Painkillers are easily accessible and it’s easy to pop
a pill or two for aches and pains.
But a new study shows that men who take too much
ibuprofen are increasing their risk of infertility.
While the anti-inflammatory drug reduces pain, Danish
scientists warn that ibuprofen could be ruining men’s chances of being fertile
because the medication makes their testicles shrink.
According to Net
Doctor, a small study among men aged from 18 to 35 years old
showed that taking the painkiller increased the risk of compensated
hypogonadism – a hormone imbalance whereby men have higher levels of
luteinizing hormone (LH) than testosterone. Less testosterone means less
“Through a clinical trial with young men exposed to
ibuprofen, we show that the analgesic resulted in the clinical condition named
‘compensated hypogonadism’,” says the University of Copenhagen’s Dr David Kristensen.
Scientists split the participants into two groups. One
group of 14 of received 600mg of ibuprofen twice a day two weeks before and 30
days after an exercise session, Metro
News reports. The other group was given a placebo.
The study of altogether 31 male volunteers showed that
the administration of ibuprofen reduced production of testosterone by nearly a
quarter in about six weeks, which resulted in compensated hypogonadism.
Researchers have also discovered that excessive use of
the over-the-counter medication can also lead to erectile dysfunction, muscle
loss and depression – which diminishes sex drive.
Excessive long-term use could potentially lead to
full-blown hypogonadism, which will completely diminish the functionality of
the testicles, the Daily
Previous research has found a link between low
testosterone levels and premature death from especially
Sources: metro.co.uk, netdoctor.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk