Your pregnancy test came back positive. Even if you’re considering abortion, an ultrasound is still an essential next step. It answers three important questions that are necessary to help you determine which options are available to you.
How far along am I?
Ultrasound utilizes sound wave technology to measure the fetus. This will allow the sonographer to accurately date your pregnancy and determine your due date.
If you’re considering an abortion, you may wonder why this is necessary. Here’s why: How far along you are determines what kind of abortion procedure you can choose.
Medication abortion, or the abortion pill, is an early abortion method that is only available during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. There are various types of surgical abortions available at different stages in your pregnancy. Knowing how far along you are will let you know which kind of abortion procedure you’re eligible for.
Where is the pregnancy located?
Pregnancies are supposed to form in the uterus, and most do. However, occasionally they start to grow outside the uterus, most commonly in the Fallopian tubes. These ectopic or tubal pregnancies are nonviable and can be life-threatening to you.
An ultrasound will reveal where the pregnancy is located. If it’s located anywhere outside the uterus, it is nonviable, and you’ll need to seek medical attention immediately.
Is the pregnancy viable?
Even if your pregnancy test came back positive, it’s important to monitor the growth and health of the pregnancy. Approximately 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriages. If you’ve miscarried, you’ll need to seek medical attention and a recommendation from a doctor on how to proceed.
We provide ultrasounds for free so you can get all your questions answered and be empowered with the information to make the choice that’s best and right for you. Schedule your appointment today.