However, Kristensen emphasises that despite the results of the study, men should not stop taking the drug. This indicates that they had developed a condition called "compensated hypogonadism", which happens when testosterone production is reduced, but the body is able to compensate by increasing LH levels, the researchers said.
Common brands of ibuprofen include Advil and Motrin.
For the study, 14 young males, between 18 and 35 years old, took 600 milligrams of ibuprofen twice a day. The 17 other volunteers were given a placebo pill.
Compensated hypogonadism is typically found in elderly men and has been associated with reproductive and physical disorders, according to the researchers. After 14 days of ibuprofen use, the researchers observed higher blood levels of luteinizing hormone, which regulates the production of testosterone and other hormones. According to a recent study, however, regular consumption of the drug could lead to several side-effects, including male sterility.
If you are concerned about your levels of testosterone and your ibuprofen use, though, it's worth chatting to your GP so you can get checked out and find a way to deal with chronic aches and pains in a healthy way.
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In addition to producing sperm, the testicles secrete testosterone, the primary male sex hormone.
The hormonal imbalance caused compensated hypogonadism, which is a condition linked to decreased male fertility, depression, and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
"However, this is now speculative". Ibuprofen has been shown to damage male fertility in athletes who regularly take the meds to manage pain, reported CNN. "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".
William Colledge, professor of reproductive physiology at the University of Cambridge, who was not involved in the research, said: "It's a fascinating study that suggests that men should be cautious about using high doses of ibuprofen for extended periods".
However, for men, it could compromise their ability to procreate, a new study suggests.
The detrimental effects of daily ibuprofen were almost immediate.