Answer to Question #7537 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"
Category: Pregnancy and Radiation
The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:
First, you should know that a laser is simply a powerful beam of visible light at one frequency (monochromatic light). A laser beam can harm your eyes (retina) or skin because it can heat the skin or retina to temperatures that are damaging. Therefore, anyone using a laser for therapeutic purposes should be trained on how to use it safely. Probably the most protected tissues in your body from a laser are your fetus and internal organs. Your fetus will not be at risk from your use of a laser because the laser beam cannot reach to the depth of the uterus. For your own peace of mind, however, you should be instructed on how to use the instrument.
Your fetus's developmental risks are not increased above background risks for all pregnant women, which are 3 percent for birth defects and 15 percent for miscarriage.
Good luck with your pregnancy.
Robert Brent MD, PhD