Male fertility is dropping around the world and the researchers wanted to see if ibuprofen might be contributing to this. Health professionals may recommend longer-term use.
A new study has found that men who take about 1200 milligrams of Ibuprofen a day experience hormonal imbalances that are associated with infertility.
Common brands of ibuprofen include Advil and Motrin.
The studied was performed with the help of 31 volunteers (males) with ages between 18 and 35. In the group, the men who took 600 mg of Ibuprofen (the equivalent of three tablets) twice a day developed a condition called compensated hypogonadism. Samples were taken before and after the trial for comparison.
This led, they said, to compensated hypogonadism, a condition linked to reproductive and other health problems normally found in elderly men.
A study of nearly 1,000 men tracked for seven years found nearly twice as many with testosterone deficiency - or hypogonadism - died as did those with normal levels. Testosterone production, however, did not increase concurrently, resulting in a lower ratio of testosterone to luteinizing hormone - a sign of hypogonadism, according to the paper.
Several experts have reacted to the study findings.
According to scientists, these men may also experience erectile dysfunction, fatigue, and muscle wastage, as prolonged ibuprofen usage disrupted testosterone hormones.
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