Men who take ibuprofen are at risk for fertility problems, study says

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

Fourteen of the men took two 600-milligram doses of ibuprofen per day for six weeks - an amount consistent with what many athletes take to manage aches and pains - while the remaining 17 took placebo pills. Although it is massively taken by people from all over the world it can cause stomach bleedings, ulcers and it increases the risk of having a stroke or heart attack.

Common brands of ibuprofen include Advil and Motrin.

The study, which took place in Denmark and France, involved 31 men under the age of 35. Samples were taken before and after the trial for comparison.

A study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that regular ibuprofen use may lead to compensated hypogonadism, a condition that can lead to infertility, erectile dysfunction, depression and loss of bone and muscle mass, among other symptoms. This is more common in older men than younger ones.

The condition, known as testosterone deficiency, is a failure of the testes to produce the male sex hormone testosterone, sperm or both.

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Several experts have reacted to the study findings.

Ibuprofen has been linked to fertility problems in men. According to a recent study, however, regular consumption of the drug could lead to several side-effects, including male sterility. While the testosterone levels in the men taking ibuprofen had not changed, researchers found their pituitary glands were boosting testosterone production anyway, inducing the compensated hypogonadism.

However, for men, it could compromise their ability to procreate, a new study suggests.

"However, this is now speculative". If you're pregnant, taking blood thinners, or suffering from a serious medical condition, check with your doctor first before using.

Jegou agreed that more study is needed to answer a number of questions, including how low doses of ibuprofen affect male hormones and whether long-term effects are reversible, CNN reported. No direct effect on fertility was shown, but the results of this initial study suggest that it warrants further investigation. The bad news is the ibuprofen is one of a large class of related drugs that includes aspirin, and the likelihood that other drugs will have similar effects is high.

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