Too much Ibuprofen linked to male infertility

People using ibuprofen for long term pain relief could suffer muscle loss lower libido and depression according to a new study

Ibuprofen is a very common over-the-counter pain reliever that we've probably all taken at some point.

Prior research from the study's lead author also found that boys born to mothers who took ibuprofen during their first trimester of pregnancy may have impaired testicular development, adding weight to the idea that, at least in some scenarios, the drug may have a negative effect on fertility. The condition is most commonly seen in smokers and the elderly, but the new research suggests it can affect young men, too.

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.

The other 17 men in the study took a placebo.

Researchers published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, noting that consumption of ibuprofen resulted in "compensated hypogonadism", a condition in which men have normal levels of testosterone but higher levels of the luteinizing hormone, which stimulates the production of testosterone, The International Study for Sexual Medicine said. This is because the pituitary gland at the base of the brain had ramped up levels of another hormone that drives the production of extra testosterone. The ratio of these hormones to testosterone dropped, causing compensated hypogonadism.

While it is certain that the hormonal effects in the study participants who used ibuprofen for only a short time are reversible, as CBS reported, it's unknown whether this is also true after long-term ibuprofen use, study co-author Bernard Jegou, director of the Institute of Research in Environmental and Occupational Health in France, told CNN. However, it's uncertain if the effects produced by long-term usage at these doses could be reversed. But, don't worry, if you just want to boring the pain of a minor ankle sprain for a week or two, Jégou says, "it is sure that these effects are reversible".

According to Erma Z. Drobnis, an associate professional practice professor of reproductive medicine and fertility at the University of Missouri, Columbia, there is evidence that other drugs like opioids and antidepressants can cause male infertility.

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