The Biological Clock Ticks For All

June 6, 2006

Personally, I am done with having babies. I have my set, one girl, one boy, and I’m happy. The factory, although still working, is officially closed.

For years, the ongoing joke has been about the female biological clock ticking. Who can remember Marisa Tomei in “My Cousin Vinny” stomping one foot on the ground as she’s talking to Joe Pesci? Or how about Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally” crying how “she’s going to be 40!” and how Charlie Chaplin still was able to have kids in his 70’s?

Well, according to this study, the “joke” is now shifting towards men:

New research has found that as men age, the quality of their sperm deteriorates, making it more likely they will have trouble becoming fathers and increasing the possibility of having a child with dwarfism.

The study, led by Andrew Wyrobek of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Brenda Eskenazi of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, appears in this week’s online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

You know, I have this male friend. He’s in his early 50’s, incredibly good looking and a confirmed bachelor. Everytime I see him, I ask him the same question, “don’t you want to have kids?” He always answers me in the same way, “THERE’S PLENTY OF TIME FOR THAT!!” Well…I’m going to have to email him this article…