Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

The effects of microwave emitted by cellular phones on ovarian follicles in rats. med./bio.

Published in: Arch Gynecol Obstet 2009; 280 (5): 729-733

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To study whether there were any toxic effects of microwaves of cellular phones on ovaries in rats.

Background/further details

Pregnant rats were exposed (n=30) and 82 female pups (aged 21 days) were used (43 in the exposure group and 39 in the control group).
(Remark of EMF-Portal: not clear if rats or mice were used (contradictory information in the publication)).

Endpoint

Exposure

Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1:
  • unspecified
Exposure duration: 12 h/day during the whole pregnancy; phone in standby mode for 11 hr 45 min, in speech mode for 15 min each day
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Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency
  • unspecified
Type
Exposure duration 12 h/day during the whole pregnancy; phone in standby mode for 11 hr 45 min, in speech mode for 15 min each day
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Setup mobile phone placed under the polypropylene cage in contact with the cage
Parameters

No parameters are specified for this exposure.

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 number of pups per delivery was significantly decreased in the exposure group compared to the control group. The data showed that in the pups of the exposed group, the number of follicles was significantly lower than that in the control group. The decreased number of follicles in pups exposed to mobile phone microwaves suggest that intrauterine exposure has toxic effects on ovaries.

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