EDC IMPACT: Is exposure during pregnancy to acetaminophen/paracetamol disrupting female reproductive development?

Abstract : Concern has been raised over chemical-induced disruption of ovary development during fetal life resulting in long-lasting consequences only manifesting themselves much later during adulthood. A growing body of evidence suggests that prenatal exposure to the mild analgesic acetaminophen/paracetamol can cause such a scenario. Therefore, in this review, we discuss three recent reports that collectively indicate that prenatal exposure in a period of 13.5 days in both rats and mouse can result in reduced female reproductive health. The combined data show that the exposure results in the reduction of primordial follicles, irregular menstrual cycle, premature absence of , as well as reduced fertility, resembling premature ovarian insufficiency syndrome in humans that is linked to premature menopause. This could especially affect the Western parts of the world, where the age for childbirth is continuously being increased and acetaminophen is recommended during pregnancy for pain and fever. We therefore highlight an urgent need for more studies to verify these data including both experimental and epidemiological approaches.
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Frederic Schrøder Arendrup, Séverine Mazaud-Guittot, Bernard Jégou, David Møbjerg Kristensen. EDC IMPACT: Is exposure during pregnancy to acetaminophen/paracetamol disrupting female reproductive development?. Endocrine Connections, BioScientifica, 2018, 7 (1), pp.149-158. ⟨10.1530/EC-17-0298⟩. ⟨hal-01711038⟩

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