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Men’s biological clocks

April 8, 2009

We’ve heard of women’s biological clocks (for some silly reason, I always think of the beginning scene of Look Who’s Talking, that wonderful film with Kirstie Alley and John Travolta), but what about men’s biological clocks?

So, this may not be new information, but there was a recent Australian study (from the University of Queensland) further proving the point that men have biological clocks, too. The study found that:

  • Children are less likely to develop mental disorders who are born to older fathers, such as bipolar disorder, autism, and schizophrenia
  • The chance for a couple to conceive decreases dramatically the older the man is.
  • Kids with older fathers tend to score fewer points on the I.Q. tests than kids with younger fathers.

This has got to scare some preconceived notions that men can have healthy children whenever they want. Lisa Belkin, who wrote about this new study in the NY Times Magazine, poses these questions in her article:

What if 30-year-old women started looking at 50-year-old men as damaged goods, what with their washed-up sperm, meaning those 50-year-olds might actually have to date (gasp!) women their own age? What if men, as the years passed, began to look with new eyes at Ms. Almost Right? Would men of all ages come to understand — firsthand, not just from the sidelines — the fear that the very passage of time will put your not-yet-conceived baby at risk?

Oh no, it could happen! Women could start to date men who are younger because of their healthy sperm (!!). It’s definitely shaking up the notion of gender roles and at what age men can be fathers, but don’t think a change is coming anytime soon.

Thanks to Liz H. for the link.

Sources: NY Times Magazine, Think Progress

One Comment
  1. mariazk permalink
    April 16, 2009 12:37 am

    After all both men and women are made up of the same human cells.
    Very interesting! I also read sometime back that just like women experience mood changes during menopause, men face certain changes in that regards as well.

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