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3 Reasons You Need an Ultrasound before Abortion

Topic: Abortion

Your period is late, you feel nauseous all the time, and the at-home pregnancy test was positive. Nothing could be more unplanned than being pregnant at this time in your life. This has got to be a dream, right? 

If you’re wondering what to do next, we suggest coming to Women’s Care Medical Center. 

First, you need to confirm those at-home pregnancy test results. Over-the-counter pregnancy tests are accurate but a lot of women either take them too soon or don’t follow the instructions carefully.

We provide a 99% accurate lab-certified pregnancy test by trained healthcare professionals at no cost to you. For positive test results, we will provide education and resources based on your needs and plans. 

We can also provide a Pregnancy Verification form to submit for insurance benefits.

Why ultrasounds are important Before considering Abortion

1.)   Up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur in the early weeks of pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even realizes she’s pregnant. Even after you’ve miscarried, you can still experience pregnancy symptoms and get a positive pregnancy test result days or even weeks afterward.

The only way to know if your pregnancy is actually viable is with an ultrasound. A viable pregnancy means it’s still growing normally. If it’s no longer viable, there’s no reason to schedule an abortion appointment.

2.)   Even if you carefully track your monthly cycle, ovulation (the time you get pregnant) is challenging to determine. If your menstrual cycle is irregular, it can be even more difficult to figure out.

Abortion methods are determined by how far along your pregnancy is. If you are under 10 weeks pregnant, you are eligible for a medication abortion. If you’re over 10 weeks a surgical abortion is your only abortion option. Ultrasound determines gestational age (how long you’ve been pregnant) by taking measurements of your pregnancy in your uterus.

3.)   Ultrasound also pinpoints the location of your pregnancy. When an embryo attaches somewhere other than your uterus it’s known as an ectopic pregnancy. Although rare, untreated ectopic pregnancies are dangerous and can be life-threatening. Abortion does not change or end an ectopic pregnancy.

What to do after the ultrasound

If your pregnancy test and ultrasound reveal you still have a viable pregnancy, how far along you are, and where the pregnancy is located, it’s now decision time. You owe it to yourself to be fully informed on all your pregnancy options. Yes, believe it or not, abortion is not your only choice.

We provide a safe, confidential, judgment-free environment to talk about all of your options and help you move forward in your pregnancy decision. 

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