Paracetamol is almost always the ’emergency pill’ that everybody has to grab when not feeling well especially when suffering from headache. In fact, there is one television commercial in the Philippines promoting the use of Paracetamol with a certain brand clarifying in every age group including those pregnant ones.
However, what many do not know is the findings of the most recent study which says that Paracetamol lowers the testosterone levels of unborn baby boy.
“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.
To all pregnant women, expecting mothers out there, especially those expecting baby boy, please be warned of this new study.