Men Have a Biological Clock, too. This Is the Age That Heightens High-Risk Pregnancies, Birth Defects

Men Have a Biological Clock, too. This Is the Age That Heightens High-Risk Pregnancies, Birth Defects

For women, it’s well known that putting off having kids until middle age can be risky, both for their health and the health of their child. But men have never really been a part of that picture. Until now. New research suggests men need to be aware of their biological clocks, too.

Men who have children at the age of 45+ put their partners at risk for pregnancy complications, and their children have elevated risks of birth defects, childhood cancers, and other health issues, according to a study published in Maturitas. Researchers reviewed 40 years worth of studies on how parental age affects fertility, pregnancy, and a child’s well-being over time.

The findings come at a time where more and more men are delaying having children. The number of infants born to fathers … Read the rest