Did your pregnancy test come back positive? Before you panic or make any other decisions, you need an ultrasound so you can learn as much as possible about the pregnancy.
Do I Need An Ultrasound?
Yes! An ultrasound provides information you won’t get from a pregnancy test about your unplanned pregnancy. Whether you’re considering an abortion or continuing with the pregnancy, there are three questions you need to have answered:
How far along is the pregnancy?
How far along you are will determine the kind of abortion you can have.
A medication abortion (the abortion pill) must be taken during the first 9-10 weeks of pregnancy to be effective. If you’re farther along than that, you’re ineligible for the abortion pill.
There are a few different kinds of surgical abortion procedures and the ones available to you also depend on how far along you are.
Is the pregnancy continuing?
Your pregnancy test can come back positive if your body has produced enough of the hCG hormone. But, nearly 1 in 4 pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. An ultrasound will show whether you’ve miscarried or if the pregnancy is continuing based on a heartbeat. You’ll need to seek medical attention if the ultrasound reveals a miscarriage.
Where is the pregnancy located?
While rare, sometimes the embryo implants somewhere other than in the uterus, usually in the Fallopian tubes. This type of pregnancy is called tubal or ectopic and can be life-threatening to you. An abortion won’t resolve this serious health issue, and you’ll need to seek emergency medical care to prevent life-threatening consequences.
We offer free and confidential ultrasound appointments so you can learn as much as possible about your pregnancy before making a decision. We believe you deserve to be fully informed so you can make an empowered decision.
We’re here for you as you navigate this unknown path, regardless of which pregnancy outcome you choose. Contact us today to schedule your free ultrasound appointment.