There’s a common over-the-counter (OTC) medication that you are most likely taking every day… and believe it or not, it could be hurting your manhood.
I’m not just talking about fertility here – though that most certainly is a huge issue that’s arisen out of a new study on the use of this OTC drug.
And it’s one of the most utilised over the counter medications in the world.
But even if all your seeds have already been sown… even if your own childbearing years are in the rear-view mirror… and even if ‘the change of life’ was a welcome reprieve from years of ‘the curse’… you should still march over to your medicine cabinet right now and see if you’ve got a bottle of this stuff in there.
If you do – and if you want to save the manhood – throw that bottle out!
Because it’s not doing you any favours.
In fact, according to a recently published study, ibuprofen not only impacts male fertility… it also lowers testosterone.
And that affects millions and millions of men all around the world.
I’m not sure there’s any man… at any age… who wouldn’t be taken aback to hear that ibuprofen can hurt, shrink, and threaten their manhood!
Is this why the ‘Baby Boom’ has gone bust?
The in vivo study out of Northern Europe was conducted on volunteers who were already pretty manly – athletes.
It showed that taking 1,200mg of ibuprofen a day definitively lowered testicular output.1
Now, when you consider that a standard dosage can contain up to 200mg, getting up to 1,200mg would only mean taking a dosage of two tablets, three times a day.
And who just takes two pills when they’re in enough pain to pop some ibuprofen?
The researchers were so intrigued by this inducement of testicular damage that they studied the topic further – this time in vitro – by taking small pieces of organ donor testicles and mixing them in a test tube with ibuprofen.
Once again, their research showed that this common pain reliever damaged the tissue.2
These findings could explain some very commonly-known facts that we haven’t had answers for yet.
First of all, as our society becomes more industrialised, why are the babies no longer booming?
It’s almost impossible to fathom that one in every four couples in developing countries can’t conceive… after five years of trying!3
And at least half of that infertility trend is due to the male’s sperm quality and quantity, according to other studies.
As the authors of this study point out, male fertility has been on a disturbingly downward trend. From 1970 to 2010, we’ve seen a 52 per cent decline in sperm concentration and a 59 per cent decline in total sperm count.4
But here’s something you may not know: Not all drugs are evaluated for their effects on male fertility before they’re sent off to market.5
Therefore, there could be many other drugs – ones that you or a loved one might be taking right now – that can alter or lower testosterone production in men!
And here’s another reason why you should care about this, even if your baby-making days are far behind you: According to a study last year, ibuprofen could damage the testicles of a male foetus if his mother takes it during her first trimester.6
Don’t let something steal the manhood away from your son or grandson… before he’s even allowed to become a man!
What’s draining your vigour?
Even though the studies I just shared with you revolved around younger men and athletes, it’s also a known medical fact that testosterone levels are decreasing at an alarming rate in all men, regardless of age.
A study published in 2007 showed that there was a ‘substantial’ drop in male testosterone levels from the 1980s to the early 2000s – as much as 15 per cent!7
I see this in my own practice. These days, it’s almost the ‘norm’ for men who come to me complaining of fatigue to have low testosterone levels.
Testosterone is so incredibly important – and not just because it’s the hormone that makes men MEN.
Optimal levels of it are also crucial for almost every organ in the body – yes, the penis (and sex drive and sexual function), but that’s actually only a small portion of testosterone’s importance.
For instance, your brain needs testosterone. Lower levels of it cause depression and memory loss.
And ladies, you need testosterone, too! (Just less of it.)
If your muscles (including your heart, which is just one big muscle) and bones don’t get enough of the so-called ‘male hormone’, it can lead to pain, frequent injuries, and weakness or frailty.
I could go on and on!
It’s not just about the party in your pants
As I’ve shared with you in the past, almost every integrative doctor in the country – including yours truly – optimises male testosterone as part of achieving and maintaining overall good health for patients.
There are many ways of accomplishing this goal – and it’s not just about adding more testosterone back in.
In fact, no good integrative doctor would place most younger men (especially athletes) on testosterone replacement therapy, as those gels and shots can actually shrink the testicles… and make the problem that ibuprofen caused even worse!
Instead, I try to revitalise and rejuvenate the testicles with herbs and natural remedies (such as maca, tribulus, tongkat ali, fenugreek, or ashwaghanda) or use a medication called clomiphene to get the testicles to start producing more testosterone on their own.
But, as with any other health concern, it’s just as (if not more) important to identify and stop (or at least limit) the root causes of your low testosterone.
And that brings us back to your medicine cabinet.
Limiting non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use is essential when optimising your testosterone.
Now, even though I don’t blame all of the ‘castration’ on ibuprofen, ibuprofen is a ‘bad hombre’ – and everyone should watch their intake of this effective yet dangerous over-the-counter pain medicine.
As I’ve shared with you in the past, thousands of hospitalisations and deaths occur from the use of NSAIDs (which include both ibuprofen and aspirin) each year.
To be honest, I wonder how it’s still legal for NSAIDs to be sold over the counter.
Not only that, but why would any man would want to jeopardise his stomach (from gastrointestinal bleeding)… his kidneys… and now his testicles?
Out with the old, and in with the new
Now, if you’re taking ibuprofen regularly, I’m sure you’ve got a good reason. It may be the only thing that helps you make it through the day.
Especially if you have chronic pain.
Chronic pain is never an easy subject to discuss, but I do want to be clear that I’m not expecting you to read this article and never take another NSAID.
However, if it’s arthritis pain that’s got you down, I’d be happy if sharing this news with you got you to turn to alternatives like a topical cream (I’ve recommended T-Relief in the past) or an oral hyaluronic acid.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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