A new study has suggested Ibuprofen could be detrimental to male fertility
Researchers have said the over-the-counter painkiller was found to have an affect on the production of testosterone if used for a prolonged period of time.
The study, which was lead by Dr David Mobjerg Kristensen of the University of Copenhagen, was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal.
The painkiller was studied in a six-week clinical trial in men aged between 18 and 35.
“Our trial showed that Ibuprofen use in men led to a decrease in testosterone levels.”
The researchers found that long term use of Ibruprofen for conditions such as arthritis and chronic pain, meant that men could be susceptible to compensatory and primary hypogonadism, a condition which over times can characterise low testosterone and reduce libido.
Professor Allan Pacey, professor of andrology at the University of Sheffield, told The Independent: “The results suggest that long-term use (several weeks) of ibuprofen can affect the production of the male hormone by the testicles.
“The authors speculate that this could have health implications for such men, given the known links between the disruption of such hormones and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and infertility.
“However, this is currently speculative. “So, for the time being, I would urge men who need to take Ibuprofen to continue to do so.”