- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2018
Hey all, feel free to ignore this if it’s not relevant. I know, “everything is bad for you so why even bother”, blah blah. But I like to keep up on health-related scientific research, even though there are plenty of flaws in the system of which studies get funding, get published, and get popular-media attention. Just a little light #doomandgloom reading ya know.
Anyway, this study just came out that investigated, for the first time, the effect of ibuprofen and other NSAID-type painkillers on the testes in adult men. Basically, not good. Heavy (6 200-mg pills a day) short-term use “caused the ratio of testosterone to luteinizing hormones to decrease, a sign of dysfunctional testicles. This hormonal imbalance produced compensated hypogonadism, a condition associated with impaired fertility, depression and increased risk for cardiovascular events, including heart failure and stroke.”
Here’s the summary from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/08/health/ibuprofen-male-fertility-study/index.html and the actual published paper http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/01/03/1715035115.full.pdf. It’s just an initial study, but to me, it’s still worth considering. Note that it’s not saying that ibuprofen use = male infertility, but that in this short-term study, it appeared to directly cause a condition that is linked to decreased fertility among other things.
This caught my eye because my guy takes quite a lot of ibuprofen, due to chronic headaches he gets for a couple different reasons. I thought I’d share, in case anyone else is in the same boat. A lot of the atheletes I know take a lot of ibuprofen before and after training and races, for example.
On that note, did you know that in the developed world, the average male sperm count has dropped by over 50% in the past 40 years?? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sperm-count-dropping-in-western-world/ How is our species not going extinct, I swear!