How does age affect male fertility?
When it comes to trouble in conceiving, fertility is the first factor to blame on. The decrease in fertility with age is not a new phenomenon, and past studies have shown consistency in it. When you are doing everything that you can and not getting pregnant, the society turns towards the women with shame. Then, what about male sexual problems? Let’s explore this aspect of infertility.
Male sexual disorders like erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, impotence, low sperm quantity, and motility all contribute to infertility. Male sexual disorders have repeatedly been linked with age, nutritional deficiency, unhealthy lifestyle, and stress. Amongst them, age is the primary contributing factor.
How is age related to Poor Quality, Quantity, and Motility of the Sperm?
The biochemical composition (such as certain essential salts, amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants) of the sperm determines the quality of the human male sperm and hence his sexual health. Studies have shown that with age a man’s sperm composition is compromised hence the quality of the sperm and the hopes of pregnancy go down.
The aging testicle too has a lot to contribute to his infertility. As the man ages, there is a reduction in the average daily sperm production (during meiosis). Therefore, the age-related decline in the number of sperms results to poor fertility and difficulty in conceiving. To explain this in a simpler fashion, progressing age has a negative effect on the spermatogenesis (the process of sperm formation) therefore resulting in poor quality, quantity, and motility of the sperm.
Aging and Abnormal Sperm Morphology
Studies have shown that with age comes the morphological change in the sperms. A normal sperm has two parts, an oval head with a long tail. Aging contributes to abnormal sperm such as a crooked or double tail or a large or misshapen head which might affect the ability of the sperm to reach and penetrate the egg.
Aging and Erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to maintain an erection. It is a part of the normal aging process for older men and is reportedly common in men over the age of fifty.
How to Protect Fertility while Aging?
Since the entire world is chanting it so let’s start with “smoking is injurious to health” and to fertility too. It has an adverse effect on the sperm count, motility, and structure because smoking exposes the sperm to harmful chemicals like cadmium and lead.
As you age stress, anxiety, and depression is a very common phenomenon. It causes a rise in the levels of cortisol (stress hormone) and increases the oxidative damage which in-turn contributes to sexual dysfunction. To avoid this, adopt a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly since this counters the production of the stress hormones.
Other than lifestyle changes, there are medical procedures that can bridge the barrier between aging affecting the male fertility and becoming a parent. Motherhood provides you with medical facilities like IVF, semen analysis tests, PISCI (Physiological Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection) and more to help you step into parenthood. With our experienced group of doctors, set of ever-advancing technology opted, sophisticated as well as welcoming infrastructure and skilled surgeons, the department offers you more than just a treatment.
At Motherhood our doctors recommend you this treatment option only after a careful examination, study, and collaboration with the experts from other fields to ensure you receive the best multidisciplinary care. Therefore, there is more than just one reason to entrust us with your health.
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