Lifestyle Choices Potentially Maximize Fertility for Middle-Aged Men

JoTo PR client, Fertility CARE: The IVF Center, wrote a bylined article for a Talking about Men’s Health piece titled, Sorry Guys, Your Sperm Ages TooUntitled-design-50-3-150x150.png.

Since the 1970s, the percentage of births to men aged 40 or older in the U.S. has doubled. In 2015, they accounted for 9 percent of births. Only recently have studies focused entirely on the impact of older fathers, from the length of time it takes to conceive to the health of mother and child. As it turns out, men do have a sort of biological clock. While women are born with their lifetime supply of eggs, men start making sperm at puberty and continue this for the rest of their lives.

Therefore, a recent study of more than 40.5 million births at the Stanford University School of Medicine concluded that “more than 12 percent of births to fathers aged 45 years or older with adverse outcomes might have been prevented were the fathers younger.” The study found that men over age 40-45 take five times as long to impregnate their partner compared with men under 25. Fortunately, there are ways for men to protect and maximize their fertility such choosing a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, managing stress to boost sexual performance and moderate physical activity can have a positive or neutral impact of sperm.

Mark P. Trolice, M.D., is the founder and Director of Fertility CARE – The IVF Center. He also serves as Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando and Medical Director of the Egg Donor Program at Cryos International, the world’s largest sperm donor bank. Dr. Trolice is Board-certified in OB/GYN and reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI), and he is a Fellow of the American Colleges of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG), Surgeons (FACS), and Endocrinology (FACE). Renowned as Orlando’s most successful fertility specialist, Dr. Trolice and his wife battled infertility for over 10 years before adopting their children. This journey gave him unique insights into patients’ struggles and is included in his forthcoming book on infertility from Harvard Common Press. Learn why he has earned the trust of patients and physicians alike: 

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