‘It’s a good sign’ for women as pregnancy test is approved

LONDON — The United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency has approved a pregnancy test to detect the presence of an abnormal uterus in women over 45.

The test, which uses an enzyme called RASP-1 to detect hormones in a sample of urine, is being developed to diagnose infertility in women of reproductive age, the agency said in a statement.

A study in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found the test could detect a rise in hormones during the first trimester of pregnancy and also detect abnormal uterine tissue in women in the early stages of pregnancy.

In a study published last year, scientists at the University of Oxford showed that the enzyme can detect abnormalities in the womb in women who have been treated for other health problems.