Did you recently take a pregnancy test and it turned out positive? To ensure that your pregnancy test result is accurate, you need an ultrasound scan. Ultrasound is the best and most accurate way to get the information you need. At A Choice for Women, we offer free and confidential limited ultrasounds.
What Is An Ultrasound?
During an ultrasound, a technician will apply a gel-like substance to your stomach. An instrument called a transducer is rubbed over the gel to detect sound waves in your abdomen. The sound waves bounce off whatever is in your uterus to create an image on a screen. Once the image appears, the technician will translate it for you.
What Does An Ultrasound Tell Me?
A first-trimester ultrasound examination evaluates the presence, size, and location of the pregnancy. Our free limited ultrasounds will confirm whether your pregnancy is viable (a heartbeat is detected) and estimate how far along you are. There are several reasons why an ultrasound is important:
- It verifies if you have or have not had a miscarriage. The Mayo Clinic estimates up to 20% or more of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. You can still get a positive pregnancy test result for days or even weeks afterward. Obviously, if you have miscarried there is no need for any further decisions.
- Sadly, some pregnancies do not form in the uterus. They may develop in the fallopian tube. This type of pregnancy is called an ectopic pregnancy and can be extremely dangerous.
- By measuring the growth of the fetus, the technician can determine how long you have been pregnant. Knowing the gestational age determines the likely date of conception and a possible due date.
Why Do I Need This Information?
If you’re considering abortion, you need to know the information ultrasound provides.
- If you’ve had a miscarriage, there is no reason to make an appointment for an abortion.
- Abortion will not take care of an ectopic pregnancy
- You need to know how long you’ve been pregnant to determine what type of abortion you’re eligible for. Medication abortion is only available for up to nine weeks. After ten weeks, you will be required to have a surgical abortion.
As you can see, ultrasound is a very important part of the process.
How Do I Know if I Qualify for a Free, Confidential Ultrasound?
We offer free pregnancy tests to determine if you are eligible for an ultrasound. After a positive test, we will discuss all your options. Depending on your circumstances, a free ultrasound could result from this discussion. All services and appointments are confidential and cost-free, and no insurance is required. Before you make a decision about your pregnancy, you deserve to be empowered with knowledge so you can make an informed decision that’s right for you.