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Are a couple more fertile if the man is young?

By Anonymous February 4, 2009 - 7:09pm
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I heard somewhere that a man's fertility also decreases as he gets older. If I, the woman am 36 and my husband is 30, are we more fertile as a couple than if we were both 36? Are we more likely to conceive more easily?
Just wondering???

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I can't get pregnant what do i do? I am scared that i am not fertile or my husband is not fertile.....Help me please....

July 25, 2010 - 3:27pm
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Can you tell us more information?

- How old are each of you?
- How long have you been trying to conceive?
- How often are you having unprotected intercourse?
- How long has it been since you have used any birth control?

July 25, 2010 - 7:57pm
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I don't really need the help of Jesus or any other "higher" being, thanks though!

March 17, 2010 - 3:30pm
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Thanks. This is interesting. You mentioned that other factors such as health, etc. can also make a difference.
If the woman, at 36 is and always has been very fit and never had any health issues, has a regular cycle, has a family history of "older" mothers( mother, sisters and cousins giving birth into early 40's), has a previous pregnancy and ALSO a husband who is just 30 years old, might she have an easier time conceiving? I know that this is a hard question....just wondering as I am thinking of trying.

February 5, 2009 - 4:35pm
(reply to Anonymous)

A person's health and lifestyle choices do play an important role in fertility, but most of the infertility conditions are caused by conditions of the reproductive system (ovulation or fallopian tubes, for instance). These reproductive system conditions can be experienced by all women, regardless of health status, age, medical conditions, etc. Making healthy lifestyle choices (ie, not smoking, exercising, eating healthy, maintaining healthy weight) can provide you with the best chances of conception, but it does not "guarantee" conception.

There are many different causes/reasons for infertility, and sometimes it is "undetermined" or unknown in specific cases. You can read about the causes and risk factors of infertility: EmpowHER Conditions: Infertility/Fertility Causes.

The scenario you describe has so many possible answers, as it depends on the woman's and man's reproductive systems, in addition to numerous other factors.

Lastly, it does come down to basic math as well. In couples who are both fertile, the more times they have unprotected sex during the woman's fertile window, the more likely she is to become pregnant within a year.

You and your husband are thinking of trying to conceive? It is an interesting choice of words...that you are "thinking about" trying..not sure yet? Do you both want children, or are you not sure?

July 25, 2010 - 7:51pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Rather than typing a long long passage, everything could be summarized in one line. That is 'LIFE IS GIVEN BY GOD ALONE, ASK JESUS HE WILL BLESS YOU'.

March 20, 2009 - 2:31pm

What an interesting question.

There are probably many ways to look at this question, but one way is to look at infertility numbers by gender. Many times, infertility is caused by more than one factor, but 65% of the cases are related to the woman, and 20% are the man. (The other 15% of cases, the cause is not found in any partner).

Another tidbit: the man's fertility does decrease as he get older, but it does not start as early (for women, the percent chance that she will conceive in any one menstrual cycle starts to decline in her early 30s, and even more after age 35).

So, statistically speaking, in your example: the younger both partners are, the "more fertile" you may be. So, the short answer to your question may be, "yes, you are more fertile as a couple if one of you are younger. You are even more fertile as a couple if you have a 6-year age difference, but are both in your 20s, statistically speaking." However, in your example, the woman is still the same age (and, over 35) and I'm not sure how much impact the 6 years of age in the male would have on his fertility vs. the woman being over 35 years of age. It is just so dependent on many other factors!

According to ACOG, "For healthy, young couples, the odds are about 20% that a woman will conceive in any one menstrual cycle." I thought this was interesting, because I thought the percent would be higher! After age 35, the odds are lower. However, there are so many factors, including lifestyle, health history, weight, etc that effect fertility beyond age.

I am interested to read if anyone has any further information!

Have you been trying to conceive?

February 5, 2009 - 3:50pm
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