Father’s age doesn’t affect IVF success, study finds

Increasing paternal age did not worsen pregnancy outcomes among couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a retrospective study reported by Nahid Punjani, M.D., M.P.H., of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

Compared with couples with younger paternal ages during IVF, those with advanced paternal ages (48 and older) did not experience lower live birth rates. Advanced paternal age was also not associated with reduced implantation rates or pregnancy rates, Punjani said during a virtual presentation at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting.

The researchers also found that couples with advanced paternal ages did not face higher rates of pregnancy loss. “We demonstrate that once adjusting for advanced maternal age, advancing paternal age has no impact on pregnancy or neonatal outcomes,” Punjani said.

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