Age and
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Age and Male Fertility

If you want to have a baby (now or sometime in the future), understanding how age affects your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby is really important.

Most people associate age-related fertility with a woman’s biological clock, men can also have age-related male infertility issues. It takes two to make a baby.

As men age, their bodies change, and age-related male infertility issues can stem from these changes. Our experienced fertility doctor works with each individual to determine the source of their infertility issue and provides diagnosis and treatment in a compassionate and helpful manner.

Feel free to contact us or chat with us. At Footsteps To Fertility Centre, we are more than happy to help men with infertility achieve pregnancy.

The Impact of age on men’s fertility

How age and male infertility are connected

Understanding the role that paternal age has on infertility is essential to taking a measured, intelligent approach to your reproductive journey. Where women are born with an established and finite number of eggs in their ovaries, men are able to generate sperm for the entire course of their lives.

Men produce sperm into their 60s and 70s, but not all sperm is the same. Age and male infertility are linked and age can affect sperm’s morphology (shape) and motility (movement), which are important for successful conception to occur.

Assuming a woman is younger than 25; if her partner is also younger than 25, it takes an average of five months to get pregnant. If her partner is older than 40 years, it takes around two years, and even longer if he is older than 45.

It takes longer for partners of men older than 40 years to conceive. Also, the risk of miscarriage is higher for women whose male partner is older than 45, compared to men younger than 25 years of age.

For couples having IVF, the chance of having a baby is higher if the man is younger than 41 years of age.

A man’s health can also cause age-related male infertility problems. For example, as men age, they enter a phase called andropause.

During this gradual process, men’s testosterone levels drop; over time, the tubes that carry sperm, as well as the testes, begin to deteriorate. As men age, they may also experience erectile dysfunction.

Other conditions that often affect age and male infertility are diabetes, hypertension and mental issues such as depression.

Couples that are experiencing reproductive challenges should remain open to the possibility that the difficulties may originate with the male partner and his sperm and should seek the help of a specialist. In most cases, the problem can be addressed at our fertility centre in Kenya.

At Footsteps To Fertility Centre located in Nairobi, Kenya, we will help optimize your chances of getting pregnant with basic fertility treatment or advanced techniques for men with severe male infertility.

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