Study suggests link between ibuprofen, male infertility

Study suggests link between ibuprofen, male infertility

Study suggests link between ibuprofen, male infertility

Despite the results, a lecturer says casual use of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) by men should be just fine.

Scientists warn that ibuprofen could be wrecking men's fertility by making their balls shrivel up.

The study involved 31 men, ages 18 to 35.

Levels of luteinising hormone, which stimulates the testosterone production increased in the study participants but overall testosterone dropped. "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.

The study is a continuation of previous research on pregnant women linking mild ibuprofen exposure in fetuses to an increased risk of inherited medical conditions, testosterone blockages, and physiological effects on the testicles of male babies.

Next, the researchers tested the direct effect of ibuprofen on testicles, using samples that had been taken from organ donors.

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The authors of the study point to the wide range of endocrine disorders that may result from fluctuations in or impairment of the pituitary-gonadal axis such as infertility, depression, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. The treatment group received 2 doses of ibuprofen 600mg daily for 2 weeks before and 30 days after a single exercise season. That number rose to a 23 percent decrease after 44 days.

Several experts have reacted to the study findings.

HollywoodLifers, did you know the negative effects of ibuprofen? Long term, it can lead to a more serious condition called overt primary hypogonadism, which is characterized by low testosterone and libido, depressed mood and reduced muscle mass and strength.

According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, prolonged and heavy use of the drug "alters human testicular physiology to produce a state of compensated hypogonadism". This amount was used to represent the dose taken by athletes to manage pain.

Though the exact reasons for the decline are not yet known; in a recent study, researchers have linked male infertility to Ibuprofen - a common painkiller.

If you are concerned about your levels of testosterone and your ibuprofen use, though, it's worth chatting to your GP so you can get checked out and find a way to deal with chronic aches and pains in a healthy way.

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