Ibuprofen linked to male infertility in study

Popping ibuprofen could make your balls shrivel

Ibuprofen, also known as an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, has a negative impact on the testicles of young men, according to CNN.

Scientists warn that ibuprofen could be wrecking men's fertility by making their balls shrivel up.

The study looked at a small group of men - only 31 - ages 18-35 over six weeks.

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. In common terms, the man's testicles don't secrete enough testosterone and the ability to produce sperm is impaired.

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.

Researchers told CNN that, while these effects were reversible, they were unsure of whether there were long-term health effects associated with the prolonged use of ibuprofen.

To avoid these side-effects, doctors caution against taking Ibuprofen for more longer than ten days in a row, per the FDA's warning. Men were then divided - 14 in an ibuprofen group, 17 in a placebo group.




All 3 drugs are considered anti-androgenic, meaning they disrupt male hormones.

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In addition to limiting fertility, ibuprofen or NSAIDS, may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Several experts have reacted to the study findings.

As a fun added bonus, previous research has found a link between low testosterone levels and premature death.

Based on the results, researchers don't recommend taking ibuprofen for longer than the 10 days it says on the packet. So not only is the shrinking of your balls concerning on a personal level, it could also suggest you're going to die earlier.

If you are concerned about your levels of testosterone and your ibuprofen use, though, it's worth chatting to your GP so you can get checked out and find a way to deal with chronic aches and pains in a healthy way. "Taken together, these in vivo data suggest that ibuprofen induced a state of compensated hypogonadism during the trial..." the study states.

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