Study type: Epidemiological study

Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields of High Voltage Overhead Power Lines and Female Infertility epidem.

Published in: Int J Occup Environ Med 2019; 10 (1): 11-16

Aim of study (acc. to author)

A case-control study was conducted in Iran to investigate the association between residential distance to power lines and the risk of infertility among women.

Endpoint/type of risk estimation



Exposure groups

Group Description
Reference group 1 distances between residence and power lines: > 1000 m
Group 2 distances between residence and power lines: 500 - 1000 m
Group 3 distances between residence and power lines: < 500 m


Case group

Control group

Study size

Cases Controls
Total 475 471
Evaluable 462 471
Statistical analysis method: (adjustment: )

Results (acc. to author)

A total of 112 women (14.1%, 86 women of the infertile group und 26 women of the control group) lived within 500 meters from a high voltage power line.
Women living within 500 m of a power line (OR 4.44, CI 2.77 to 7.11) carried a significantly higher risk of infertility compared to women living more than 1000 m away.

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