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Advanced Paternal Age

May 24, 2017
By Dr. Sharon B. Jaffe

A woman who is trying to conceive and is older than 35 years old is considered "advance maternal age" due to the increased risk of pregnancy and the increased risk of abnormal eggs. But what about the male partner?  Is there an advanced paternal age that matters? 

The answer is yes. 

As a man ages, the quality of his semen parameters can decline.  Male sexual function can decline with age and there is an increased risk medical and urological problems that can further contribute to decreased male fertility.

But, what patients are usually not aware of is that advancing paternal age is associated with an increased risk of a variety of congenital anomalies, genetic abnormalities and syndromes, including psychiatric and neurocognitive disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia 

Although the increased risk to the offspring due to advanced paternal age is very low, it is important to be counseled about this by your physician.  Some physicians have raised the question "should younger men cryopreserve sperm to use later in life because of the decreased fertility and increase in certain diseases associated with advanced paternal age? "

The fertility experts at the Center for Reproductive Medicine are happy to discuss this and any other concerns regarding your fertility journey so that we can give our patients every conceivable chance to become parents.

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