Do Men Have A Biological Clock?
According to this article panicking about your biological clock is no longer an issue just for women.
So ok, with age, sperm quality does decline (as with all things that are constantly replicated). Just as with women’s eggs, the more times sperm is produced the greater decline in the quality of the DNA it carries. However do men really need to rush to the nearest sperm lab as they leave their twenties? Or even, if the hype is to be believed[more], as they enter their twenties?
According to the Office of National Statistics, in 2012 the average marrying age for men was 36.5, an increase of 8 years since 1972. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t already fathers when they marry but it does mean that those who wait could become less fertile with increases chances of miscarriage or birth abnormality.
However, other studies have found links between younger dads and reproductive issues. Which really should help to reassure men who are trying to conceive that “there are lies, dammed lies and statistics”.
Those that have missed the boat and are no longer as young (or possibly as virile as they once were), or those who cannot afford (or want to) freeze their sperm, can take other measures to increase the quality of their sperm. You can assist the odds by following a nutritious diet specifically high in the minerals and antioxidants necessary for sperm synthesis, motility, volume and replication.
Contact This Life Nutrition for advice on conception and fertility for both the mother and the father.
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By Saffron Rogerson
22 July 2015