Every time a couple suffers from infertility issues or has multiple still-births, all fingers are pointed at the mother. A women’s age is definitely a factor that affects her chances of conceptions and live birth. But it has been proved that the male partner is equally responsible for the ART success.

According to a report placed in the 2014 annual meeting of the American Urological Association, the paternal age or the father’s age can be a predictor of the live birth rate through ART. The advancing age of the father lowers the chances of live birth with ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology).

A retrospective study was conducted by Natan Bar-Chama, MD, of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and colleagues on 18,806 cycle of stimulated conceptions through ART. The study revealed that with every 10 years increment in the father’s age, chances of live birth decreases by 20%. This team of researchers came to this conclusion after taking into to account all the possible female factors that can affect live birth rates. Dr. Bar-Chama was also of the opinion that the increased age of the father can also be associated with the possibilities of birth defects and diseases like Autism and Schizophrenia in the new born.

According to Dr Bar-Chama if the mean paternal and maternal ages in cohort if around 36.4 years and 38.4 years, then the estimated chance of the live birth rate with ART will be around 23%.

However, this study will allow the team to make a probe about the reasons behind decline of the live birth rate in association with the paternal age and also about the other risk factors involved. It can also prove to be the first step of the endeavor to ‘turn back the clock’.

The team of researchers, headed by Dr Bar-Chama concluded their presentation with a poster that suggested that while counseling patients undergoing ART, the age of the father must be taken into account as a predictor of the live birth success rate.

Source : Renal & Urology News