Trending News: Trouble Getting It Up? All That Advil Might Be To Blame
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Taking too much ibuprofen, a.k.a. Advil, for long periods of time might be giving you some serious health problems, according to a new study.
Got a headache or a backache? Just pop an Advil.
That tends to be what our parents and doctors have told us — and generally, it’s not a bad plan. Painkillers are generally alright for you if you follow the instructions on the box. But according to a new study, you might want to think twice about popping these pills for too long.
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen gave ibuprofen to 31 guys aged between 18 and 35-years-old for six weeks and monitored their hormone levels. They found that the drug hurt the men’s testosterone count, increasing their risk of developing fertility problems, erectile dysfunction and muscular wastage. In other words, too much ibuprofen could hurt your chances of having babies, cause you trouble getting it up and turn your gym membership into a total waste.
Although, while testosterone production did lower in the participants — and this is the really interesting part — the guys maintained the same level of the hormone.
How is that possible? David Møbjerg Kristensen at the University of Copenhagen told The Guardian that the pituitary gland naturally compensates for the lower testosterone by boosting it. Way to go body!
Still, that doesn’t mean that ibuprofen is safe in the long run. Kristensen says he worries that if you pop ibuprofen for too long, eventually your pituitary gland will be overworked and stop compensating.
“Our immediate concern is for the fertility of men who use these drugs for a long time,” Kristensen said to The Guardian. “These compounds are good painkillers, but a certain amount of people in society use them without thinking of them as proper medicines.”
So should you top taking ibuprofen? Nah, it’s probably fine if you really need it. But remember that it is a drug so you should take it carefully as instructed by a doctor and maybe not for too long.
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