Share shares Experts believe the condition is a pre-cursor to full-blown hypogonadism, which can impair a man's ability to produce sperm. The findings come amid male infertility concerns, particularly in western countries, where sperm counts have plummeted by 52 percent over the last 40 years. The research team warned: Danish scientists discovered the men, aged between 18 and 35, developed a sexual hormone dysfunction condition called compensated hypogonadism Adult men with the lower levels of testosterone associated with hypogonadism struggle with infertility and erectile function.
They may even see physical changes like decreases in body hair and muscle mass and development of breast tissue. Hormone and testosterone production returned to normal for the study members who had only a temporary, 'compensatory' form of hypogonadism. However, the authors, writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science journal, expressed concern the condition could become longer-lasting.
Dr Richard Quinton, a senior lecturer in endocrinology at Newcastle University, expressed concerns over the findings. Taking ibuprofen or other common painkillers for only a week increases the risk of a heart attack, research suggested in May. Data from nearly , patients has linked five forms of painkillers — ibuprofen, celecoxib, diclofenac, naproxen, and rofecoxib — to heart problems. People who take strong doses of the drugs — called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs — are the most at risk, the Canadian researchers found.
And the risk starts to rise after only a week of starting the painkillers, the University of Montreal researchers discovered. In relative terms, the risk of a heart attack rose by between a fifth and a half compared to not taking any painkillers, the team calculated. Dr Allan Pacey, of the University of Sheffield, said the effects of over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen has been of increasing interest in recent years.
Most of the research has been the effect on the developing male foetus if the pregnant mother takes the drug. So, for the time being, I would urge men who need to take ibuprofen to continue to do so.
Mothers taking paracetamol during pregnancy could unwittingly be damaging the reproductive systems of their baby girls. Scientists found earlier this week that human ovaries exposed to paracetamol for a week in laboratories lost up to 40 per cent of their egg cells.
If this effect occurs in the womb, it could mean baby girls exposed to the common drug end up being born with fewer eggs. This would give them fewer years in which they could become pregnant and lead to an early menopause.
Unborn boys could also be affected by the drug. But unlike women, whose egg supply is limited, they keep producing sperm throughout their lives, meaning the danger to their fertility is not as serious. Share or comment on this article: Six ibuprofen tablets can affect men's fertility libido.