Of course, men can get pregnant

What role does age play?

Male fertility

In men, fertility does not begin to decline gradually until the age of 40: fewer sperm are formed, and their ability to fertilize can also decline. In a British study of more than 600 couples, in which all partners were younger than 25, it was found that the time to the onset of a desired pregnancy was around seven months if the partner was younger than 40 years. With a partner over 40 years of age, this time was threefold.

The age of men also increases the overall risk of early miscarriage. This is especially true if the woman is older than 30 years. With increasing age, the risk of chromosomal disorders in the sperm cells also increases in men. Older men's sperm are more likely to have genetic defects. They are the cause of some rare genetic developmental disorders in children.

Overall, it has been shown that getting older reduces the fertility of both sexes, especially if additional risk factors such as smoking, obesity or various general illnesses are added.

However, general statistical statements do not allow a prognosis about the fertility of the individual couple. The same applies here as with other risk factors for fertility: some couples get pregnant immediately even under unfavorable conditions, while others are confronted with longer waiting times despite the best conditions.