Effects of age on fertility and sexual function

Fertil Steril. 2017 Feb;107(2):301-304. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.12.018.


As paternal age increases in the developed world, more attention has been given to the effects of age on male reproductive and sexual function. Although the biologic potential for reproductive continues for most of a man's life, changes in sperm production do occur. In addition, erectile function changes with age, caused by the same factors that lead to other vascular disease.

Keywords: Infertility; erectile dysfunction; hypogonadism; semen analysis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Erectile Dysfunction / etiology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / physiopathology
  • Fertility*
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Male / etiology
  • Infertility, Male / pathology
  • Infertility, Male / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Paternal Age*
  • Penile Erection
  • Reproductive Health*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Spermatogenesis
  • Spermatozoa / pathology