Management and counseling of the male with advanced paternal age

Advanced paternal age is increasing in incidence. The literature on advanced paternal aging is lacking compared the maternal counterpart. No detailed practice guidelines exist to aid providers in managing or counseling patients of advanced paternal age.

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Volume 107, Issue 2, Pages 324–328


Michael O. Jennings, M.D., Ryan C. Owen, M.D., David Keefe, M.D., Edward D. Kim, M.D.


Increasing percentages of children are being born to older fathers. This has resulted in concerns about the potential adverse effects of advanced paternal age. To help clinicians counsel couples, a systemic review was performed to attempt to address questions that these couples may ask: Should routine sperm testing be performed in older males? Should preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) be performed? How do providers counsel patients about risk? Should young males freeze sperm if they plan to delay paternity? Using the terms “advanced paternal age”, “semen testing”, “preimplantation genetic diagnosis/screening”, and “cryopreservation”, a comprehensive search was performed in PubMed and the Cochrane Library, and numerous international societal guidelines were reviewed. In total, 42 articles or guidelines were reviewed. There were no limits placed on the timing of the articles. Thirty articles were found to be relevant and beneficial to answering the above questions. Each question was answered separately by the supporting literature. While primary research exists to support the role of semen testing, PGD/preimplantation genetic screening, and sperm banking in males who may be affected by advancing age, comprehensive studies on the possible clinical benefit of these interventions have yet to be performed. As a result, societal guidelines have yet to incorporate distinct best-practice guidelines on advanced paternal age.

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