Taking painkillers during pregnancy could harm future fertility of grandkids, says research - News Summed Up

Taking painkillers during pregnancy could harm future fertility of grandkids, says research


TAKING common painkillers including paracetamol during pregnancy could make grandchildren infertile, research suggests. However, the new study found that both drugs could harm future fertility of subsequent offspring – with an impact on boys as well as girls. Testicular tissue exposed to painkillers in a culture dish had around a quarter fewer sperm-producing cells after exposure to paracetamol or ibuprofen. These marks can be inherited, helping to explain how the effects of painkillers on fertility may be passed on to future generations. Dr Rod Mitchell, who led the research at the University of Edinburgh, said: “We would encourage women to think carefully before taking painkillers in pregnancy and to follow existing guidelines – taking the lowest possible dose for the shortest time possible.”


Source: National Post April 16, 2018 01:52 UTC


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