What Is an Ultrasound Scan?

If you have an unplanned pregnancy and confirmed your pregnancy with a test, you will want to have an ultrasound to confirm some details about your pregnancy.

How Does an Ultrasound Work?

An ultrasound uses sound waves to form a picture of the inside of your abdomen. The scan tells you some very important information about your pregnancy. It tells you the viability of your pregnancy by determining whether there is a heartbeat, as well as the location of the pregnancy. The ultrasound will also tell you your gestational age, or how far along you are.

The Importance of An Ultrasound

An ultrasound may not seem necessary, but it is very important. An estimated 30% of pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, so an ultrasound will confirm that there is a heartbeat and your pregnancy is healthy. This information will give you the details you need to consider your options.

If you’re considering an abortion, your pregnancy’s gestational age will determine which procedure you are eligible for in places where abortion is legal. The abortion pill is only FDA-approved for use within 10 weeks of pregnancy. After, another abortion procedure might be considered safer for you by a provider.

An ultrasound will also determine whether you have an ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy located outside of the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy can be very dangerous if left untreated, so it is important that you seek medical attention promptly if this is the case.

Schedule a Pregnancy Confirmation Appointment

Schedule an appointment for no-cost pregnancy confirmation services. If positive, we’ll provide an on-site, limited ultrasound scan to identify pregnancy gestation, viability, and location so you can protect your health and understand your available options.

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