Drugs containing ibuprofen may adversely affect fertility in men

Popular over-the-counter painkillers available at any kiosk, which include ibuprofen, can have a negative impact on men’s reproductive health. This is the conclusion of a study by French and Danish researchers.

Already, studies conducted several years ago have shown that pregnant women’s use of the drug in the antib lowych, which re contain paracetamolum or ibuprofenum, negatively affects the testes of the boys in their wombs. So far, however, there has been no information on their effects on adult men.

To find out, French and Danish researchers conducted a study on 31 men between the ages of 18 and 35. Half of them received a daily dose of 600 milligrams In substance, equivalent to three pills of the drug. The other part of the subjects received a placebo at the same time.

After two ch weeks in men taking ibuprofen found an increase in lutropin – a hormone that ry regulates testosterone production – indicating that the drug impaired testicular function. Researchers noticed a defect in the reproductive system called hypogonadism in test subjects. The condition occurs when the body needs to increase testosterone levels because its normal production in the testicles has decreased.

Although the effect observed in the experiment was not permanent, the researchers warn against long-term use of ibuprofen by men, which ry m head could potentially contribute to more serious diseases b causing low testosterone production – which could ultimately harm their fertility.

– There is a danger that men with underactive gonads may eventually develop primary hypogonadism, which ry can ultimately lead to low testosterone levels, decreased libido, depression, reduced muscle mass and infertility – reads a paper published in the pages of „Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”.

At the same time, the researchers point out that the most worrisome effects are unlikely for most men. It should also be noted that a two-week treatment with antib lami without a prescription is not recommended. About men who ers who take these types of specifics occasionally, the study found nothing m i. Moreover, given the results obtained from such a small pr bki, further research is definitely needed.