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Father's Age is Risk Factor For Miscarriage - Over Age of 35 Genetic Abnormalities and Defects Associated with Sperm - Depends on Mans Age

July 31st 2006

Father's Age is Risk Factor For Miscarriage - Over Age of 35 Genetic Abnormalities and Defects Associated with Sperm - Depends on Mans Age


The fatherís age may influence the risk of miscarriage, based on a large study of women in Jerusalem who were pregnant between 1964 and 1976.  They looked at the 1,500 women who suffered a miscarriage, and compared them to the 12,000 who did not have one. 

They took into account the motherís age, which was already a well known risk factor for miscarriage.  The research showed that men also have a biological clock.  Even in their 30ís, men had a higher risk of miscarriage.  The rate of miscarriage was three times higher in fathers between the ages of 35 and 39, as compared to men younger than 25. 

Men continually produce new sperm even into their later years, however the research shows that starting at a young age, fertility gradually declines.  Read More Below:


As men age, apparently they are also at a higher risk of producing children with a birth defect. Earlier studies found that after the age of 40, a manís ability to have children declines.  For women the age appears to be 35. 

Menís sperm are more prone to genetic abnormalities as they age as well.  Researchers believe that miscarriages in the first trimester tend to be because of genetic anomalies in the fetus.  This may explain why the risk is tied to the fatherís age. 


The research is published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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