“Hurry, your biological clock is ticking!” –  are the words of “wisdom” we often hear being told to women. This daunting reminder is repeated to alert women that their ability to conceive will deteriorate with age. When trying to get pregnant, there is a great deal of pressure that is put on women, but what about the men?

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Do men have biological clocks too?

Surprisingly, yes! A British study observed 8,500 couples to learn if age had any effect on how long it may take to get pregnant. Researchers at Bristol and Brunel Universities discovered that “while only 8% of men younger than 25 fail to impregnate their partner after a year of trying, that number grows to 15 percent after age 35.”

 

Whose clock ticks first, men or women?

Despite men and women both having a biological clock, it is the woman’s clock that begins to tick first. A woman’s fertility lessens in her early 30s and decreases quickly between ages 35-40. There is not an official age that determines when fertility starts to drop in men; it occurs as time progresses.

 

What happens to the male body when its clock begins to tick?

A study in the Human Reproduction journal states that the quality of a man’s semen begins to decrease the older he gets. It has been found that with age, sperm’s motility begins to slow down, making it a challenge for it to meet and fertilize the egg. In addition, men produce less semen the older they get. The study also found that “a 50 year old man produced 20% less semen than a 30 year old man.”

 

What can my partner do to increase his fertility?

Commit to a healthy diet packed with fertility-boosting foods, including leafy greens, grapefruit, pomegranates, and dark chocolate. Kick bad habits such as smoking and excessive drinking, is another way to protect his sperm and its motility.

Last but not least, since aging has been found to decrease motility and sperm count, taking a supplement to help support it is essential. Male FertilPrep provides capsules for men to support sperm concentration, motility, and morphology. It contains Vitamin C, Folate, Zinc, Selenium, and NAC to aid conception, reduce free radical oxidation, and support natural fertility.