Is the NIH posting misleading EC info?
The "morning after pill" is associated with a 10-fold increase in risk of this condition [ectopic pregnancy] when its use fails to prevent pregnancy.
MedlinePlus is a online health encycolpedia for consumers published by the National Institutes of Health.
Well, knock me over with a feather and call me Fifi; a 10-fold increase you say?
The way I see it, there are 3 possible explanations for this statement:
1) It's a typo.
2) The information is accurate.
3) The government is deliberately making stuff up.
I haven't yet contacted the site operator, so the typo explanation remains a possibility.
It's also possible that, while I slept last night, the medical consensus has changed and ECP use is, indeed, associated with a 10-fold increase in risk of ectopic pregnancy. This one is easily verifiable; all we need to do is to look at the relevant literature.
Emma goes on to review the literature.
Synopsis: If failed ECP increases the risk of ectopic pregancy, nobody told science. There is no evidence that failed ECP increases the risk of ectopic pregancy vs. normal pregnancy. Besides which, ECP is just plain effective at preventing pregnancy--which means that it reduces a woman's risk of both the ectopic and non-ectopic varietes.