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An_206310 posted:
At about what age does a man lose his ability to produce children? I know there are medicines to help but I am curious if there is a natural point in a man's life when he cannot produce anymore?
AmyAALC responded:
Typically men will continue to produce sperm cells their entire life. This means they are able to father children from puberty to death. The sperm quality and production does decrease with age. Men into their 50s and 60s usually have no problems conceiving a pregnancy.

One big factor can be side effects from medications. As one ages they are more likely to take medications for various health problems (blood pressure, diabetes, etc.).

If you are concerned about your age and your fertility go get a semen analysis done to evaluate you sperm production and quality. If you want to father children a number of years down the road you can alway freeze semen samples for later use. Once sperm cells are cryopreserved they can be used years down the road.

Amy Perkins, MS, TS
Laboratory Supervisor
Arizona Andrology Laboratory & Cryobank
International Center for Vasectomy Reversal

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