Female surgeons face fertility hazards in theatre

Radiation and anaesthetic gases pose potential reproductive risks, authors say

Women surgeons face higher rates of pregnancy complications and infertility, and hazards in the operating theatre may be contributing, a review suggests.

Surgeons are exposed to potential reproductive risks including radiation, surgical smoke, working conditions, sharps injury, anaesthetic gases and toxic agents used interoperatively, the authors note.

The fact that female surgeons have their first child later, on average, than the general population may be a contributing factor, write Dr Matilda Anderson of Western Health Surgical Department in