woman considering an ultrasound before having an abortion

Are you considering an abortion after finding out you’re unexpectedly pregnant? You are not alone. Get clarity about abortion, the risks, and an ultrasound before moving forward. An ultrasound not only confirms your pregnancy details but safeguards your health. Here are three reasons you need an ultrasound before abortion:

1. Confirm Viability 

Did you receive a positive pregnancy test result at home? Though you are likely pregnant, an ultrasound can help you determine your pregnancy’s viability. Viability means whether your pregnancy is progressing and has a detectable heartbeat.

Up to 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. It means your pregnancy has stopped growing, and there is no longer a heartbeat. You may be unaware it happened, but you could still get a positive pregnancy test result. Miscarriage may require further medical treatment and monitoring if it has occurred.

2. Confirm How Far Along You Are

Also known as gestational age, knowing how far along you are in pregnancy is important information when considering abortion. It will help you determine your options, as medical abortion is only FDA-approved through ten weeks of gestation. 

Taking medical abortion drugs without knowing your gestational age could cause major health issues and complications.

3. Confirm the Location

Lastly, confirm the location of your pregnancy. Normal, healthy pregnancies are located in the uterus, but some women may experience ectopic pregnancies. This type of complication occurs when the fertilized egg implants in a location other than the uterus, like the fallopian tube. 

Ectopic pregnancies are a threat to your health and need immediate medical attention. An ultrasound may detect a potential ectopic pregnancy and will ensure you get the medical attention and treatment quickly.

Schedule a Free Appointment

Make your free appointment at Assure Women’s Center today to get clarity about your pregnancy details and make an informed pregnancy decision. All our services are completely free, private, and confidential.

Begin with a free pregnancy test appointment. If you qualify, we can do a follow-up ultrasound. We are also here to help you get more information about your pregnancy options.

“Miscarriage.” NIH, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK532992/.

“Ectopic Pregnancy.” Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ectopic-pregnancy/symptoms-causes/syc-20372088.

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