When taking medications, it's always good to know the possible side effects. So, to add to those countless side effects possibilities, a new study found that ibuprofen can negatively affect the testicles of young men.
After raising concerns regarding the decline in men's reproductive health. The study published in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that ibuprofen is linked to infertility in men. While taking ibuprofen in some commonly used doses, a small amount of young male participants developed depression of some important testicular functions, including testosterone production, which usually begins, if it does, in middle age adults.
This study shows the use of ibuprofen affect selective transcriptional repression of endocrine cells in the testicles. This then, "results in the elevation of the stimulatory pituitary hormones, resulting in a state of compensated hypogonadism," a condition that is linked with reproductive health disorders and infertility.
On a statement for CNN, Mike Tringale, a spokesman for The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, a trade group that represents some of the major manufacturers of over-the-counter medications, said that they "supports and encourages continued research and promotes ongoing consumer education to help ensure safe use of OTC medicines -- The safety and efficacy of active ingredients in these products has been well documented and supported by decades of scientific study and real-world use."
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