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Use of mild painkillers in pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of male reproductive problems

8 November 2010

New evidence, published in Europe’s leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction today, has emerged that the use of mild painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen, may be part of the reason for the increase in male reproductive disorders in recent decades.

Read the paper: Intrauterine exposure to mild analgesics is a risk factor for development of male reproductive disorders in human and rat

Published in Human Reproduction, Advanced Access, 8 November 2010

Read the press release here.

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