It’s important to receive an ultrasound before moving forward with an abortion. You may wonder why since you may think ultrasounds are only for women who are continuing their pregnancies.

Ultrasounds are essential for safeguarding your health and reveal three important details:

  • An ultrasound tells you how far along you are (gestational age)
  • An ultrasound tells you where your pregnancy is located (if it’s located within the uterus)
  • An ultrasound tells you if your pregnancy is viable (has a heartbeat & is progressing)

All three pieces of information are vital before proceeding with an abortion. Keep reading to learn why.

Why You Need An Ultrasound

Confirm How Far Along You Are

The abortion pill is only FDA-approved for women through the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. After this time, there are increased risks involved, including harm to your health and the possibility of an incomplete abortion. These can lead to infection and the need for another abortion.

Confirm the Location of Your Pregnancy

An ultrasound confirms the location of your pregnancy, as some women experience a pregnancy that develops somewhere other than the uterus. This is an ectopic pregnancy and is a non-viable pregnancy that can be dangerous and even life-threatening if not treated right away.

Confirm the Viability of Your Pregnancy

Lastly, an ultrasound confirms if your pregnancy is viable, which means there is a heartbeat and the pregnancy is progressing. 

Sometimes, pregnancy testing can come back positive, but your body naturally miscarries the pregnancy. Ultrasounds can alert you of potential pregnancy complications like a miscarriage. 

Signs and symptoms of a miscarriage can include:

  • Vaginal spotting/bleeding
  • Pain/cramping in your abdomen or lower back
  • Fluid or tissue passing from your vagina

Receive A Free Ultrasound 

An ultrasound will help you gather all the facts about your pregnancy so you can make an informed decision. 

Schedule a free appointment at Women’s Care Medical Center, to begin with an initial pregnancy appointment. We’re here to help.

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