(London Guardian) Ibuprofen taken by women in their first three months of pregnancy might reduce a daughter’s number of eggs, potentially affecting the child’s future fertility, according to research carried out on human cells in the lab.
It is generally thought that women are born with a fixed number of eggs, although controversial recent research has challenged the idea that adult ovaries are unable to produce more.
Previous work in rodents has suggested that painkillers including ibuprofen might affect the ovaries and hence fertility, while recent research in men has linked prolonged high doses of ibuprofen to disruption of male sex hormones. Up to 30% of women are thought to take ibuprofen during pregnancy.
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