Five Live London discuss parenthood in later life.

Listen to Miss Mooney on Five Live discussing parenthood in later life. Men have a biological clock too.

Yesterday, Five Live London were discussing parenthood in later life. With new recent statistics revealing that more women than ever are becoming parents, over the age of 40, than ever before.

There were a large number of callers the Five Live show. Most were women discussing the pros and cons of later life parenting. I called the show to make the point that alongside women in their 40s having children, were the largely forgotten husbands and male partners, also in their 40s. I discussed with the shows presenter the fact that it is largely unknown that men also have a biological clock. The older fathers generally have sperm with more DNA damage than that of younger men. This results in an increase in infertility, increasing the time to conception, whilst also increasing the chances of miscarriage. 

I think this further highlights the need for older fathers to undergo quality assessments of their sperm. Not just semen analysis, which is only an assessment of quantity. DNA fragmentation testing allows men to understand the true quality of their sperm. With this knowledge better clinical pathways can be discussed with patients to give a greater chance of pregnancy and a healthy baby. 

Claire Mooney
Senior Embryologist 

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Are all sperm tests equal?

Semen analysis has long been the accepted routine test for assessing male fertility. However, in the wrong hands sperm tests have serious limitations. A semen analysis can offer a wealth of information about your fertility with sperm numbers, how your sperm swim and sperm shape. The latter being all important when assessing your fertility and the likelihood of conception.

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Meet the team: Erica

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Erica Foster

Erica leads our sperm testing service in London at the Whittington Hospital, Highgate London. She is both a senior embryologist at one of the most successful and largest private IVF clinics in London, and a specialist andrologist with over 9 years experience. She has helped countless people build their families. 

Erica holds a BSc in Molecular Genetics, an MSc in Human Reproduction and the ACE Certificate in Clinical Embryology. She has also set up a donor sperm bank offering a range of sperm donors to suit individual needs. We offer fertility tests for men on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the Whittington Hospital, Highgate London. 

Free sessions at the Natural Fertility Clinic

Fertility solutions is excited to announce that we will be offering free sessions with the Natural fertility clinic. They offer acupuncture, fertility and nutritional advice. The free sessions will be on a first come first served basis when booking a semen analysis at any of our 6 clinics. This includes our London, Slough, Maidenhead, Windsor and Tunbridge Wells male fertility testing clinics. 

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Don’t wait a year…

There are many reasons to get your fertility checked promptly. A semen analysis is a really good, one test indication, of a man’s fertility potential. It is quick, non invasive and when interpreted correctly, I would argue it is the most cost effective fertility test for couples that there is. If found to be abnormal, contrary to popular belief, there is a lot that can be done to reverse any problem. It is important to address any issues quickly, as sperm are continuously produced and quite sensitive to their environment.

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