Female surgeons face higher risks of infertility or pregnancy complications than the general population because they are exposed to toxic ‘surgical smoke’ and radiation in the operating room, a new study suggests. While we’ve long known that female surgeons face higher risks than other women, researchers at the Mayo Clinic say that efforts to reduce these risks have not been sufficient. During operations, surgeons may inhale 25 chemicals, many of which may raise women’s risks of infertility or problems like low birth weight and delivering prematurely. The Mayo Clinic team urges that women shouldn’t be kept from performing surgery, but rather that hospitals need to take measures like introducing better warnings and ventilation systems to help protect women. Female surgeons are exposed to dangers in the operating room, such as sharp objects, radiation and toxic fumes, that may raise their infertility risks (file) Women now make up a substantial portion of the surgical workforce in the US and abroad. In the US, nearly 21 percent of general surgeons are now women, a significant jump over the 13.6 percent that made up the group a decade ago. Overall, the age at which US women have their first child has increased over… Read full this story
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