New technology, such as ultrasound, can now be used to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy in the womb, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute.
The institute found that women who were seeking gynecological care from the same provider as an ectoplasties patient were more likely to have an ectopy, which means the pregnancy had to be delivered outside the womb.
A similar finding has been reported in another study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Researchers found that when using ultrasound, women were more than four times as likely to be diagnosed with an ectoplasmic pregnancy, and in another analysis, they found that ultrasound had the greatest impact on ectopic pregnancies when used for screening and treatment of ectopic fetuses.
In terms of health outcomes, ectopic babies can be more than a third of all ectopic births, according the report.
The report found that, in the United States, approximately 25,000 ectopic cases occur each year, and nearly 2 million women in the U.S. have an incision.
While some studies have shown a link between ectopic screening and higher rates of miscarriage, the majority of ectopically-born babies end up in the neonatal intensive care unit, where they require invasive surgery.
According to the Gyno Clinic, about one in three ectopic women have a miscarriage and more than one in 10 ectopic deaths occur in the first six months of pregnancy.
Despite these risks, many doctors say that the procedure can be done safely.
“The technology has made the procedure safer than ever, and the risks have been minimized,” Dr. Susan Hennigan, a gynecology resident at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said in a statement.
“It is very important that doctors have the right training to guide patients in their decision making and that women understand what to expect during a pregnancy.”
This article was originally published by Engadgets.