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Men Also Have a Biological Clock That can Create Possible Complications

by | May 27, 2019

The notion of being on a “biological clock” usually one of the societal pressures that are put on women in our society. However, due to a recent study which was published in the Maturitas journal, there is some of that time-sensitive responsibility when it comes to reproducing that should be put on men, as well. Grab your significant other and keep reading below to see the findings of this study about men also being on their own ‘clock’.

If you’re not familiar with the term “biological clock”, it is a phrase referring to someone’s (almost always a woman’s) relationship between age and fertility, going along with the notion that the older someone gets (or, the closer a woman gets to menopause), the less fertile they become. The term usually isn’t used in the kindest sense, rather it is used as a way to guilt women into rushing to have children before “they get too old.”

Men Also Have a Biological Clock That can Create Possible Complications
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Men Also Have a Biological Clock That can Create Possible Complications

However, thanks to a study published in Maturitas, men also apparently share the struggle of having a ‘clock’. With 40 years of research observed, there were links found between the age of a father and certain effects on the mother’s pregnancy and their baby.

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According to the study, the older men get, the higher risk that they put their female partners in when it comes to pregnancy and birthing complications including gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and having a preterm birth. Not only that, but babies do run a higher risk of having complications such as congenital heart disease, newborn seizures, and being born underweight. While the study says that complications can happen as early as age 35, other research says that it is much more common after age 45. Not

While it is widely accepted that physiological changes occur in women after 35 can affect conception, pregnancy and the health of the child, most men do not realize their advanced age can have a similar impact…Just as people lose muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance with age, in men, sperm also tends to lose ‘fitness’ over the life cycle.

Gloria Bachmann, Director of the Women’s Health Institute at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

In order to combat the negative effects of aging sperm and certain risks that come with conceiving as an “older” father (considered as being aged 45 and up), Science Daily reports that certain specialists recommend that fathers bank their sperm before the age of 35 in order to prevent any possible difficulties that may happen further down the line.

What do you think of this research on men’s biological clock that came out? Have you or your partner considered banking sperm? Let me know in the comments below.

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Gabriella Anaya

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