Compared to women with fertility curve began to decline at age 35′s, the decline in male fertility rates are slower. But despite continued to produce sperm cells, age will make its quality continues to decline.
According Dr.Philip Werthman, director of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine in Los Angeles, the male reproductive organs will indeed continue to produce sperm their entire life. “Meanwhile, women have a reproductive period which will cease at the menopause,” she said.
However, men should also consider the age factor if you want to become a father because the older the worse the quality of their sperm. “Even though healthy sperm cells but the health condition of elderly men may affect their ability to have children,” Werthman explained.
The quality of the sperm itself has an important role in the health condition of the baby. Recent research continues to look at the link between paternal age factor with genetic condition baby. Although the terms are still vague but there are trends congenital abnormalities in babies born to older fathers.
In the last decade several studies show that older fathers are at risk of having children who have chromosomal abnormalities. Research in 2006 also showed that babies born to fathers aged over 40 years are at risk of suffering from autism.
Although currently the link between age and condition of the baby is only proven through statistical data, but the men should also be vigilant. “Men also provide seed genes to his son,” said Dr.Rebecca Sokol, president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology.
Besides the genetic mutation that occurs in elderly male sperm cell, on the other hand the man over the age of 50 years are also at high risk of suffering from prostate enlargement so the ability to have children could be disrupted.
“Therapy for enlarged prostate usually will reduce the ability of male ejaculate. In addition, obesity also increases the hormone estrogen in the blood so the sperm cells is reduced,” said Sokol.