New research, carried out by Danish and French scientists and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that taking three ibuprofen a day for more than two weeks can hinder the body’s ability to produce testosterone.
Researchers analysed the hormones of a group of 31 healthy men aged between 18 and 35 over six weeks. Some participants took two doses of ibuprofen every day while others were given placebos.
The study showed that those who took ibuprofen had developed compensated hypogonadism, a condition usually associated with smokers or elderly men.
One of the study’s authors, Bernard Jegou, told CNN that the short-term effects on the study’s participants would reverse itself once the study was over, but that long-term ibuprofen users might not be so lucky.
Professor Kelton Tremellen, a gynaecologist and professor of reproductive medicine at Flinders University told Newshub that it would be “highly unlikely” popping a couple of ibuprofen tablets for a headache would cause any problems, but men should speak to their doctor before making it a daily habit.