Learn When Is the Fertile Period of the Men
The fertile period in man ends only near 60 years of age, when their testosterone levels decrease and the production of sperm decreases. But, despite this, there are cases of men over 60 years who are able to become pregnant a woman. This is because, although the production of sperm to decrease, it does not stop completely until the end of the life of man.
This causes the man has a fertile period constant, since the onset of puberty, unlike women. The woman, although be prepared to get pregnant from your first menstruation, the menarche, only got pregnant during the fertile period of each month. This period lasts about 6 days and happens only once per month, leaving to occur when you begin menopause.
Up to what age the man is fertile?
The fertility of man has a beginning, on average, to 12 years, which is the age at which the male sex organs are mature and able to produce sperm. So, if there is any change that interferes in the process of production of sperm, the fertile period of the man lasts until the called andropause, which corresponds to menopause that happens in women.
The symptoms of andropause usually appears between 50 and 60 years of age and is characterized by the decreased production of testosterone, which interferes directly in the production capacity of the sperm. However, this can be controlled by hormone replacement of testosterone, which must be made in accordance with the guidance of the doctor.
In spite of the decrease in the concentration of testosterone over time, the production of the sperm viable can still happen, and it is, therefore, fertile.
How to evaluate the fertility
The fertility of the man can be verified by means of some laboratory tests that inform the production capacity of the sperm, as well as their characteristics. So, the urologist may request the production of:
- Semen analysis, in which are evaluated the characteristics of semen, such as viscosity, pH, number of sperm per ml of semen, shape, motility and concentration of sperm alive. Thus, the doctor can indicate whether a man is fertile or if the infertility is due to insufficient production of sperm, or producing sperm little viable;
- The dosage of testosterone, because this hormone is responsible for stimulating the production of sperm, and are, therefore, directly related to the reproductive capacity of the man;
- Test post coitus, that checks the ability of espermatozoide swimming through the cervical mucus which is the mucus responsible for the lubrication of the woman, and thus fertilize the egg.
In addition to these exams, the urologist may request an ultrasound scan of the testes with the goal of checks for any change in the body and can interfere with male fertility.