Regardless of your pregnancy decision, having an ultrasound is essential. Ultrasounds identify critical pregnancy information that helps you move forward and take charge of your health.
What is an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to create images of bodily structures. They are used to take a look at organs and identify certain conditions.
During an obstetric ultrasound, the provider will apply a gel-like substance to your abdomen and use a transducer to produce an image on the screen. Abdominal ultrasounds are noninvasive, while transvaginal ultrasounds are invasive as the transducer is placed inside your vagina.
Both ultrasound methods produce an image of your uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
Why Do I Need An Ultrasound?
Even if you’re considering abortion, you need an ultrasound. Ultrasounds provide essential information about your pregnancy, including viability, gestational age, and location. The provider can determine how far along you are and whether you have a pregnancy complication like a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
Miscarriages occur in up to 26% of all pregnancies and may require medical treatment. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg implants in a location other than the uterus and is dangerous if left untreated. Abortion isn’t a viable option or treatment method for either of these conditions.
If you have an abortion by first undergoing an ultrasound, you could be at risk for complications if you are further along than previously thought or suffering from a health condition. Don’t leave your health up to change; get an ultrasound before making a pregnancy decision.
Before Your Abortion
Helping Hands Pregnancy and Parenting Center offers referrals for free and confidential ultrasounds. After you’ve confirmed your pregnancy, get the facts with an obstetric ultrasound.
Make an appointment today for pregnancy confirmation services.
Does an Ultrasound Really Matter?
No matter your pregnancy decision, having an ultrasound protects your health and alerts you to potential complications.