Paracetamol in pregnancy: warning

International guidelines for paracetamol use in pregnancy could be up for review following a study that shows it might contribute to reproductive disorders in male babies.

Just a week of regular paracetamol use could significantly reduce testosterone production in developing testes, according to research by the University of Edinburgh.

The study shows no effect on testosterone production following 24 hours of paracetamol treatment, but after seven days of exposure the amount of plasma testosterone is reduced by 45%. There is also an 18% reduction in the

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