If one bioethicist in the UK Has his way, the answer will be ‘yes’. Bioethicist Dr.Kevin Smith, from Abertay University in Dundee, would like to see men freezing their sperm around the age of 18 for use later on in life when the desire for fatherhood arises. Dr. Smith would also like to see this become the normal way to procreate.
Research has shown that men in UK are becoming fathers later on in life, with the average age going up from 31 to 33 over the past few years. Reuters said that as men age, so does their sperm and the possibility for disorders to passed along through the older sperm. Older men are more likely to produce a child that has some type of disorder, such as autism or schizophrenia.
Young men with young sperm are less likely to father a child that has a disorder. So in theory, freezing sperm at age 18 would increase the chances of having a healthy child regardless of the age the man was at the time the baby was born.
Young people are encouraged to work while they’re young and put off becoming parents until they are older and established in their careers. With each passing year, the risk for passing on diseases or disorders through aging sperm increases. Dr. Smith is promoting the notion of freezing sperm buy age 18 as a way of protecting the next generation from avoidable health problems.