Fifty Year Old fathers

Fifty Year Old fathers

If you are a 50 year old father; you have already beaten the odds.

A man’s sperm count naturally decreases with age and the sperm are eventually no longer able to reach the egg. Research shows that one in six older men who try to conceive have trouble getting their partner pregnant.

If they do get their partner pregnant, there are sometimes complications that arise because of the sperm not being able to fertilize the egg properly. This can cause anything from miscarriage to dwarfism to autism and even genetic mental problems, but the risk isn’t all that significant compared to younger fathers.

These complications do occur from time to time, but they are not the rule and they are not strictly confined to men over 50. The healthier your lifestyle, the more likely you are to have a healthy baby after 50.

If you are fortunate enough to have a healthy baby with your partner past the age of 50, there is a whole new realm of things you need to consider. The first being the age gap. The farther the age gap between you and your child, the more difficult it may be to relate to them.

Your health is a major factor as well. If you are not in good physical condition, you will not age well. If you do not age well, you will not be able to be active with your child in a significant way. As your child matures, you will get older and less able to do things with them that younger dads are able to do.

One advantage that older dads have over younger dads is that they are more likely to be financially stable. Many younger dads are faced with the prospect of building on their own career while their child is advancing their education.

Dads who are over 50 generally already have a career that 50 Year Old fathersthey have built for years. They are more likely to be able to get their child a good education.

On the other hand; the older you are, the more the expenses of having a child are going to affect your retirement.

Your current financial situation is something you should definitely consider before having a child late in life.

While there is an increased risk of complications when a man attempts to become a new father at 50; it should not be a deal breaker. Many of the complications that arise with fathers over 50 often occur with many younger dads as well.

The simple fact is; less men over 50 are having kids so the statistics sound much worse than they are. Studies have shown that the risk of mutation is higher when its a 50 year old father, but the odds of it being significant are rather low.

Being a father is a major life event no matter how old you are. As long as you have love and the need to stay healthy for your child, you are well on your way to becoming an amazing older father.

7 comments

  • karmaskeeper

    I see nothing wrong with being a father at fifty. Men are living longer, and healthier lives. Back 30 years ago or more it would have been taboo. Men didn’t live as long then, and probably wasn’t nearly as fit not to mention healthy as they are now.

  • MariaGalla

    My husband and I were both over 50 when our daughter was conceived. I didn’t think I was able to get pregnant anymore, so it was a bit of a surprise. We are now in our 60’s and our daughter soon turning 20, and unfortunately we were not one of the lucky ones. Our daughter is mildly autistic with an array of mental health issues. It was not something we knew at the time, and is something we wish we had known. Despite the complications, we love our daughter and she is doing fairy well. My husband is still healthy and gets along well with her. I don’t think that any of the issues that have occured made having her not worth it. If you’re over 50 and still want to have a child, I wouldn’t discourage it at all. Having our daughter was one of the best events to happen in our lives.

    • MariaGalla

      Apparently my math has been getting increasingly worse, because we were both in our 40’s, not 50’s, when our daughter was conceived. If we had been 50 our daughter would only be 10. I feel extremely silly for making such a terrible mistake.
      My point still stands, though, that even if there are risks you take in having a child later in life, the benefits outweigh the risks. Even a younger parent has risks with having a child, but that shouldn’t stop you, in my opinion. :)

  • CrowdedHighways

    Having a child at 50+ probably means an increased risk of various illnesses, but it also likely means that the parents will be wiser/more experienced. Does the benefit of the latter outweigh the possible negative effects of the former? Have there been any studies done on whether children of parents who are 50+ are healthier, more successful etc.?

  • 55andAmbitious

    Reading through this interesting article, I laughed at the ages of the Patriarchs. Abraham was 99 when Sarah 90 fell pregnant. I think, the fertility studies need to take into consideration the ethnicity of their participants in their research programs.

    My husband was 50 when I conceived with my 7th child. I guess, it’s just the low energy levels that affect fathers in their 50s. to get more and be full-on with their involvement with their growing young children. It’s the opposite with mothers, I think, to balance the discrepancies; children energize us (mothers)!! :-)

  • GemmaRowlands

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with being a father at 50, just so long as you are fit and healthy, and able to look after a child. I think it would be a little bit selfish if you knew you were in poor health and wouldn’t be able to provide the child with the care it needed, but as long as you know you’re able to look after the child, love him/her, and provide them with a high quality life, then I think it is absolutely up to you when you choose to have children.

  • Deeishere111

    I had my last child at 38 years old. It was a bit hard on me as I got older because I didn’t have the energy like I did with my first two. If I could change things, I would have had her earlier in life. On the other hand, my father-in-law remarried and he had a child in his 60’s. He seems to be doing well in raising a child at his age. He lives a pretty healthy life and keeps fit so I’m sure that is a major factor.

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