Avoid Paracetamol in pregnancy, it may harm baby boys

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Avoid Paracetamol in pregnancy, it may harm baby boys

Posted: 05/21/2015 04:49 PM IST
Avoid Paracetamol in pregnancy, it may harm baby boys

The link between the paracetamol and testosterone levels of baby boys has been revealed by the researchers from University of Edinburgh under the lead researcher Rod Mitchell. Pregnant women who take painkiller regularly may put their unborn sons testosterone levels at risk.

"This study adds to existing evidence that prolonged use of paracetamol in pregnancy may increase the risk of reproductive disorders in male babies," said lead researcher Rod Mitchell, a clinical research fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
"We would advise that pregnant women should follow current guidance that the painkiller be taken at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time," Mitchell suggested.

The researchers tested the effect of paracetamol on testosterone production in mice with grafts of human testicular tissue designed to mimic how testes develop and function in pregnancy.

The researcher’s team gave the mice a typical daily dose of paracetamol over a period of either 24 hours or seven days and then measured the amount of testosterone produced by the human tissue an hour after the final dose of paracetamol. After 24 hours of paracetamol treatment, they found no effect on testosterone production, but after seven days of exposure, the amount of testosterone fell by 45 percent.

The team found that reduced exposure to testosterone in the womb has been linked to higher risk of infertility, testicular cancer and undescended testicles.

The study was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

By Lizitha 

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