Personal measures of power-frequency magnetic field exposure among men from an infertility clinic: Distribution, temporal variability and correlation with their female partners' exposure

Ryan C. Lewis, Russ Hauser, Andrew Maynard, Richard L. Neitzel, Lu Wang, Robert Kavet, Patricia Morey, Jennifer B. Ford, John D. Meeker, Earth Study Team

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Power-frequency magnetic field exposure science as it relates to men and couples have not been explored despite the advantage of this information in the design and interpretation of reproductive health epidemiology studies. This analysis examined the distribution and temporal variability of exposures in men, and the correlation of exposures within couples using data from a longitudinal study of 25 men and their female partners recruited from an infertility clinic. The average and 90th percentile demonstrated fair to good reproducibility, whereas the maximum showed poor reproducibility over repeated sampling days, each separated by a median of 4.6 weeks. Average magnetic field exposures were also strongly correlated within couples, suggesting that one partner's data could be used as a surrogate in the absence of data from the other for this metric. Environment was also an important effect modifier in these explored matters. These issues should be considered in future relevant epidemiology studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-408
Number of pages8
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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