Did you know you really need more information than just a positive pregnancy test to make a confident decision? The best way to get all of the information you want is with an ultrasound. If you received a positive result with one of our pregnancy tests, we’ll schedule you for a free and confidential ultrasound.
What Is An Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is an imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image of the inside of your abdomen. Because the Mayo Clinic says up to 20% of known pregnancies can end in a natural miscarriage, getting an ultrasound early in your pregnancy confirms if you’re actually pregnant.
For the ultrasound, our medical technician applies a gel-like substance to your abdomen. The gel helps transmit sound waves. A hand-held device called a transducer is rubbed over the gel to record the echoes of the sound waves it picks up. It’s those echoes that create the image you’ll see on a monitor.
Why Do I Need An Ultrasound?
An ultrasound answers three very important questions.
- How many weeks have you been pregnant?
- Is the pregnancy viable or have you had a miscarriage?
- Where is your pregnancy located?
If you’re considering abortion, you need to definitely know how far along your pregnancy is. The number of weeks you’ve been pregnant (the gestational age) determines which abortion procedure you can have.
If you’ve been pregnant 10 weeks or less, you qualify a medical abortion. Anything over that, and you would need an in-clinic surgical abortion.
To determine if your pregnancy is viable (growing), an ultrasound will detect the movement of the fetus and you will hear a heartbeat. You’ll definitely know you haven’t miscarried.
Finally, although rare, your pregnancy can be located outside of your uterus. This is called an ectopic pregnancy and is extremely dangerous to your health. You should see a medical professional immediately.
Before Your Abortion
We recommend a full pre-abortion screening before making your appointment. This includes a free and confidential pregnancy test as well as an ultrasound. Once you have all the information, we can talk about your current life situation, the plans you have for your future, and what options you have to achieve your goals.
We truly care about you. We promise to offer truthful, accurate information without judgment or manipulation. Let us walk this journey with you. This is a big decision and we hope you won’t make it alone.