Are you considering abortion as the solution for your unexpected pregnancy? Make sure you get an ultrasound before scheduling one. 

You need to confirm if you’re actually pregnant and the pregnancy is growing, learn the location of the pregnancy, and figure out how far along you are. Only ultrasound can give you accurate information. At Hope Women’s Center, we offer free ultrasounds.

What Is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is an imaging technique. It uses sound waves to produce images of a pregnancy in the uterus.

To perform the ultrasound, a technician applies a special gel to your abdomen. Then, they use a wand-like instrument to rub through the gel. The sound waves reflected off your bones are converted into images on a monitor.

What You Learn From An Ultrasound

A positive pregnancy test isn’t enough information to make a decision about your pregnancy. There are so many things you still need to learn.

1. Is Your Pregnancy Viable, Or Have You Miscarried?

It is entirely possible to get a positive result on a pregnancy test even though you have already miscarried. Pregnancy hormones don’t immediately disappear from your body after a miscarriage. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. The number is likely higher since many women miscarry before realizing they’re pregnant. Some experts suggest that miscarriages could be as high as 31%.

Only an ultrasound can show if your pregnancy is viable and developing or if you’ve had a miscarriage.

2. Where Is Your Pregnancy Located?

A normal pregnancy will implant and grow in your uterus. However, some pregnancies develop outside the uterus. These pregnancies are called ectopic. 

An ectopic pregnancy implants in the fallopian tubes leading to the uterus or some other part of the body which means it cannot grow normally. If left untreated, it can cause life-threatening complications. Ultrasound tells you the location of your pregnancy.

3. How Far Along Is Your Pregnancy?

The abortion procedure you have is determined by how many weeks (or days) you’ve been pregnant. Are you positive you know when you got pregnant? Many women are surprised to learn they are much farther along than they initially thought.

If you’re not anticipating being pregnant, you’re not watching for pregnancy symptoms. You may think you’re protected because you use birth control, but no method is 100% effective. Experts found late pregnancy awareness occurred in 23% of the women studied.

An ultrasound scan can indicate how far along you are, so you’ll know which abortion method is available and what to expect. 

Let Us Help You

Schedule a free ultrasound at Hope Women’s Center after getting a positive result from one of our pregnancy tests. We’re here to answer your questions and give you the information you need to make an empowered choice. Call us today.

Often, women think abortion is their only choice.