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Self-medication: Researchers Warn on the Dangers of Ibuprofen and Paracetamol During Pregnancy

Self-medication is dangerous. Especially during pregnancy. Even if there are benign diseases, such as headache, which everyone knows a drug that could relieve it, be careful during pregnancy. Indeed, painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol have just been the subject of a study on pregnant women. This reveals that these two drugs could affect the fertility of unborn children.

The study was done by researchers in Britain, who advise pregnant women to be cautious about taking painkillers. For good reason, they discovered that these drugs leave traces on the DNA of the future baby. This can affect future fertility.

Caution, we limit the anti-inflammatories

Another study by Inserm has shown that taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen early in pregnancy can disrupt the testicular hormones of the fetus. In addition, a study was done on egg-producing cells that were reduced by almost half after exposure to ibuprofen.

Thus, ibuprofen and paracetamol were tested in mice bearing human fetal testicular tissue grafts. Over a week, the number of germ cells giving birth to the eggs was reduced by 40% and those giving sperm by 25%.

The researchers explain this phenomenon by the effects of analgesics on germ cells.


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