To investigate the effects of a 10 GHz electromagnetic field on male rat's reproductive system.
70 days old male rats were sham exposed (n=6) or exposed (n=6) to an electromagnetic field. Immediately after the experiment, blood samples and sperms were collected.
Exposure duration: continuous for 2 h/day on 45 days
|Exposure duration||continuous for 2 h/day on 45 days|
|Setup||six rats placed in a 22 cm x 7 cm x 7.5 cm cage, lined from the outside with anechoic material except for the top, ventilated by 1 cm diameter holes and located under the horn antenna|
|Sham exposure||A sham exposure was conducted.|
|power density||0.21 mW/cm²||-||measured||-||-|
|SAR||0.014 W/kg||-||calculated||whole body||-|
The level of malondialdehyde and the activity of creatine kinase were significantly increased, while the level of melatonin was significantly decreased in the exposed group as compared to the sham exposed group. Additionally, the content of hemoglobin, as well as the numbers of total leukocytes, neutrophils, lymphocytes, thrombocytes and red blood cells were significantly decreased in the exposed animals in comparison to the sham exposed animals.
The authors conclude that these results are indications of deleterious effects of 10 GHz electromagnetic fields on the reproductive pattern of male rats.