Pregnant Women Warned to Lay Off Popular Pain Reliever

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If you're pregnant and suffering aches and pains, it may be tempting to reach for the Tylenol ... only a new study at the University of Edinburgh says that prolonged use of Tylenol while pregnant could harm their unborn babies -- boys specifically.

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In the study, done on pregnant mice, using acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) for seven days straight reduced testosterone production in a male fetus by 45 percent.

Why should moms worry? Because low testosterone in the womb boosts risks of infertility, testicular cancer and undescended testicles.

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Yikes! This news seems particularly frightening given acetaminophen is the most common medication pregnant women take for their aches and pains. Now, pregnant women who've unwittingly taken it may be freaking out wondering if their boy's testicles won't descend. Plus, even if you're pregnant and have heard the news before you had to worry, I think this puts them between a rock and a hard place. They're bound to go through a lot of pregnancy aches and pains. So what do they do?

Well, the researchers don't say women have to steer clear of Tylenol entirely. Rather, they say they should take it at the lowest effective dose for the shortest amount of time. So, at least women who are truly suffering don't need to just grin and bear it. Still, though, how about presenting pregnant women with a safe and effective alternative too?

Is there any medication you wondered was safe to take while pregnant?

 

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