Martin Leon Barreto
MY FATHER was 50 when I was conceived. My mother, at 39, was called an elderly primigravida, a term used to describe a woman who becomes pregnant for the first time at 35 or older. There is no name for the male equivalent, though my father was delighted to call himself an “elderly primigravidad”.
Jokes aside, we are used to thinking of fertility and healthy pregnancy as predominantly the domain of women, who are warned all too frequently of the dangers of leaving it too late to start a family. This hasn’t been the case for men.
But it might be time for a reality check. In recent months, a number of studies have been building a picture of a looming male fertility crisis. Sperm counts are dropping, and it turns out that for men – far from having all the time in the world to become