A research shows that the quality and amount of sperm decline when men get older. And to improve it, men are recommended taking more TLC.
Science Daily informs that the University of Otago has analyzed 90 studies made in more than 30 countries and confirmed that the volume of semen, the quality and functions of sperm drop with the age of men. It proves that the health of male sperm is age-related.
The journal Ageing Research Reviews published the results of studies that could help doctors and scientists settle fertility and offspring problems of the couples who would postpone their pregnancy for later periods.
Sheri Johnson, the lead author of the journal article, says that the medicine has paid significant attention to the negative influence of women’s age on the reproductive system, fertility, pregnancy and child’s health. While low attention has paid to the effects of male sperm and semen to the fertility and child’s health.
There is no exact age when sperm quality starts declining. But some laboratory studies report lower quality and volume with older age while others say that some sperm deterioration is noticed when men achieve 35 or 40 years old.
You need to take into account and assess both female and male factors when investigating problems that prevent pregnancy. In this case, you can avoid needless IVF procedures, risks of pregnancy and birth complications, pregnancy termination, or children’s diseases such as autism, epilepsy, Down syndrome or schizophrenia. Experts stress that doctors should assess the sperm health and ability to fertilize rather than use old methods of sperm concentration, sperm count or semen quantity evaluation.