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Does radiation affect fertility?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Philip Chenette
Dr. Philip Chenette
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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

The effects of radiation on infertility depend on the dose, the location, and the number of treatments.
It affects both male and female infertility. Anyone about to undergo radiation therapy should have a consultation with a fertility specialist prior to treatment. Low levels of radiation in tests like a ct scan is not harmful unless multiple tests are performed, which is very unusual.

In brief: Yes

The effects of radiation on infertility depend on the dose, the location, and the number of treatments.
It affects both male and female infertility. Anyone about to undergo radiation therapy should have a consultation with a fertility specialist prior to treatment. Low levels of radiation in tests like a ct scan is not harmful unless multiple tests are performed, which is very unusual.
Dr. Michael Traub
Dr. Michael Traub
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Dr. David Dinhofer
I prefer to say Yes and No as any adverse affects are dependent on the dose. Low doses usually used in medical exams should not affect fertility.
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