Scottish scientists found out that taking painkillers is not desirable during pregnancy
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh in the UK found that the use of paracetamol and ibuprofen during pregnancy harms the reproductive system of the fetus. This is reported in a press release on MedicalXpress.
The researchers evaluated the effect of paracetamol and ibuprofen on tissue samples of the testicles and ovaries of human embryos. It turned out that in biological specimens that were exposed to one of the two drugs within a week, the number of germline cells that preceded the sex gametes (spermatozoa and oocytes) decreased.
Paracetamol reduced the number of germ cells by 40 percent, ibuprofen by 50 percent. According to scientists, as a result, girls can reduce the number of eggs, leading to premature menopause, which normally occurs in women 49-52 years of age. In boys, changes in testicular tissue contribute to hypo-spermatogenesis - inadequate production of spermatozoa.
The results of experiments involving rats transplanted with pieces of human tissue consisting of male germ cells showed that paracetamol intake during the day reduced the number of spermatozoa by 17 percent.