Post # 1
I really should not be on the bee this much…. I have the bar exam coming up!! But this place keeps me from losing my fricken mind!!
Anyway, women definitely have a set time for which we can conceive and most people believe that men can continue to have children forever. While this is only techically true, it gives them false hope that they have all the time in the world to have healthy children. The key word here being; healthy. Yes, some older gentlemen do have very healthy babies, but the truth is, a man after 35 has higher chances of having children with with mental illness or birth defects. (see link below) Even if you’re under 35, if your man is over 35, genetic testing is still highly recommended.
I mean think about it: if they’re churning out brand new products with an old run down factory with aged materials, they’re bound to have problems. Any thoughts on this, ladies?
Post # 3
Yes, biologically men’s sperm are not in as good of shape as they age. Makes total logical sense. I didn’t know that wasn’t already common knowledge? Also RE:genetic testing, are you talking about testing the fetus? Or the guy? Because a man has the same genes when he’s 80 as he does when he is born. Only testing the fetus gives you more info.
Post # 4
@crayfish: Yes, I meant for the baby. =) I’m pretty sure people have an idea that their sperm is not in great shape, but I dont think a lot of people realize all the other defects that it could have. Most people I talked to thought it simply meant a lower sperm count as the man ages. My fiance had no idea that down syndome increased as the man’s age increased too.
Post # 5
O great! Just when my FI & I were lamenting over the children expectation of our coming marriage. He just turned 40 this year & I am 25, we always joked that since I was so young we had plenty of time- until I turned 25 & suddenly felt the 30 age deadline for children looming large…. He’ll be just overjoyed to hear this! LOL!
Post # 6
@BeckyS0: Ah crap! Mine is 34… I thought the same thing… plenty of time!! This is a little bit of a bummer.
Post # 7
@MrsPom: It’s not that bad. There are a lot of other factors that need to be taken into account. These are more or less correlational studies so they can’t conclusively prove that age = bad sperm. They haven’t studied it enough because it’s just long believed that men’s fertility is not an issue. There are other confounding factors like life style and it really could just be that the older they are, the more the lifestyle has taken an effect on them. Eating healthy and exercise I’m sure play a huge role in healthy sperm. Besides, both men AND women have had healthy babies after 35. I’m sure a 40 year old with a healthy lifestyle is better off than the 35 year old alcholic McD’s everyday eater. This is just something to think about and not take a man’s age for granted and I guess a warning to men not to waste their fertile years either. =P