Quick Tip: Is Male Age Linked to Lower Chance of Conceiving?

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What do Charlie Chaplin, Robert De Niro and Pablo Picasso have in common?

It sounds like the first line of a bad joke… but the answer is that they were all pretty old when they became fathers!⁣⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣We all know about the biological clock that women have. Fertility declines as we age and once menopause hits, that’s it. It’s definitely over.⁣⁣⁣⁣
But it’s not exactly a secret that men can still conceive even though they’re old. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
Charlie Chaplin: 73⁣⁣⁣⁣
Robert DeNiro: 68⁣⁣⁣⁣
Clint Eastwood: 66⁣⁣⁣⁣
Steve Martin: 67 ⁣⁣⁣⁣
and I could go on and on!⁣⁣⁣⁣

Male Age Matters⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣!

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣So you might think that for men, age doesn’t matter. Old guys can still get women pregnant.⁣⁣⁣⁣

Well, yes, BUT… a new study showed that for each year the male partner is older, his fertility tends to decrease at a rate of about 4%. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
I can hear you think: but old men tend to have older partners too. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣True, but that 4% is actually independent of the woman’s age! ⁣⁣⁣⁣
So for all the men out there… You have a bit of a biological clock ticking too!⁣⁣⁣⁣

Horta et al. 2019. Human Reproduction, 34(12), 2523-2532.

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