Ibuprofen is probably one of the most common painkillers out there. It seems to be used for many situations, but apparently it’s doing a lot more to r bodies than curing r headaches. A new research study has found that the drug is not as harmless we people previously thought.
In a study conducted at the University of Copenhagen, doctors wanted to see how continuous intake of ibuprofen would affect healthy men, and the results were surprising.
The participants were between 18 and 35 years old, and were given 600 mg of ibuprofen twice a day for six weeks. At the end of the experiment they tested the men to see how it affected their reproductive health and they found that it had a dramatic impact on their chances of having children.
The patients actually developed a condition known as hypogonadism, which normally only occurs in elderly men. It appeared in a mild form, but it was enough to affect their fertility, which means that there are other people in the world who may be experiencing the same thing.
“Our immediate concern is for the fertility of men who use these drugs for a long time,” said David Møbjerg Kristensen from the University of Copenhagen. “These compounds are good painkillers, but a certain amount of people in society use them without thinking of them as proper medicines.”