Learn more about the link between male fertility and ibuprofen use
Male fertility and ibuprofen aren’t a good mix, according to a recent study. The study found Ibuprofen, sold over-the-counter as Advil or Motrin, has a negative effect on the testicles of young men, which could lead to reproductive issues.
More about the study on male fertility and ibuprofen use
The study showed the use of ibuprofen disrupts male hormones and could lead to a condition called compensated hypogonadism. This condition is associated with lower levels of testosterone and impaired fertility, and it normally isn’t seen in younger men. While male fertility and ibuprofen use could lead to impaired fertility, it doesn’t mean every man who takes ibuprofen will have problems.
The only way to know for sure is to have a semen analysis and other laboratory tests to check your hormone levels. If you and your partner have been having trouble conceiving, this may be the logical next step.
A semen analysis involves providing a fresh semen sample that an andrologist analyzes for sperm volume, motility (movement), morphology (sperm size and shape) and sperm count.
Risk factors for male infertility
Here are some risk factors that contribute to male infertility.
- You should quit smoking or at least cut back.
- Heavy alcohol use. Limit your alcohol consumption.
- Eat right and exercise more to reach a healthy weight.
- You can’t turn back time, but you can get proper rest and take care of your body.
- Underlying medical conditions or past treatments.
- Environmental exposure to toxins and pollutants.
Some of these risk factors for male infertility can be controlled, but some cannot. Learn more about male fertility by speaking with Robert Anderson MD.
Contact us for a confidential consultation at our Orange County fertility center.