Does Sperm Have a Biological Clock?


Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock. This is the noise most women hear in their head once they pass the age of 30. That’s because they know their time to conceive and carry a child to term is diminishing with each passing day.

For decades it was believed that only women had to deal with this biological clock, and that men could make a child at any age. Look at some of the world’s most famous men. Carry Grant was 62 years old when his daughter was born. George Clooney fathered his children late in life. Heck Rupert Murdoch fathered a child at 68!

While these men got lucky and had healthy children fairly easily later in life, the truth is, that’s not necessarily the norm. According to research, about half of all infertility cases in America involve male infertility. And sadly, despite this significant number, very few men understand the role their age, health and lifestyle choices play in whether or not they and their partner will conceive.

The B-I-G 40

With the myth that men can be fathers into their golden years, many men have focused on their careers and waited to start their families until they were in their 40s or older. But, just like the health and validity of a woman’s eggs decreases as she ages, the health and validity of a man’s sperm also decreases as he ages. And research has shown that at around age 40, the quality and quantity of a man’s sperm declines, and fairly rapidly.

Beyond having a hard time conceiving, once a male partner is over the age of 45, there is also a greater chance that his partner will have a miscarriage or that the baby may be born with health conditions such as dwarfism, autism and ADHD.

And finally, while men have a hard time expressing their emotions, many feel just as much sadness and guilt as their female partner do when the infertility is due to her health.

Causes of Male Infertility and How to Have Healthy Sperm

As a man ages, he may experience infertility from health conditions such as issues with the hypothalamus or the pituitary gland, a testicular disease, or a sperm transport disorder. These conditions aren’t necessarily a result of any lifestyle choices the man has made and most will require medical intervention.

Having said that, more often than not, lifestyle choices play a very big role in the health of a man’s sperm. Here are some things you can do to ensure your sperm are healthy:

Maintain A Healthy Weight

Research suggests that obesity is linked with decreasing sperm count and sperm motility (how well the sperm swims). So it’s important that you get rid of the gut and stay in shape.

Eat Healthy

You’ll have a much easier time keeping the weight off if you aren’t having fast food every day for lunch and dessert with dinner. It’s important to stay away from processed food and instead opt for whole foods like meat, eggs, produce and whole grains.

Protect Yourself from STDs

Sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are known to cause infertility. If you think you’ll want to have a family someday, then limit your number of partners now and always use a condom.

Manage Stress

Stress interferes with sex hormones BIG time and you need your hormones to stay balanced. Find healthy ways (not binge drinking or eating garbage) to beat stress like exercise and meditation.


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