Study connects painkillers to weakened fertility

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The National Academy of Sciences has found that some painkillers can negatively impact male reproductive organs.

According to CNN, aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen can brought about a condition known as compensated hypogonadism in young men. This condition is linked to weakened fertility, depression and increased risk of stroke or heart failure.

Previous research demonstrated that the painkillers impacted the testicles of male babies when ingested by mothers during pregnancy, CNN reported.

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VOICEOVER (in English):

"According to a study by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, common pain medication negatively impacts male reproductive organs."

"CNN reports that the research looked at ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen (better known as paracetamol). These drugs disrupt male hormones."

"The study looked at 31 healthy Caucasian men between 18 and 35 and gave one group two 600 milligram ibuprofen doses per day, and the others dummy placebo pills."

"After a fortnight, men taking the painkiller had their luteinizing hormones hormones linked to testosterone and sperm production match the ibuprofen in their blood."

"They also simultaneously saw their rate of testosterone to luteinizing hormones diminish."

"This created a condition linked to weakened fertility, stroke and heart attacks known as compensated hypogonadism in the men affected."

"A researcher told CNN the impact on the men in the study is reversible but the impact of long-term use is unknown."

SOURCES: National Academy of Sciences, CNN