Maternity: can I have a baby at the age of 40?

Nahim Qasim, BBC News Arabic

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“Men’s fertility declines just like women’s, but more slowly and later than women’s.”

My aunt gave birth at 45, my friend gave birth at 47, my neighbor at 43, these phrases spread among women in the Arab region.

Nevertheless, these statements are inseparable from warnings to women to postpone pregnancy “because they will not be able to bear children after a certain age, but men can have children at any age.”

What is the scientific accuracy of this warning?

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