When Are Men Most Fertile Age?

Though generally age is not barrier to getting many things in this modern living but in fact it is one of unchangeable risk factors for many health conditions. It also can be a barrier when you have a plan for pregnancy with your partner. Most people think that women’s age is the most crucial factor for conception of pregnancy, but men’s age matters too. What is the most fertile age for men? Let’s explore more this issue!

Male and female fertilities decrease as age increases

In today’s society, age-related fertility problems are increasing popular. This is reasonable since for a wide variety of reasons, many couples wait until their 30s or even 40s to start their families. Even though women and men today may be healthier and practicing better care of themselves than ever before, unfortunately this doesn’t offset the natural age-related decrease in fertility.

In general, either female or male fertility decreases as age increases. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, age can significantly affect the levels of fertility both in men and women.

Age-related fertility decline: Men vs Women

It’s clear that age can be a risk factor of fertility problem, but many studies showed that female fertility decreases faster than male fertility.

Many people talk that the chance of getting a conception declines as we get older. But for men, there is still no clearly threshold of when they will become infertile.

In women, the age of 35 or older – the chance of getting pregnant is much lower than when they’re younger than 30. Though there is still a chance for women older than 35 to get pregnant,  the chance is much better for men. In fact, many men older than 35 can successfully father children!

Unlike the decline in female fertility, typically male’s sperm decline develops much later. Even age-related sperm decline in men doesn’t become a serious concern before they are in their 60s [1].

In fact, there is no exactly maximum age at which they cannot father children. Even some in their 60-70s can get a pregnancy with their younger partners. In other words, we can say that male fertility decreases slower than female fertility,

The most fertile age for men

Like in women, there is also a point when a man reaches his most fertile time. In general, both female and male fertilities reach the peak level at the age of early twenties [2].

However, the chance of getting a pregnancy is still pretty good at early thirties for both men and women. No matter how slowly your fertility declines, the tag ‘decline’ should not be ignored since it means that your chance of getting a pregnancy with your partner decreases as you age.

image_illustration79So, if you think that you are ready to start a family and have a child, it’s much better to not delay it. Even if your partner is much younger than you, a young 20s-woman who gets pregnant with an older man (especially older than 45 years-old) is at high risk of having some pregnancy complications – including a miscarriage.

In fact, most cases of miscarriage come with chromosome abnormalities. And the bad sperm may have an effect in increasing the risk of developing abnormalities of chromosome. As well we know, your sperm quality decreases as you get older.

Furthermore – as you age, the children you father are at higher risk of a number of health problems such as difficulty learning, mental disorders, or autism. The following are statistics of the correlation between age factor, conception, and pregnancy complications [3].