Maybe you’re stressed – overwhelmed by the many emotions that come with an unplanned pregnancy. We get it, but you’re not alone with your next steps. Many women are confused by the need to get an ultrasound after getting a positive pregnancy test. To move forward with any pregnancy decision, including abortion, an ultrasound is necessary. Here’s why.
What Is an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a quick and painless process. It uses high-frequency sound waves to generate an image of your uterus onto a monitor. A gel-like substance is put on your belly and then a transducer device is rubbed over the gel to pick up the sound waves and onto a screen for your viewing if you’d like. This is the same procedure we use at Life Choices Center.
Why Do I Need An Ultrasound Prior to Abortion?
You’ll need to know specific details about your pregnancy before making any decision. To get this information, an ultrasound is needed. The next step is to confirm these three details:
1. The Viability of Your Pregnancy
The viability of your pregnancy has to do with the heartbeat of the fetus. Twenty percent of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, which can be revealed by ultrasound.
2. How Far Along You Are
Know exactly how far along you are with an ultrasound. You can determine an estimated due date and when conception happened so you know what your pregnancy options are. You’ll qualify for a medical abortion if your pregnancy is 10 weeks or less. Any pregnancy past 10 weeks will require a surgical abortion.
3. The Location of Your Pregnancy
Sometimes the embryo implants somewhere other than in the uterus. Though this is rare for women, there is still a chance it could happen. An ectopic pregnancy is when the pregnancy grows outside of the uterus and comes with serious health risks. Medical attention is needed right away.
When Should I Get An Ultrasound?
An early ultrasound is normally performed to confirm pregnancy at 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.
Once you confirm your pregnancy details, you will know what options are available to you.
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