Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

This common painkiller could RUIN your sex life, warn scientists

This common painkiller could RUIN your sex life, warn scientists

In March a year ago, Danish research showed that taking it increased the chances of a cardiac arrest by 31 percent.

HollywoodLifers, did you know the negative effects of ibuprofen?

Researchers found that young men who took ibuprofen in doses commonly used by athletes developed a hormonal condition linked to reduced fertility. The volunteers were separated into two groups, 14 subjects receiving a 44-day ibuprofen treatment (600 mg, twice a day) and the other 17 participants being offered a placebo.

Clinically, this condition is called "compensated hypogonadism"-"hypogonadism" because the body probably isn't producing testosterone at the appropriate rate, and "compensated" because other hormones have kicked in and gotten testosterone levels to increase. No doubt, more research will be conducted to make a more solid conclusion with regards to the effects of the common drug and what people should do about it. Of course, there is a bright side to this new finding, and that is to limit your intake of ibuprofen.

In addition to producing sperm, the testicles secrete testosterone, the primary male sex hormone.

Professor Allan Pacey from the University of Sheffield, cautions: "The results suggest that long-term use (several weeks) of ibuprofen can affect the production of the male hormone by the testicles". A study of 31 men found that continued use of high dosages affected luteinizing hormone and the production of testosterone.

Men who don't need to take ibuprofen at high doses and for long periods may want to reconsider doing so researchers in Europe say
Men who don't need to take ibuprofen at high doses and for long periods may want to reconsider doing so researchers in Europe say

Tots were up to 16 times more likely to have undescended testicles if their mum took more than one dose of aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen when expecting.

However, in recent years, ibuprofen in particular has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, meaning we should be more cautious when taking anti-inflammatory drugs.

"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", he added.

"We normally see this condition in elderly men, so it raises an alarm", Bernard Jégou, a senior author on the study at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, told The Guardian.

This is not the first time that ibuprofen has been shown to impact male reproductive health. It is worth noting that the study is actually a continuation of research looking into the effects of pain relievers on pregnant women. Physicians advise taking this medicine with caution, no longer than 10 days in a row.

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