Ibuprofen Linked To Reduced Fertility In Men

Ibuprofen Linked To Reduced Fertility In Men
Ibuprofen Linked To Reduced Fertility In Men
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10 January, 2018

However, for men, it could compromise their ability to procreate, a new study suggests. Epidemiological studies have shown that NSAID exposure was associated with reduced testosterone and congenital malformations; another study showed a drop in a testosterone metabolite among men who were taking ibuprofen regularly.

Ibuprofen belongs to a group of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, or NSAIDs.

The long-term use of ibuprofen, a widely used over-the-counter painkiller, carries the risk of repressing a testicular hormone and reducing libido and male fertility, scientists have said.

Men who dream of starting a family may want to pass on the ibuprofen the next time they have a headache.

When struggling to get pregnant, couples will immediately try to find the source of the issue, but a small new study has revealed that ibuprofen could be a potential sperm killer, and it's something all trying couples should read. This would lead to continuously low levels of testosterone, because the body could no longer compensate for the fall.

Common brands of ibuprofen include Advil and Motrin.

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Professor Allan Pacey from the University of Sheffield, cautions: "The results suggest that long-term use (several weeks) of ibuprofen can affect the production of the male hormone by the testicles".

14 of them were given daily doses of Ibuprofen, which professional and amateur athletes take.

Luteinizing hormones are secreted by the pituitary gland and stimulate the testicles to produce testosterone. The remaining 17 volunteers were given a placebo.

Bernard Jégou, a senior author on the study at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, said he saw no problem in people taking ibuprofen to alleviate pain in the short term - for toothache, for example - but warned against taking the drug for months on end if it was not strictly necessary. "Ibuprofen is a very useful drug for acute pain conditions, its benefits have been well proven, but it is important to consider that hypogonadism may be an additional risk factor that people need to watch for when taking the drug for a long time", he said.

HollywoodLifers, did you know the negative effects of ibuprofen?

Compensated hypogonadism is typically found in elderly men and has been associated with reproductive and physical disorders, according to the researchers. This condition, CNN explains, can lead not only to fertility issues - it can also be linked to depression, fatigue, and possibly even a higher risk of heart problems.


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