Last year, research and reports went nuts about the declining sperm quality in men in western societies.
According to one ABC report sperm count of men in Australia, North America and Europe declined more than 50pc in less than 40 years.
This is alarming news for both male reproductive health and general wellbeing.
Australian professor Rob McLachlan and Reproductive toxicologist Dr Shaun Roman commented on the findings saying LIFESTYLE could be to blame.
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences may have found another CAUSE behind male fertility issues and poor reproductive health…
…and the culprit could be sitting in your medicine cabinet.
Researchers have discovered that there is a link between a testicular condition and high doses of over-the-counter pain medications – such as ibuprofen- consumed by young, healthy males.
Is your go-to pain killer affecting your husband’s fertility?
As part of a study, 31 men (under the age of 35) in France and Denmark were split into two groups.
Group A were asked to consume 1,200 milligrams of ibuprofen each day for six weeks. (1,200 milligrams of Nurofen for example, is the maximum dose an adult can consume in 24 hours – which is 6 tablets).
Group B were given a placebo tablet.
It is important to note that while 1,200 milligrams is considered ‘high’, it is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe this to those suffering from chronic pain and aches.
In just two seeks, the testosterone hormone dropped in group A. This resulted in the men having a condition known as hypogonadism.
Bernard J-gou, a co-author at French National Institutes of Health and Medical Research, revealed that ibuprofen appears to “affect the hormonal balance in adult men” and “alters human testicular physiology”.
In essence, ibuprofen causes the body to work harder to maintain normal testosterone levels.
How long does it really take to conceive?
When it comes to conceiving a baby – a lot of things need to be taken into account.
Ovulation for one. Weight is another. So are stress levels. Sexual positions. Timing. Age. Not to mention HORMONES and other medical conditions.
If you are worried about you and your partners reproductive health – it’s best to chat to your healthcare practitioner as soon as you can.
In the meantime, Are you ovulating? Here are 10 ways to tell (no ovulation kit required).