The concept of the biological clock is usually centered on women. It’s common knowledge that female fertility decreases significantly with age completely expires after menopause. Though it isn’t as talked about, men may want to consider their age if they want to start a family. If you’re considering having children, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.
How does aging affect sperm quality? Will my sperm count decrease? At what age should I start to think about this? Continue reading to learn more about the way your age plays a role in the health and effectiveness of your sperm.
How Hormones Change
A study on male fertility and aging published in Reviews in Urology1 found that the hormones that men produce decrease as they age. A process called andropause, otherwise known as male menopause, shows that when men reach the age of 40, their testosterone levels begin to decrease. This is something men should be aware of since lowered testosterone has been linked to decreased sperm production.
The science and medical communities haven’t been able to pinpoint a reason for this change just yet, but they have found that andropause leads to fatigue, weakness, and lowered libido. The causes could be linked to factors like chronic illness, weight, or even current and previous medications.
Aging and the Immune System
As you age, there are a number of factors that compromise your immune system. From the number of illnesses you’ve had and medications you’ve been prescribed to more environmental factors, such as second-hand smoke, there is a wide range of variables that affect your overall immune health. The aging immune system isn’t as effective as it is in younger men.
With that said, one of the purposes of the male immune system is to rid the body of defective and abnormal sperm. As men age, they may need supplements to maintain sperm health; supplements help increase testosterone levels, sperm count, and motility.
There are many steps men can take to maintain normal sperm health and possibly preserve their fertility. The health of your sperm is dependent on many factors, but you can start small by making some simple lifestyle changes. Some changes you should consider include maintaining a healthy weight, choosing foods that are rich in antioxidants, and refraining from smoking. Additionally, studies2 show more than five alcoholic drinks per week could lead to a decrease in sperm. At the end of the day, do your best to minimize stress, relax, and consider adding supplements into your regular routine.
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- Harris, Isiah D., Carolyn Fronczak, Lauren Roth, and Randall Meacham. “Fertility and the Aging Male.” Fertility and the Aging Male. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253726/
- Ellis, Marie. “Men: Moderate Weekly Alcohol Consumption Could Lower Sperm Quality.” Medical News Today. October 3, 2014. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283359.php.