Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Sex hormone status in male rats after exposure to 50 Hz, 5 mTesla magnetic field med./bio.

Published in: Arch Androl 2006; 52 (5): 363-369

Aim of study (acc. to author)

The question of whether extremely low frequency magnetic fields can affect sex hormone status in male rats should be investigated.

Background/further details

60 male albino rats were used.



Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1: 50 Hz
Exposure duration: continuous for 1, 2 or 4 weeks

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency 50 Hz
Exposure duration continuous for 1, 2 or 4 weeks
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Setup 152 cm long double walled cylindrical cage made of 2 mm copper plates, inner diameter: 114 cm, outer diameter: 140 cm, grounded, at each end closed with a copper mesh; around the outer cylinder 4 coils with 270 turns of 2.2 mm insulated copper wire were wound, connected in parallel
Sham exposure A sham exposure was conducted.
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
magnetic flux density 5 mT - measured - -

Reference articles

  • Mostafa RM et al. (2002): Effects of exposure to extremely low-frequency magnetic field of 2 G intensity on memory and corticosterone level in rats

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated system:
Investigated organ system:
Time of investigation:
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

The testosterone level did not show significant changes.
Exposure to magnetic field for one week resulted in significant increase in FSH level. Significant increase in LH level was found in magnetic field exposure group for four weeks, while prolactin level showed a significant increase in all magnetic field exposed groups.

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