Painkiller ibuprofen has ‘broad endocrine-disrupting properties’

The widely-used analgesic has a “striking dual effect” in disrupting male hormonal systems and fertility

Ibuprophen packet. Photograph: Naveen Kalwa/123RF
Ibuprofen has been shown to induce a hormonal condition known as compensated hypogonadism in men. Photograph: Naveen Kalwa/123RF

Ibuprofen, one of the world’s most commonly used over-the-counter analgesics, is an endocrine disruptor and could harm male fertility, according to the results of a Franco-Danish study.

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