Effect of radiofrequency radiation on reproductive health.

Author: Singh R1, Nath R2, Mathur AK2, Sharma RS2
Author Information:
1Department of Environmental Studies, Satyawati College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.
2Division of Reproductive Biology & Maternal Health, Child Health, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India.
Conference/Journal: Indian J Med Res.
Date published: 2018 Dec
Other: Volume ID: 148 , Issue ID: Supplement , Pages: S92-S99 , Special Notes: doi: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_1056_18. , Word Count: 139

The development of cellular phone system has greatly increased the extent and magnitude of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) exposure. The RFR emitted from mobile phone and mobile phone base stations exerts thermal and non-thermal effects. The short-term and long-term exposure to RFR may have adverse effect on humans as well as animals. Most laboratory studies have indicated a direct link between exposure to RFR and adverse biological effects. Several in vitro studies have reported that RFR induces various types of cancer and DNA or chromosomal damage. On the other hand, some animal studies have not reported adverse effects of this radiation. The present review summarizes information available on the possible effects of RFR on the reproductive health.

KEYWORDS: Biological effect; electromagnetic field; mobile phone; mobile phone base station; radiofrequency radiation; thermal and non-thermal effects

PMID: 30964085 PMCID: PMC6469375 DOI: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_1056_18