Fertility Issues Aren't Just A Female Problem

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celebrity cads like Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty seem to happily and effortlessly sire babies into their fifties and sixties, but the reality is that fertility declines after age 35 for men just as it does for women. According to a recent French study of over 12,200 couples having fertility treatments, fertility for men declines after 35 and becomes "significantly lower if [the man] is over 40," the BBC reports. "There's a common misperception — even among healthcare providers — that infertility is a female problem," Dr. Thomas Walsh of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine tells the L.A. Times, but at least 20% of infertility is due to male reproductive issues. The L.A. Times describes several different maladies that might cause a man to be infertile, but my favorite is what I like to refer to as "lazy sperm."


"For fertilization to take place, sperm must be able to reach the egg and then penetrate its outer layer," the L.A. Times notes. "Sperm that don't move well...may be unable to do so." As "lifestyle"
can be a a factor when "sperm that don't move well," I'm forced to surmise that too much weed renders one's junk unable to do anything but lie on the proverbial couch of one's innards.

Anyway! When couples are having fertility problems, 67% of women seek treatment before their male partners do, and almost half of women surveyed by the IntegraMed company reported that their partners only sought help when pressured. "Both the male and female partner should be worked up simultaneously," Dr. Walsh says. "Men are just as deserving of a comprehensive evaluation." Walsh adds that part of the issue is that women can just go to their gynecologist when facing reproductive problems, whereas men don't have the same kind of go-to doctor with whom they feel comfortable. All the same: if you're having issues with babymaking, make sure to get everyone involved a full medical workup.

Biological Clock 'Ticks Too' [BBC]
Can Be Infertile Too [LAT]


Stranger Bird

@AdrienneEE: @Lulu82: I think what Lulu82 was implying by saying that older fathers would be more absent is that, if a man has a child in his sixties, say, his child will be younger when he passes away than if he had had the child in his twenties. The child is more likely to have an absent (i.e. dead of old age) father.