(NATURAL NEWS) – Women are advised not to take ibuprofen during the first six months of pregnancy. Doing so increases the risk of their unborn daughters having fertility problems later on, warn gynecologists. In a new study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Edinburgh, the pain relief medicine is described as being a "threat to [the] fertility of baby girls" because it impacts how many eggs the fetus is able to make during its time in the womb. Women are born with all the eggs they will have in their lifetime, unlike men who continually produce sperm.
Prolonged use of ibuprofen during pregnancy can reduce the number of eggs a girl develops by as much as 40 percent.
"We know that fertility rates have declined over recent years, and essentially, we are looking for a potential reason why that might be the case," commented co-author of the research, Rod Mitchell. "Because it is a relatively recent decline, it is felt that environmental factors [including painkillers] in addition to societal factors might have a role to play."
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