Taking ibruprofen could negatively affect your sex life, a new study reveals.
Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory that's commonly used to treat fevers and pain.
Richard Quinton, MD, from Newcastle University in England and the Society for Endocrinology, says: "This is a landmark study that elegantly combines clinical and basic research, at both tissue and cellular levels, to show that ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter painkiller, can reversibly hinder testosterone production by testicular cells".
Scientists warn that ibuprofen could be wrecking men's fertility by making their balls shrivel up.
They tracked how ibruprofen affected them, noting that the painkiller can affect your body's hormone levels.
For now you don't need to worry unless you're a daily user of ibuprofen, and even then, more research will be needed before everyone's shouting about the dangers of painkillers.
But the amount and frequency of ibuprofen use in the study is fairly atypical-the maximum recommended dosage of 1,200 milligrams per day every day for two weeks. Research released in February 2017 also found that it could increase the risk of heart attacks.
Those in the ibuprofen group were given two doses of ibuprofen a day.
Clinically, this condition is called "compensated hypogonadism"-"hypogonadism" because the body probably isn't producing testosterone at the appropriate rate, and "compensated" because other hormones have kicked in and gotten testosterone levels to increase. This repression results in the elevation of the stimulatory pituitary hormones, resulting in a state of compensated hypogonadism, a disorder associated with adverse reproductive and physical health disorders.
Fortunately, the condition went away in the volunteers when they stopped taking the medication.
Jégou and a team of French and Danish researchers had been examining the health effects any one of three mild pain relievers on pregnant women: aspirin, acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol and sold under the brand name Tylenol) and ibuprofen.
"Long-term use of ibuprofen has other negative effects on overall health so people should only be taking it over a period of weeks, months or years if a doctor has prescribed it".