Ibuprofen falls into the category of drugs called NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). It is sold under the brand names of Advil and Motrin and it is used for treating minor pains and reducing fever.
According to the National Health Institute, people who consume NSAIDs have an increased risk of stroke or heart attack than others who don’t. Moreover, this medicament can cause ulcers, stomach bleeding and intestine for some individuals.
What’s even more dangerous is that according to a brand-new study, ibuprofen damages the testicles of young men that leads to reduced fertility in middle age.
This study is a continuation of a previous research of pregnant women conducted by a Danish and French team of researchers. They have been observing the health effects when moms-to-be were taking 3 different types of pain relievers during their pregnancy: acetaminophen (paracetamol sold under the name Tylenol), aspirin, and ibuprofen.
They found that when women took these drugs during pregnancy, it affected their male babies’ testicles.
Testicles produce the primary male sex hormone, testosterone. And all these 2 drugs previously mentioned are “anti-androgenic,” meaning they disrupt the process of secreting male hormones, explains David M. Kristensen, the study co-author.
Bearing in mind this fact, they asked themselves what these drugs would do to an adult. So, they focused their research on ibuprofen, being the strongest one.
The team of researchers recruited 31 males between the age of 18 and 35. A daily dose of ibuprofen was given to 14 of them (600 milligrams twice a day). And the remaining 17 participants were given a placebo drug.
After 2 weeks, the luteinizing hormones (responsible for stimulating the testicles to produce testosterone) of the men who regularly took ibuprofen became in tune with the level of ibuprofen they had circulating in their blood. But, at the same time, their testosterone levels decreased.
This hormonal imbalance caused a condition known as compensated hypogonadism which is connected with an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases, depression, and impaired fertility.
“We wanted to understand what happened after exposure (to ibuprofen) going from the global human physiology over to the specific organ (the testis) down to the endocrine cells producing testosterone,” Kristensen said.
So, you should be aware that every medication comes with a price. Make sure that your children don’t pay for that price.