Ibuprofen male infertility issue joins cardiac risk as painkiller concerns grow

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Bernard Jégou, co-author and director of the Institute of Research in Environmental and Occupational Health in France, and a team of French and Danish researchers, began by exploring the health effects of pregnant women taking any of the 3 most common OTC pain relievers: acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen. A growing number of studies shed light on concerning health issues that may arise from NSAIDs and ibuprofen in particular.

Ibuprofen may be causing infertility in young men, a new study suggests.

'Ibuprofen appears to be the preferred pharmaceutical analgesic for long-term chronic pain and arthritis. In the men receiving ibuprofen, levels of luteinizing hormone were up, and the ratio of testosterone to luteinizing hormone dropped.

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

Over that time, there were no significant changes in the testosterone levels found in the blood of the subjects. That works out to three ibuprofen tablets per day if you're taking a typical 200mg/tablet product.

However, researchers express worry that prolonged usage could lead to more permanent testosterone disruption, which could itself lead to serious health issues and the need for medical intervention.

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Before you go raid your medicine cabinet, Advil and Motrin are two brand names for ibuprofen.

This is a problem, as the function of LH is to stimulate the production of testosterone, and not to significantly surpass testosterone levels.

Previous research by European scientists showed that male babies whose mothers took ibuprofen experienced disturbances to their endocrine system, according to CNN. 17 men were given a daily dose of 1200mg if ibuprofen.

"The safety and efficacy of active ingredients in these products has been well documented and supported by decades of scientific study and real-world use", said Mike Tringale, a spokesman for the association, according to Fox News. Hypogonadism is associated with impaired fertility, depression, heart failure, and stroke. The effect was apparent at two weeks and became more pronounced after six weeks of ibuprofen use.

The disorder was mild and temporary in the clinical volunteers, researchers told The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. The condition, generally associated with elderly men and linked to reproductive and physical disorders, including infertility, results in the body having higher levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) than testosterone.

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