Ultrasound is a vital part of confirming your pregnancy. Before you consider an abortion, an ultrasound exam gives you a better idea of when you got pregnant, if the pregnancy is viable (developing), or if you’ve had a miscarriage, and the location of the pregnancy.
AscentCare offers ultrasounds at no cost to you.
What Is An Ultrasound?
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a picture of the inside of your uterus. Our technician first applies a gel-like substance to your abdomen and rubs a wand-like instrument called a transducer through the gel.
The transducer picks up the echoes of the sound waves and forms an image on a monitor. The technician will point out what you’re seeing and listen for a viable heartbeat.
Why Do I Need An Ultrasound?
It would seem a positive pregnancy test result should be enough information to make a decision about your unplanned pregnancy. But there is much more to know.
How Far Along You Are In Your Pregnancy
An ultrasound exam confirms the number of weeks you’ve been pregnant. Knowing the date your pregnancy began is essential if you are considering abortion. How far along you are in your pregnancy determines the type of abortion procedure you would have.
The abortion pill is approved for pregnancies up to 70 days (10 weeks), according to the FDA. You may have to have a surgical procedure if your pregnancy is over 70 days.
If Your Pregnancy Is Viable (Developing)
A viable pregnancy means it’s developing and continuing to grow. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to at least 20% of pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. Ultrasound lets you know if your pregnancy is viable or if you’ve had a miscarriage.
There’s no reason to schedule an abortion if you have already miscarried.
The Location Of Your Pregnancy
Although rare, some pregnancies do not form in the uterus. These are ectopic pregnancies, which require you to visit a healthcare professional immediately. An ultrasound exam locates your pregnancy.
We never want financial concerns to be why you can’t get the information you need. Our goal is that you would leave your visit confident in your knowledge and empowered in your decision-making. Schedule your appointment today.