Ibuprofen Was Just Linked to Male Infertility

Ibuprofen Was Just Linked to Male Infertility

Ibuprofen Was Just Linked to Male Infertility

The decreased ratio of testosterone to LH created a hormonal imbalance called "compensated hypogonadism" in the endocrine system, which regulates and controls hormones.

Participants were split into two groups, with 14 receiving 600mg of ibuprofen twice a day two weeks before and 30 days after an exercise session, and the other acting as a control.

Researchers recruited 31 healthy young men (18 to 35 years old) to take part in the study.

The authors concluded that "we report a univocal depression of important aspects of testicular function, including testosterone production, after use of over-the-counter ibuprofen".

While the study sample was a relatively small one, the researchers noted that its findings have been independently confirmed from isolated cells, and earlier studies had suggested potential issues with men's sexual health and the drug. Research released in February 2017 also found that it could increase the risk of heart attacks. The 17 other volunteers were given a placebo pill.

Those who took the ibuprofen were more likely to have indications of testicular problems - including a condition called compensated hypogonadism that affects reproductive health - meaning men are less likely to be able to father a child. According to a recent study, however, regular consumption of the drug could lead to several side-effects, including male sterility.

Before now, he says, "most warnings regarding this family of painkillers have focused on limiting long-term use in the elderly to prevent gastrointestinal, renal and cardiac adverse effects". Otherwise, occasional use at the recommended dosage to treat aches and pains is safe and recommended.

In addition to producing sperm, the testicles secrete testosterone, the primary male sex hormone.

"However, this is now speculative".

Now, before you panic, there's no suggestion yet that occasionally relying on an ibuprofen will make your balls shrivel up and die. It is worth noting that the study is actually a continuation of research looking into the effects of pain relievers on pregnant women. In both cases, ibuprofen had a direct effect on the testicles.

William Colledge, professor of reproductive physiology at the University of Cambridge, who was not involved in the research, said: "It's a fascinating study that suggests that men should be cautious about using high doses of ibuprofen for extended periods".

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