Men have a biological clock too, fatherhood after 45 can put partner & child at health risk

Men can experience decreased fertility after 45.

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WASHINGTON: Men too have a ticking "biological clock" - just like women - say scientists who have found that older fathers may put the health of their partners and unborn children at risk.

The study, published in the journal Maturitas, which reviewed 40 years of research on the effect of parental age on fertility, pregnancy and the health of children.

"While it is widely accepted that physiological changes that occur in women after 35 can affect conception, pregnancy and the health of the child, most men do not realise their advanced age can have a similar impact," said Gloria Bachmann, from Rutgers University in the US.


While the medical profession has no clearly accepted definition of when advanced paternal age begins - it ranges from 35 to 45 - infants born to fathers over 45 have risen 10 per cent in the US over the past 40 years, likely due to assisted reproductive technology.

The study found that men 45 and older can experience decreased fertility and put their partners at risk for increased pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and preterm birth.
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As they matured, these children were found to have an increased likelihood of childhood cancers, psychiatric and cognitive disorders, and autism.

Bachmann attributes most of these outcomes to a natural decline in testosterone that occurs with ageing, as well as sperm degradation and poorer semen quality, but she said that some correlations need more research.

"In addition to advancing paternal age being associated with an increased risk of male infertility, there appears to be other adverse changes that may occur to the sperm with ageing," she said in a statement.

"For example, just as people lose muscle strength, flexibility and endurance with age, in men, sperm also tend to lose 'fitness' over the life cycle," she said.
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These germline or heredity mutations also may contribute to the association of advancing paternal age and disorders in the offspring, such as these children being diagnosed with autism and schizophrenia.

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"Also, some studies have shown that the risk of autism starts to increase when the father is 30, plateaus after 40 and then increases again at 50," she added.

The study also found that older men struggled with fertility issues even if their partner was under 25.

"While women tend to be more aware and educated than men about their reproductive health, most men do not consult with physicians unless they have a medical or fertility issue," Bachmann said.

She recommended that physicians counsel older men as they do older women on the effect their age will have on conception, pregnancy and the health of their child.

If men plan on delaying fatherhood, they should consider banking sperm before their 35th -- or at least by their 45th birthday -- to decrease the increased risks to the health of the mother and child.

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