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Effect of advanced paternal age on fertility and pregnancy

Isiah D Harris, MD, MSc
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Lynn L Simpson, MD
Deputy Editor
Kristen Eckler, MD, FACOG


While the impact of increasing maternal age has received a great deal of attention, the impact of advanced paternal age on reproduction has been less well studied. However, as both men and women are now delaying childbearing until later than ever before, questions about the impact of advanced paternal age on reproduction are becoming more common.

This topic will review the available data regarding the impact of advanced paternal age on fertility, subsequent pregnancy, and the offspring. Topics related to male infertility and advanced maternal age are presented separately:

(See "Causes of male infertility".)

(See "Evaluation of male infertility".)

(See "Treatment of male infertility".)

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