An ultrasound is a procedure that uses a needle to push fluid through the lining of your ovaries to look for signs of pregnancy.
It can be used for detecting and treating a variety of conditions.
But a study published in the journal PLOS ONE found that ovarian ultrasound is often overused.
In the first study of its kind, researchers surveyed over 600 women with ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) to examine how the procedure was being used.
They found that about 60 percent of women who underwent ovarian ultrasound were seeing it once a month or less.
Only 14 percent of those women received a monthly ultrasound.
The findings suggest that some women are using ovarian ultrasound too often, the authors say.
“There are a lot of people who are getting it and not using it as a primary diagnosis,” said Dr. James L. Flanders, a gynecologist at New York University.
Ovarian ultrasound is still a relatively new procedure that’s been around for about a decade, but it’s starting to take off in the medical community, said Flanders.
“It’s a very common diagnosis, but we are seeing a lot more use of it now.”
Women who undergo an ovarian ultrasound for a different reason than they did before, like the need to have an ultrasound done for cervical cancer or the desire to see a doctor’s results before they give birth, are not likely to be seeing a high rate of success, Flanders said.
This isn’t the first time a study has looked at how women are being overused ovarian ultrasound.
A study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that over-using the procedure by women who have been diagnosed with OHSS was more common than ever.
The study found that nearly one-third of women with OHSA reported having been diagnosed by their doctors with OHS.
This was especially true of women ages 50 to 64, who were more likely to report over-use of ovarian ultrasound than younger women.
Folsons group looked at all types of ovarian tissue, including those from the ovaries themselves, to see what was happening.
He said they found a high number of women undergoing ovary surgery who were not getting an accurate result.
Ovaries are connected to the rest of the body by blood vessels that supply the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, which supplies sperm.
“The only thing that’s going to work is blood flow,” he said.
Women with OHSD are also at higher risk for certain cancers.
The most common ovarian cancer for women in the United States is ovarian cysts.
Other cancers that can be found in the ovary are: non-Hodgkin lymphoma, an aggressive type of blood cancer; and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“When we get into the diagnosis, that is the most important thing,” Folsers said.
“We want to know if the patient is getting the correct diagnosis.”
The researchers suggest that women who need to use ovarian ultrasound should ask their doctor about it before starting the procedure.
“In this case, we are saying that we have to wait and see how it goes and what the outcomes are,” Flanders added.
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The researchers say their study also indicates that women’s health care providers should make a decision about whether to allow women to use the procedure as early as possible.
The new study was published in PLOS One.
The authors of the study were from the University of Florida, the University College London, the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, and the University Hospital in Barcelona.
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