X-ray Radiation Safety Before Pregnancy

Patients with tailbone pain (coccyx pain, coccydynia) sometimes ask me…
“After receiving medical radiation exposure (fluoroscopy, x-ray, etc.), how soon is it safe to get pregnant?” 
How long after tailbone (coccyx) x-rays or fluoroscopy should I “wait” before getting pregnant?
  • Here is information from the Health Physics Society (“a scientific organization of professionals who specialize in radiation safety.”)
  • “How long should I wait to conceive after x-ray exams that have exposed my ovaries or my husband’s testes? Can I become sterile after having x rays? ANSWER: There is no evidence that there are any effects on the ovaries or sperm at doses used in diagnostic procedures such as the one(s) you had. If there were any risk at all, it would be very small. Also, this type of radiation does not remain in your body so that does not need to be a concern either.” Source: http://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/faqs/pregnancyandradiationexposure.html
  • “How long should I wait to try to become pregnant after x-ray exams that have exposed my ovaries or my husband’s testes? Can I become sterile after having x rays? ANSWER: There is no evidence of effects on the ovaries or sperm at radiation doses used in diagnostic x-ray procedures. Radiation doses from routine medical x rays are too small to affect sterility or have an effect on a future pregnancy. Therefore, you do not need to wait after diagnostic x-ray exams before trying to become pregnant.” Source: http://www.radiationanswers.org/radiation-questions-answers/radiation-and-pregnancy.html
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