Painkillers could harm the un­born

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WOMEN who take painkillers dur­ing preg­nancy could be harm­ing the fer­til­ity of their un­born child, re­search has found.

Parac­eta­mol and ibupro­fen were found to re­duce the num­ber of cells which later be­come eggs or sperm in ba­bies, ac­cord­ing to a study in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Per­spec­tives jour­nal.

Painkillers may also af­fect the fer­til­ity of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions by trig­ger­ing changes in the struc­ture of DNA which can be in­her­ited, the re­search found.

The find­ings add to ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing cer­tain medicines should be used with cau­tion dur­ing preg­nancy. How­ever, sci­en­tists stressed the cur­rent ad­vice for women – to limit the use of parac­eta­mol and avoid ibupro­fen – re­mains un­changed.

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