We hear a lot of talk about women’s “ticking” biological clocks, but what about men? Do men have a biological clock too? Let us know what you think, and then keep reading to find out if you were correct. You might be surprised by the answer.
Men’s Biological Clock
The topic of female fertility is popular, but many people don’t realize that men have a biological clock too. It turns out that men are the most fertile when they are under the age of 40 years old, and that their clock starts ticking after they cross that threshold.
It’s been shown that men over the age of 40 start to produce a lower amount of healthy sperm compared to younger men. It’s a biological result of aging.
The “health” of a man’s sperm is determined by both the number of sperm that are present in semen as well as the sperm’s motility or its ability to “swim” to reach a woman’s egg.
Risks Associated with Pregnancy
You may have heard that as women get older, their pregnancies become riskier. These risks include a greater chance of miscarriage, congenital disabilities, and labor complications.
However, it isn’t just the mother’s age that contributes to these risk factors. Women with male partners over the age of 45 also have an increased risk of miscarriage, even if she is much younger. Additionally, when the father is over the age of 40, there is a higher chance that the baby will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Trying to Conceive
The good news is that as medical science has progressed, many men and women are now having healthy babies into their 40s. It is entirely possible to conceive and give birth to a perfectly healthy baby over the age of 40.
If you have trouble conceiving, speak to your doctor. There are tests they can run to determine the health of your sperm.