Painkillers in pregnancy linked to infertility in sons

A recent study has caused concern that using painkillers in pregnancy may have cause male fertility problems. Researchers found that taking ibuprofen, aspirin, or paracetamol, or a combination of the three, increased the probability that boys would be born with undescended testicles. This condition, cryptorchidism, may cause cancer and poor semen quality in later life. Experts said the discovery was “alarming” and that there was an urgent need for further research.

The authors said women might want to decrease their use of painkillers during. The study only involved boys but researchers said girls might also be affected by painkiller use. Researchers asked women in Finland and Denmark in a written questionnaire and a telephone interview about their use of painkillers. It was found that those who gave written answers may have underestimated their painkiller intake because they did not consider them proper medicines.

Women who simultaneously used more than one painkiller, such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, apparently had a seven-times-greater chance of giving birth to sons with some form of cryptorchidism than women who took no painkillers. ~ London Telegraph, Nov 9

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