3 Reasons to Have an Ultrasound Before an Abortion

Once you’ve received a positive, lab-quality pregnancy test, an ultrasound is your next step to pregnancy confirmation so you can continue with your pregnancy decision. We know it feels scary right now, but we’re here for you along your pregnancy journey.

3 Reasons to Have An Ultrasound

An ultrasound is a common imaging technique that uses sound waves to produce images of a pregnancy within the uterus. Here are three essential details that an ultrasound confirms:

1. The Viability

The viability of your pregnancy refers to if you have a growing and healthy pregnancy. It’s possible to get a positive pregnancy test result even though you have already miscarried, as the pregnancy hormones don’t disappear right away from your body after a miscarriage. 

The Mayo Clinic reveals that up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, which is likely higher since many women miscarry before realizing they’re pregnant. An ultrasound is the only step that can confirm this complication and whether your pregnancy is healthy.

2. The Location of Your Pregnancy 

Confirm whether your pregnancy is growing correctly, which should be inside the uterus. Some women experience an ectopic pregnancy, which develops outside the uterus and can be dangerous to a woman’s health if not treated immediately. 

An ectopic pregnancy implants in the fallopian tubes leading to the uterus and cannot grow normally. An ultrasound will confirm the location of your pregnancy so you can be sure.

3. How Far Along You Are

You may be farther along in your pregnancy than you thought. An ultrasound will confirm how far along you are and what is available. You will need this insight to proceed with a pregnancy decision, as different abortion procedures are done at different points of pregnancy.

Free Pregnancy Verification 

Woman to Woman offers lab-quality urine pregnancy testing for insurance and Medicaid verification. Pregnancy viability is confirmed via ultrasound. If you believe you are pregnant and want to see a professional provider at Woman to Woman Health Center, schedule an online appointment today. 
We can also educate you about all your pregnancy options so you feel confident in your decision. We are here to help because you’re worth it!