Absolutely age affects male fertility. Where once, in terms of fertility, we thought women were the only ones impacted by age, scientific evidence also shows that male fertility is very much impacted by age.
Specifically a man’s sperm is impacted by age in that
- Sperm DNA fragmentation
- Sperm motility, the ability of the sperm to swim
- Sperm shape
These fertility factors can all be negatively impacted as men age.
Even if you’ve had a child 5, 10, however many years ago and/or you’ve had a semen analysis that was done previously and it was okay, the reality is that your sperm today is the result of what’s been happening – yes over your lifetime – but predominantly over the last 4 months.
It can take 2 or 3 sperm cycles to see any change in sperm whatsoever, so the same way that you might be doing a whole lot of wrong things and it’s now impacting the sperm today, in 3, 4, or more cycles it will absolutely have a negative impact.
Conversely, if you’re doing all the right things, it may take 2 or 3 sperm cycles, which are about 3-1/2 to 4 months each to see an improvement in sperm quality. This is why the 120 Pre-conception preparation period is the first step in our fertility treatment program.
One of the things that a lot of people don’t realize is miscarriage risk is a 50-50 equation—50 percent of a reason as to why miscarriage happens is to do with the egg, 50 percent is to do with the sperm. Looking at all of a couples fertility factors in combination is going to make a huge difference to your ability to keep a healthy pregnancy to term.
The majority of my patients have been trying to conceive for many, many years, and you’re probably watching this and going, “I’ve been trying for 10 years.” I’ve had patients who have been trying for 19 years who came to us and ended up having a baby through our program.
The important thing is that if you’re doing things to optimize your sperm, you really need to be looking at this as a long-term proposition. It’s not just doing a little bit here right now, for a month, and then stopping or doing something else. Improving sperm quality is a long term process and that’s the key thing to realize, understand and apply.
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