Taking painkillers during pregnancy may harm baby’s fertility
Pregnancy Taking painkillers during pregnancy may harm baby's fertility Taking painkillers during pregnancy may lower the fertility of the unborn child in later life, scientists have warned. London: Taking painkillers during pregnancy may lower the fertility of the unborn child in later life, scientists have warned. The study identifies that these drugs may also affect the fertility of future generations, by leaving marks on DNA. The findings add to a growing body of evidence that certain medicines, including paracetamol, should be used with caution during pregnancy. Researchers stress that advice for pregnant women remains unchanged. Current guidelines say that, if necessary, paracetamol - also known as acetaminophen - should be used at the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time. Ibuprofen should be avoided during pregnancy. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh in the UK looked at the effects of paracetamol and ibuprofen on samples of human foetal testes and ovaries. They found similar effects using several different experimental approaches, including lab tests on human tissue samples and animal studies. Human tissues exposed to either drug for one week in a dish had reduced numbers of cells that give rise to sperm and eggs, called germ cells, the study found.