How Does an Ultrasound Work?

An ultrasound is a safe and harmless technology that uses sound waves to create an image of what is happening inside your body.

If you are pregnant and considering your options, an ultrasound scan is an essential step in learning more details about your pregnancy and protecting your health.

Why is an Ultrasound Scan Necessary?

An ultrasound scan reveals critical facts about your pregnancy if you are pregnant. The three main facts an ultrasound can detect are:

1. Age of Pregnancy

An ultrasound will show how far along you are in your pregnancy. The gestational age is vitally important as you consider what options are available to you. For example, as a protection for your health, the FDA only recommends attempting a medical abortion through the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

2. Viability of Pregnancy

The Mayo Clinic estimates that up to 20% of pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. The ultrasound scan can determine if your pregnancy is viable (developing with a detectable heartbeat) or if you have miscarried. You will then know what steps to take to protect your health.

3. Location of Pregnancy

While the vast majority of pregnancies attach and grow properly in the uterus, some women experience a complication known as ectopic pregnancy.

This complication occurs when your pregnancy begins to grow somewhere outside of your uterus, like in a fallopian tube.

An ectopic pregnancy is a very serious health issue that requires immediate medical intervention to protect your health and keep you safe.

Next Steps

New Life Clinic is here to help. We offer free pregnancy exams that include a lab-quality pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy, as well as a follow-up ultrasound scan.

Our trained medical staff will also discuss your ultrasound scan results, your options, and answer all your questions.

Knowing all the details of your pregnancy and the options available will empower you to make the best decision for your health and future.

Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential appointment.