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Ibuprofen May Affect Men's Sexual Health, Study Finds

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Now, before you panic, there's no suggestion yet that occasionally relying on an ibuprofen will make your balls shrivel up and die.

The study provides the first evidence that long-term ibuprofen use may lead to health issues among men, and the first time that ibuprofen was shown to affect testicular health in adults.

'Ibuprofen appears to be the preferred pharmaceutical analgesic for long-term chronic pain and arthritis.

When the researchers measured the testosterone/luteinizing hormone (LH) ratio in the participants, they found that the ibuprofen group experienced an 18 percent ratio decrease after 14 days.

However, researchers express worry that prolonged usage could lead to more permanent testosterone disruption, which could itself lead to serious health issues and the need for medical intervention. And now, new research shows that it can cause infertility, erectile dysfunction, muscle atrophy and fatigue in men.

However, despite the change in LH levels, the men's testosterone levels didn't change.

Ibuprofen subjects were given 600 mg twice a day, or the equivalent of three pills.

In addition to limiting fertility, ibuprofen or NSAIDS, may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

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Compensated hypogonadism is typically found in elderly men and has been associated with reproductive and physical disorders, according to the researchers.

The disorder normally occurs when the testes do not produce enough testosterone, so the body boosts production levels of the hormone.

Before you go raid your medicine cabinet, Advil and Motrin are two brand names for ibuprofen.

Previous research by the team, which focused on pregnant women, had found that the use of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen during pregnancy affected the testicles of male babies.

But long-distance runners and athletes who regularly take ibuprofen during training or sports matches in order to ward off inflammation may want to keep an eye on the research. The other half took a dummy (placebo) tablet.

According to a new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), men who take ibuprofen for months at a time could also be putting their fertility at risk.

"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", he added. The effect was apparent at two weeks and became more pronounced after six weeks of ibuprofen use.

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