Trending News: Sorry Guys, But You Have A Biological Clock, Too
Long Story Short
Hate it to break it to you guys, but men have a biological clock, just like women do. Things start to get particularly iffy when men try to have children after 45.
I’ve met a few guys in their forties who admittedly aim for women in their twenties. And that’s all well and good, but if they want to eventually have kids and think they can have kids into their fifties and sixties they’re kidding themselves.
Research has continued to prove that men’s fertility rate decreases as they age. One such study published in the reputable journal Nature found that men older than 40 have a greater chance of having offspring who develop autism or schizophrenia.
“Reports about celebrity fathers in their 50s, 60s and older, have blinded many men to the reality that they, too, have a biological clock,” Nargund writes. “For every Ronnie Wood or Rupert Murdoch fathering a child in their 60s or 70s, there are many, many more men like the barrister who came to me, a widower with grownup children who was desperate to start a new chapter in life.”
Other old celebrity dads include Charlie Chaplin who fathered a child at age 73, Pablo Picasso who had one at 68 and Clint Eastwood at 66, but these aren’t the norm. At least, if you want your child to be healthy.
Nargund lists a number of extremely scary risk factors if men choose to try and have a baby when they’re older:
– Increased risk for the children to have psychiatric and academic morbidity.
– It may take five times as long to conceive when a woman has a male partner over the age of 45.
– Women’s risk of miscarriage is twice as high when the guy is over 45, compared to those with partners under 25.
– More likely to have dwarfism.
– Five times more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder.
The issue is getting even scarier these days as people choose to marry later. As The Washington Post reports: “In 1960, the median age for a first marriage in the United States was 20 for women and 23 for men; today, it’s 27 for women and 29 for men.”
Not giving yourself a ton of time there, guys. But hey, it is what it is.
Nargund suggests doing a Movember-style awareness campaign to combat the myth that guys don’t have a biological clock:
“We need to break down the silence, improve education and give men the opportunity to open up and discuss a topic that can be as painful for them as it is for their female partners.”
So, let’s talk.
Own The Conversation
Ask The Big Question
Why do men continue to perpetuate the myth that it doesn’t matter when they have kids?
Drop This Fact
Children of older fathers are also 13 times more likely to develop attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to research published in 2014.