Here is a woman wondering Why Do I Need an Ultrasound Prior to the Abortion Pill?

If you have decided that you want to take the abortion pill, your first step is to receive an ultrasound scan. Ultrasounds offer valuable information about your health, so you can stay safe as you make your pregnancy decision. Life Choices Center offers referrals for FREE on-site ultrasounds. Schedule your appointment as soon as possible to get the facts about your pregnancy.

What Is an Ultrasound?

Using high-frequency sound waves, an ultrasound produces an accurate image of your uterus. When beginning the ultrasound exam, a gel-like substance will first be put on your belly. Then, a transducer device is able to pick up intrauterine sound waves and displays an image onto a screen for your viewing, if desired.

Why Do I Need An Ultrasound Before My Abortion?

An abortion procedure requires a lab-quality pregnancy test and an ultrasound exam to ensure your own safety. Ultrasounds are incredibly important in this process because the results confirm these three details: 

1. Determine Which Abortion Procedure You Are Eligible For

An ultrasound shows you how far along you are in your pregnancy. This information is imperative to know because it determines what your pregnancy options truly are. You’ll qualify for a medical abortion with the abortion pill if your pregnancy is 10 weeks or less. Any pregnancy past 10 weeks will require a surgical abortion.

2. Determine Pregnancy Viability

The viability of your pregnancy is connected to the detection of a heartbeat from the fetus. Twenty percent of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, which can be revealed by ultrasound. Determining the viability of your pregnancy is imperative for your health.

3. Ensures That You are Healthy

Some women experience an ectopic pregnancy, This occurs when the pregnancy is growing outside of the uterus, which cannot survive. Surgery will most likely be needed right away for an ectopic pregnancy. Ultrasounds provide clarity in the determination of fetal location.

When Should I Get An Ultrasound?

The standard timeline for an early ultrasound is performed around 6-8 weeks after the first day of your last period. If you receive a positive pregnancy test at Life Choices Center, we’ll provide a referral for a free, onsite ultrasound with a physician. This will provide more information and a clearer picture of your pregnancy.

Schedule an Appointment

Contact us today to schedule a free appointment and receive the information you need to make an educated choice. We’re here to help.

Life Choices Center is not a medical facility and does not perform or refer for abortions.