Updated: 2019, Aug 3

How Does Male Age Affect the Sperm Count?

How Does Male Age Affect the Sperm Count?

Does My Age Affect My Sperm Count?

Sperm count in male can be defined as the number of sperm produced in his ejaculation. Sperm count in male is a critical factor in measuring the fertility of men. In fact, it is the simplest measurable part of measuring the reproductive condition of men. Normal men’ sperm count is around 15 million to 150 million. Anything below, this means the men’s reproductive health is below par. There are many reasons behind the decrement of sperm count in a male, and research has indicated that age affects sperm count.

Yes, there is an inverse relationship between sperm count and age. Aging leads to decrement in a sperm count, and it is the reason why there are things called the appropriate age of marriage and giving birth to the child at the right age. In the case of women, fertility significantly decreases with aging, and it is observed by many people easily, but the case is different with men. In the case of men, the sperm count decreases gradually, but the thing is that it is decreasing in the case of men as well. In this article, we will closely study the correlation between sperm count and age of men.

What kind of Correlation is there in Male Age and Sperm Count?

Many scientists are taking this matter as a trending topic for research. It is trending because the trend for parenthood in older age is significantly increasing. Even if the trend for parenthood in older age is increasing, this does not change the fact that age has an impact on reproduction. The research concludes that aging has a huge impact on the male sperm parameter and sexual function. Let’s take a closer look at the correlation between age and men sperm count:

1. Increment in age leads to Decrement in the Sperm count after the age of 40

The Sperm Count

There is a negative correlation between men age and sperm count. As a man grows older and older, he is unable to have the same sperm count and quality of sperm as he used to when he was younger. The study proves that the increment in age leads to a decrement in sperm count, and sexual dysfunction is very common as the man grows older. We can say that there is a negative correlation between sperm count and age after the age of 40.

2. The trend of Sperm Production

Another correlation which can be seen between the age of men and sperm count is in the trend of sperm production. Some researchers were interested to find the relationship between age and the volume of sperm production. The study proves that the men sperm count reaches its peak at the age of 17, but after the age of 40, there is a decline in the sperm count. The decline of 1% every year is observed after the age of 40. By this ratio, we can observe about almost 30% decline in sperm count at the age of 70.

3. The Correlation might not be observed in Rare Cases

Although there is a negative correlation between age and the sperm count, this might not be seen in some men. In rare cases, some men have higher sperm counts even in the age of 70 or 80. Among those rare cases, there was a recent incident where the 96 years old man gave birth to a child. In the interview with Ramajit Raghav, 96 years old father who gave birth to a child, he said that he used to have high nutrition diets making him fit even in the old age.

High Nutrition Diets

The exception of some rare cases, we can conclude that there is a negative correlation between sperm count and age after the age of 40. The sperm count is at the peak in the age of 17 and remains higher till the mid-age, and gradually decrease after that age.

Is there no Possible way to Maintain My Sperm Count even in the Older Age?

It is a common thing for sperm count to gradual decrease with the aging process, but you still can maintain your sperm count even in older age. Here are some tips to maintain your sperm count.

1. Do Some Moderate Exercises

Some moderate exercises can help in maintaining the level of sperm count. The study shows that the men who exercised more had 73% more sperm count than the men who exercised less.

2. Healthy Diet

The healthy diet can help you to maintain your sperm count. The men who consume lots of green vegetables and fruits can maintain their level of sperm count even in their old age.

3. Manage your Sex Life

Manage your Sex Life

The next way to maintain the sperm count is by managing your sex life. It is better to have at least 3 days’ gap after sex. You will have less dense sperm with more ejaculation.


These are some of the ways to maintain the sperm count even in older age. Age affects sperm count, as it has been indicated that the decrement in the sperm count is a common thing observed as you grow older, but it does not mean your sex life is over after the age of 50 or so. You can still have a healthy sex life and can maintain the sperm count in older age. Yes, you might not be as healthy as in the younger age, but you won’t be having too low sperm count too.



Sam Kramer is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, and Certified Sports Nutritionis

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