Ibuprofen Linked to Fertility Problems

Ibuprofen’s Ranging Side Effects

Ibuprofen has significant side effects ranging from nausea to fertility problems. Many use it for lower back pain but safer approaches, such as chiropractic care, should be considered first.

TUESDAY Jan. 9, 2018 — Taking the common painkiller ibuprofen has been linked in a small study with a condition affecting male fertility problems.

Male fertility is dropping around the world and the researchers wanted to see if ibuprofen might be contributing to this.


Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug sold without a prescription for short-term treatment of pain, inflammation from injuries, and fever. Health professionals may recommend longer-term use.

It is known to increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke if taken regularly in high doses for a long time.

It has already been linked with fertility problems in women taking the drug.

Common brands of ibuprofen include Advil and Motrin.

The Danish and French study looked at 31 athletic men between the ages of 18 and 35.

Half the group took 600mg of ibuprofen twice a day – the maximum recommended dose in the U.S. is 800mg up to four times a day — for 2 weeks. The other half took a dummy (placebo) tablet. Samples were taken before and after the trial for comparison.

Those who took the ibuprofen were more likely to have indications of testicular problems — including a condition called compensated hypogonadism that affects reproductive health — meaning men are less likely to be able to father a child. This is more common in older men than younger ones.

Ibuprofen appears to affect the pituitary gland that’s involved in production of the male hormone testosterone, as well as other processes linked to sperm production.

‘Landmark study’

Several experts have reacted to the study findings.

Richard Quinton, MD, from Newcastle University in England and the Society for Endocrinology, says: “This is a landmark study that elegantly combines clinical and basic research, at both tissue and cellular levels, to show that ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter painkiller, can reversibly hinder testosterone production by testicular cells.”

Before now, he says, “most warnings regarding this family of painkillers have focused on limiting long-term use in the elderly to prevent gastrointestinal, renal and cardiac adverse effects. This study should give pause for thought to sportsmen using them routinely for exercise-induced aches and pains.”

Professor Allan Pacey from the University of Sheffield, cautions: “The results suggest that long-term use (several weeks) of ibuprofen can affect the production of the male hormone by the testicles. The authors speculate that this could have health implications for such men, given the known links between the disruption of such hormones and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and infertility.

“However, this is currently speculative. So, for the time being, I would urge men who need to take ibuprofen to continue to do so. However, it is recommended that if men (or women) need to take it for more than 3 days consecutively then they should first consult their family doctor.”

Kevin McEleny, PhD, from the British Fertility Society says: “This was a short-term study and the effects seen on testicular health may be reversible. No direct effect on fertility was shown, but the results of this initial study suggest that it warrants further investigation.

“Long-term use of ibuprofen has other negative effects on overall health so people should only be taking it over a period of weeks, months or years if a doctor has prescribed it.”

WebMD Health News Reviewed by Rob Hicks, MD

Non-Surgical Pain Relief: Decompression Therapy

Neck or Back Pain Relief with Chiropractic Care and Decompression Therapy

If you’ve been told you need surgery for herniated, bulging, degenerative, or ruptured discs but are concerned about the risks, you are a potential candidate for decompression therapy. Decompression is a safe, non-surgical therapy developed to relieve the pain using traction.

What is decompression therapy?

By cycling through distraction and relaxation phases of treatment, a spinal disc can be placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect. This decompression allows bulging or herniated disc material to be drawn back within the disc. This increases oxygen and blood flow to the affected areas to promote healing, relieve pain, and speed up the recovery process.

How does it work?

Decompression therapy reduces the pressure on spinal discs and facet joints through unloading created by distraction and positioning. Decompression therapy effectively enhances the healing process and often renders quick, effective pain relief that enables most patients to return to an active lifestyle. However, it is important to remember that decompression therapy will not address your subluxations. Therefore, therapy is most effective when combined with chiropractic adjustments.

How long does it take?

Your treatment plan will be customized for your individual condition and needs. The average treatment protocol ranges from one to three months (12-24 sessions) with individual session times lasting from 10-20 minutes in length.

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Chiropractic Reduces Medical Costs

Reduced Medicare Costs with Chiropractic

Researchers estimate that chiropractic care may reduce the number of Medicare patient visits to primary care medical physicians for back and/or neck pain, resulting in $83.5 million in annual savings.

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How to avoid getting sick this winter — see your chiropractor!

Is everyone in your office coughing or sneezing? Don’t think a cold is inevitable this season. There are simple steps you can take to boost your immunity.

  1. Get your vitamin D. You may be chugging orange juice to load up on vitamin C, but most people become deficient in vitamin D in the winter. Since its main source is sunlight, it’s hard to load up on it in the winter. Research has shown vitamin D helps the production of T-cells that are responsible for killing harmful viruses and bacteria. Get your fix while the sun’s hiding with salmon, eggs, mushrooms, and certain types of cereals and oatmeal.
  2. Don’t skip the workout. It’s hard to stay motivated in the winter, but exercise can aid in the prevention of sickness, or decrease the severity of symptoms. Working out helps increase circulation, thereby distributing the immune system’s white blood cells.
  3. Get your zzz’s. The suggestion to get 8 hours of sleep each night has been advised forever for a reason. Sleep is the body’s way to recharge itself. When you’re overly tired, your immune system has a harder time warding off illness.
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