No painkillers during pregnancy

Dangerous pain reliever during pregnancy. Pregnant women should better avoid drugs.

Women who took pain medication for a long period of time or in large quantities during pregnancy may endanger the health of the unborn child. This was the result of a Danish study by the "Rigshospitalet" in Copenhagen. If pregnant women take pain medication such as aspirin or paracetamol in large quantities or for a certain period of time, the risk of undescended testicles for newborn boys increases (abnormal position of the testicles). The incorrect development of the testicles can lead to a reduced quality of the sperm in later life and promote the development of testicular cancer.

Combination of different pain relievers particularly risky
The scientists led by Henrik Leffers from Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen asked a total of 835 women from all over Denmark about their painkillers during pregnancy. According to the study results, 57 percent of women had taken pain relieving medication during pregnancy. The researchers then compared the results of both groups. It was noticed that unborn babies are particularly sensitive to pain medication between the fourth and sixth months. If the women interviewed took active substances such as ibuprofen or acetylsalicylic acid during this phase, the risk of undescended testicles quadrupled. The active ingredient paracetamol, however, doubled the risk. The combination of different pain reliever active ingredients is particularly problematic: the risk of undescended testicles increased by a factor of 16.

Increase in infertility in men
The scientists also suspect a connection to the falling fertility rates in men. For several decades, the quality of semen in the industrialized countries has steadily decreased in men. However, further in-depth studies would have to be carried out to substantiate this suspicion. Other researchers assume that the chemical "bisphenol-A", which is widely used, also plays an important role. The substance is used in numerous everyday products and probably has a negative effect on the hormonal balance of men and women.

What to do in the case of pain during pregnancy The authors of the study recommend visiting a doctor in the scientific journal "Human Reproduction" for complaints instead of taking painkillers yourself. Henrik Leffers said: "Pregnant women should seek the advice of a doctor before taking painkillers. In general, as few medications as possible during pregnancy". Alternatively, natural pain relievers can be used in consultation with your doctor or naturopath. For mild headaches, for example, a simple peppermint oil that is rubbed onto the forehead or temples with circular movements helps. Other natural pain relievers include nettle herb, arnica, black mustard and poplar. (sb, Nov 9, 2010)

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