Taking ibuprofen for as little as two weeks may harm a man’s chance of becoming a father by hindering sperm production, a new study suggests.
Men who took 600mg every day – the equivalent of three over the counter pills – were found to have a condition called ‘compensated hypogonadism’ where testosterone levels fall to an worrying level, which may impact fertility.
Danish researchers studied men aged between 18 and 35 who had no fertility problems before the research.
But after just two weeks they were found to have a significant decrease in sex hormone levels, including an 18 per cent drop in free testosterone, which continued to decline as the studied progressed.
“Concern has been raised over declining male reproductive health in humans,” said lead author David Kristensen, of the University of Copenhagan, in the journal PNAS.
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