Ibuprofen may temporarily reduce male fertility

The study found that taking ibuprofen for extended periods could have an impact on male fertility

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A popular pain medication often popped by men who suffer minors aches and pains related to sports may be linked to infertility, according to a new study.

To compensate, the pituitary gland stimulates production of more testosterone - but eventually, the mechanism wears out and levels of the hormone drop throughout the body.

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.

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

The findings by French and Danish researchers followed a six-week clinical study involving 31 men between the ages of 18 and 35.

The research, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, showed that the men who took the high doses of ibuprofen developed the disorder known as compensated hypogonadism. "The decrease in the free testosterone/LH ratio resulted primarily from the increased LH levels, revealing that testicular responsiveness to gonadotropins likely declined during the ibuprofen exposure", the authors write. "Taken together, these in vivo data suggest that ibuprofen induced a state of compensated hypogonadism during the trial..." the study states. "However, it's unknown whether the health effects of long-term ibuprofen use are reversible". The ibuprofen-poppers were instructed to take the recommended daily dosage limit of 1,200 mg day.

They found that all three drugs are "anti-androgenic", meaning that they can disrupt male hormones, as David M. Kristensen, study co-author and a senior scientist in the Department of Neurology at Copenhagen University Hospital told CNN. Jegou, however, warned against taking the drug for months beyond what it necessary. "The risk is greater than the benefit". 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. Research released in February 2017 also found that it could increase the risk of heart attacks.

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