Like Marisa Tomei’s portrayal of Mona Lisa Vito in the comedy “My Cousin Vinny”, the usual stereotype for a person worried about their future fertility is a panicked woman. But in the recent issue of Cigar Aficionado, Matthew McConaughey talks about worrying about his own biological clock!
The star appears on the cover of the magazine and in an interview says “….the clock was ticking — I was about to be 40 and my plan was to be married and have kids by that age.” But McConaughey goes on to assure that he didn’t let the anxiety of wanting a family get to him. “With too much anxiety, you can’t find a mate. And then you make a hasty decision,” he says. Eventually the Oscar winner met and married the love of his life, wife Camila Alves, and the two have three children together.
This story highlights the fact that men are invested in their ability to become a parent. Though much focus is targeted on a woman’s decline in fertility as she ages, the same is true for men.
Do men have a biological clock?
In short, the answer is yes; as men age, they experience a gradual decline in their fertility. They also are more likely to have children with health problems,” says Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News’ chief medical correspondent. Watch the video here.
How common is male infertility?
Male factors alone are the cause of infertility in 20%– 30% of couples and contribute to infertility in another 20%–30% of couples. Overall, about one half of infertile couples have male factor causes.
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