Ibuprofen linked to male infertility

10 January, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Homer Porter
  • Ibuprofen linked to male infertility

However, in recent years, ibuprofen in particular has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, meaning we should be more cautious when taking anti-inflammatory drugs.

Compensated hypogonadism can lead to fertility issues, muscle wastage, and erectile dysfunction.

Researchers found that taking six tablets of the painkiller each day can make your balls shrivel up, reducing fertility levels.

Thankfully, the 31 volunteers recovered after they stopped taking the pills.

The researchers determined that young men given ibuprofen developed compensated hypogonadism, a condition that occurs when males have normal levels of testosterone, but higher levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), a substance that stimulates the production of testosterone.

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"We normally see this condition in elderly men, so it raises an alarm", study author Bernard Jégou, of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, told the Guardian. "This repression results in the elevation of the stimulatory pituitary hormones, resulting in a state of compensated hypogonadism, a disorder associated with adverse reproductive and physical health disorders". In common terms, the man's testicles don't secrete enough testosterone and the ability to produce sperm is impaired. According to a recent study, however, regular consumption of the drug could lead to several side-effects, including male sterility. "Ibuprofen puts a severe damper on testosterone production, so the brain has to kick in", said David Møbjerg Kristensen, a senior researcher at the Copenhagen's main hospital, Rigshospitalet. "This study should give pause for thought to sportsmen using them routinely for exercise-induced aches and pains".

"Our immediate concern is for the fertility of men who use these drugs for a long time".

However, for men, it could compromise their ability to procreate, a new study suggests. "However, it is recommended that if men (or women) need to take it for more than 3 days consecutively then they should first consult their family doctor".

Jegou agreed that more study is needed to answer a number of questions, including how low doses of ibuprofen affect male hormones and whether long-term effects are reversible, CNN reported.

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