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Does radiation affect fertility?

Does radiation affect fertility?

It can: Radiation can affect fertility. The most sensitive tissue is the early developing embryo, so there is significant risk in early pregnancy. Affecting eggs and sperm requires much higher doses of radiation. Environmental exposure is best avoided, and clinical exposure should be minimized with shielding. Discuss any concerns with the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


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Does radiation affect fertility? I heard that patients who go through radiation therapy will have a higher change to become infertile, is this true

Does radiation affect fertility? I heard that patients who go through radiation therapy will have a higher change to become infertile, is this true

Yes: Exposure of gonads (testes and ovaries) to radiation can make you sterile. People who undergo radiation often have cancer and receive a lot of chemotherapy which can affect their fertility also. So cancer patients have a higher risk of infertility even if the gonads are not exposed to radiation. Radiation can also be a hazard if you are a radiological worker but safeguards are in the workplace. ...Read more

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I am working in a plant where there is radiation. I am working nearby but i don't stay long. Could it affect my fertility?

I am working in a plant where there is radiation. I am working nearby but i don't stay long. Could it affect my fertility?

Yes, and worse: Radiation has cumulative effects. Even a little bit of exposure adds to the total. It can cause infertility and cancer, and other problems. Wear a radiation detector badge and protect yourself. ...Read more

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Can radiation have any effect on male fertility?

Can radiation have any effect on male fertility?

Yes: Certainly it depends on the body part being radiated and whether or not there is associated chemotherapy. Most men have time to save sperm before treatment and should ask their doctor about that. ...Read more

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Do research show men exposed to rf radiation for extended periods run into fertility issues?

Do research show men exposed to rf radiation for extended periods run into fertility issues?

No proof yet.: Unfortunately, the studies that exist on this topic are not designed or powered to adequately answer this question. There is a claim, based on some wistar rat studies, that certain types of rf range radiation, can have an effect of sperm morphology and maturation. These are not conclusive, and no human studies have shown this link. ...Read more

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Is it possible to target radiation therapy to treat the prostate but not damage my fertility?

Is it possible to target radiation therapy to treat the prostate but not damage my fertility?

No: Not by how it's targeted because the whole prostate has to be radiated and this will include nerves that may cause impotence. Even if the nerves work the fluid and semen decrease so the sperm will have a harder time to fertilize unless done artificially. The scatter radiation may also damage the testes and permanently effect the sperm. Despite all this you may remain fertile. ...Read more

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Hi question for fertility doctors if women don't ovulate on day 14, do most ovulate later or earlier, what is most common?

Hi question for fertility doctors if women don't ovulate on day 14, do most ovulate later or earlier, what is most common?

Varies: If your cycles are regular, i.e. Every 28-30 days, then you most likely are ovulating around day 14. If your cycles are longer or shorter this can vary when you ovulate. Take the length of your cycle and subtract 14 days and that's probably when you are ovulating. If your cycles are very irregular, and approach 40 days apart or more then you probably aren't ovulating and you should see your md. ...Read more

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My gyno said that adenomyosis is nothing to worry about and it won't cause any fertility problems. Is this correct or not?

My gyno said that adenomyosis is nothing to worry about and it won't cause any fertility problems. Is this correct or not?

Probably correct: Adenomyosis is invasion of the muscle wall of the uterus with the glands that normally grow and shed each month. While it most likely will lead to heavier and more painful cycles, it is unlikely to affect fertility. At the age of 18, it is very unlikely that you have adenomyosis. ...Read more

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Fertility (Definition)

Fertility refers to the ability of a woman to conceive a child, or to the ability of a man to ...Read more