Ibuprofen Can Make You Sterile, Apparently


For men having a headache, here’s something you need to know before popping that Ibuprofen.

Turns out, the prolonged intake of Ibuprofen may cause infertility in men, among other things.

According to a Business Insider report, the journal of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America or PNAS, published a study that says men who pops the pill for months have an increased risk of infertility.

So here’s the down low, according to the study, men who took the over-the-counter 600mg analgesic for six weeks, twice a day, had disrupted production of male sex hormones, which the study called as “compensated hypogonadism.”

Compensated hypogonadism usually affects older men and smokers, which are a result of the body boosting testosterone levels as he normal production in the balls are insufficient.

So why is this happening? It’s because the pituitary gland jacked up its testosterone production, which can lead to fertility issues…as well as erectile dysfunction.

According to Daily Mail, the participants developed compensated hypogonadism in just about two weeks during the course of the study. Fortunately, the effects are just mild and the men returned to normal after they stopped taking the medication.

However, given the drastic effects of it in just six weeks, it’s interesting to note how it will affect men long term, especially those who regularly pop an Advil or two when headache strikes, while being old and a smoker.

Imagine a 40-year-old dude, who regularly smokes and has chronic migraine so he has to take this medication often.

But could it become permanent? Although the study has yet to provide concrete answers, Dr. David Mobjer Kristensen, the study’s lead author, said, “If you go on and stress the pituitary gland over the long term, this state could become permanent and you develop a more serious condition.”

So the next time you feel a bit of headache, better use paracetamol.

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