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How much of an impact do you think that DH or DP's health matters when it comes to TTC? I'm concerned about two things:<br><br>
Do you think age matters that much?<br><br>
Also, what about prescription medications?<br><br><br>
My DH is 40; I'm 43 we've conceived two times since I turned 40 although I had one m/c. Recently, he's been placed on high cholesterol and high bp meds. The pharmacist told me these drugs wouldn't have an effect on his sperm health or count. I just don't know...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I mean I'm pretty healthy for 43 so that's probably what counts the most I guess, but who knows.<br><br>
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Well, FWIW my DH's father was in his mid 50's when DH was conceived. He had told his (second and much younger) wife that he was probably infertile due to being a dentist and being exposed to x-rays and such. Nope! Guess not!<br><br>
Probably doesn't answer your question but thought it was relevent.
 

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it does matter, fwiw, maybe more than many people think.<br><br>
in all my recent cancer research, it comes up again and again that men who smoke have a higher risk of children with deletions, mutations, and abnormalities on the Y-chromosome ... apparently it has to do with the idea that the testes are constantly generating spermatozoa, so there's a much higher chance of genetic damage than in women, who only make an ovum once every month or so.<br><br>
interesting, anyway.<br><br>
i would wager that optimum nutrition and health on the part of BOTH parents is ideal. occupational exposure to dangerous substances is likely important, too.<br><br>
i wouldn't actually worry too much about the bp/cholesterol meds, nor his age. i think things like smoking, diet, and mental health are way more important, honestly. the effects of stress and depression on sperm quality shouldn't be underestimated.
 

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Do I think age matters - well, depends what you mean. DH was 54 when we conceived our DD, and will be close to 56 if we conceive #2 soon, so as far conception goes, for men it's possible throughout life. I have read of men in their 70s fathering children, so I'm certain conception is possible. As for fathering a child in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, I suppose that's an entirely different subject.<br><br>
As for prescription medications - well, that's why we're TTC #2 right now. He will need to go on a new, very powerful medication, and we've both been advised by his Rheumatologist that I should become pregnant before he can start the medication, because the teratology of the new med is unknown, as no human studies have been done. My DH's Rheumatologist would say it definitely matters what medications he's taking. She recommended to me a website to look up information on various medications, Otispregnancy, I believe it was. You can probably google it.
 
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