they experience a decline in the quality and quantity of their sperm.
- Aging men see lower testosterone levels and deterioration of testicular tissue.
- Men are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction as they age.
A study from the American Journal of Gynecology found that a man’s chances for getting his partner pregnant drop 11% each year after the age of 40.
Studies have found a link between low sperm quality and birth defects
Sperm count and sperm motility rates tend to decrease with age. However, even if an older man’s sperm appears to be normal, it is still not genetically identical to a 20-year-old man’s sperm. In fact, researchers have found that the DNA in sperm cells starts to break down around the age of 40, resulting in an increase in chromosomally abnormal sperm.
Although abnormal sperm are less likely to fertilize an egg, it’s not impossible for fertilization to occur. As a result, an older man may still be able to impregnate his partner with abnormal sperm, which can increase the risk of certain problems for the baby, including birth defects and congenital diseases.
While occurrences are rare, men over the age of 40 are more likely to have children with autism or schizophrenia. Additionally, when an embryo is fertilized by abnormal sperm there is an increased risk for miscarriage.
There are several conditions that may also appear with age-related male infertility
Men who experience an age-related decline in fertility may also experience other health problems, including depression, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, hypertension and urological disorders. This is because male fertility is tied to a man’s overall health. As such, the best way for a man to reduce the effects of age-related infertility is to take care of his overall health.
If you would like to learn more about male fertility treatments at Dallas IVF, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our team of physicians provides state-of-the-art treatments to help men overcome male infertility.