Infants born to older fathers were found to be at a higher risk of premature birth, low birth weight, higher incidence of newborn seizures, late stillbirth and birth defects such as congenital heart disease and cleft palate.
Thanks to technology, the process of pregnancy and childbirth has undergone a revolution, which aids men and women in fulfilling their desire of having an offspring. This, however, comes with a price, in terms of posing a risk to the mother and the child's health. So, even though a lot of people may opt for late childbirth, it entails the danger of complicated pregnancy, according to experts.
Major international guidelines (ASCO, ASRM) on fertility preservation in cancer patients recommend that clinicians/oncologists should discuss with their patients the potential impact of anti-cancer treatment on fertility as early as possible, ideally before initiation of therapy.