Age is no barrier to achieving many things. But it can reduce the chance of a man fathering a healthy child. While a woman’s age is the single most important factor in conception, the father’s age also matters.
A man's age affects the chances of a couple having a healthy child.
You can’t control your age, or your partner’s age. But if you’re in a relationship and you want to have a child, or more children, you can have the conversation sooner rather than later.
The quality of a man’s sperm decreases with age. As a man ages, it takes longer for his partner to get pregnant. There’s also an increased risk of not conceiving at all.
Whatever the age of the mother, the risk of miscarriage is higher if the father is over 45. The children of older fathers are at greater risk of autism, mental health problems and learning difficulties.
Children with fathers aged 40 or older are more than five times as likely to have an autism spectrum disorder than children fathered by men aged under 30.
"Men can have children at any age."
A man’s age matters. As men get older, the chances of conceiving and having a healthy child decline.
Male fertility starts to decline after 40 when sperm quality decreases. This means it takes longer for their partners to conceive and when they do, there’s an increased risk of miscarriage. A man’s age also influences the child’s future health. Children of older fathers are more likely to have mental health problems and autism spectrum disorders.
With Laureate Professor John Aitken, University of Newcastle, for Your Fertility.
Ed tells Bazz he'd be a bunny if he left it too long to start a family.
These fertility fact sheets have been developed by the Fertility Coalition in association with the Fertility Society of Australia’s Preconception Health Special Interest Group. They are aimed at health professionals so they are only to be read by those keen on the science of it all!