Science backs women who date younger men

New research supports the very frowned upon cougar phenomenon where older women date much younger men. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The study looked into 631 women aged between 40 and 46 and their partners whose age ranged between 25 and 70.

  • The women were then divided into two groups based on whether they were mothers or not.

  • The researchers noted that on average men aged 43 and above were not fathers regardless of the age of the woman.

New research supports the very frowned upon cougar phenomenon where older women date much younger men.

Study findings recommend that older women who are trying to conceive should seek younger men.

While previous studies have come up with no evidence of a male menopause, this groundbreaking study from the McGill University in Canada suggests that it is harder for women of advanced age to successfully conceive with men of a similar age. They may not hit the menopause like their female counterparts but they do have a biological clock.

When it comes to having babies, the age of the man is just as important as that of the woman.

The study looked into 631 women aged between 40 and 46 and their partners whose age ranged between 25 and 70.

The women were then divided into two groups based on whether they were mothers or not.

The researchers noted that on average men aged 43 and above were not fathers regardless of the age of the woman.

BILOLOGICAL CLOCK TICKS FOR MEN AND WOMEN

This goes to prove that the biological clock ticks for both men and women with fertility levels taking a plunge once an individual hits 40 years. For the man, it looks like this clock may stop at 43 years altogether.

The male sperm is constantly replicating and scientists now say that the mutations that come with age can also interfere with the reproductive abilities of sperms leading to the conclusion that a woman in her 40’s will have better chances of success at conception with a younger man. This process, they note, can be aggravated by poor lifestyle choices and environmental toxins.

Michael Dahan, the study author, observes that this could be a solution offered to women of advanced age who are struggling to conceive.

“We think in younger women, the eggs are such that they can fix any defects of the genetic material of the sperm.

But once a woman hits 40, that’s no longer true. The funny thing is that it actually gives a biological argument for the cougar phenomenon of an older woman choosing to be with a younger man,” Michael Dahan explains what he refers to as astounding findings.

The most surprising thing is that the average age of the men not getting their partners pregnant is much lower than it is imagined to be. These findings show that men are beginning to lose their fertility even in their early 40’s.

 

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