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Does age influence male fertility?

By Zaira Salvador B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 07/18/2022

Male age can affect sperm quality, but there is not as marked a decline in fertility as in the case of women. After the age of 40, male fertility decreases. It has been observed that with age there is a slow but progressive reduction in seminal volume, a decrease in sperm concentration and an increase in oxidative stress.

In addition, the likelihood of sperm having genetic alterations also increases. Nevertheless, a man can still be fertile in his 50s, 60s and even 70s.

In the following article there is more information on the effect of age on men: What is Andropause / male menopause

 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.