Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?
A positive pregnancy test doesn’t necessarily mean you’re positively pregnant. Although pregnancy tests are relatively accurate, one study suggests up to 5% can indicate you aren’t pregnant when you actually are.
The Mayo Clinic and others suggest up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. It’s possible to get a positive pregnancy test result and no longer be pregnant.
As you can see, you need a lot more information to figure out your next step.
There are three fundamental reasons you need to have an ultrasound.
An ultrasound detects if your pregnancy is growing with a heartbeat. If not, it’s too early in your pregnancy, or you may have miscarried and should visit your healthcare provider.
The number of weeks you have been pregnant is called the gestational age. If you’re considering abortion, the abortion pill is only FDA-approved for women who’ve been pregnant for 10 weeks or less. Are you positive you know how long you’ve been pregnant? If not, you’ll want an ultrasound.
Some women experience an ectopic pregnancy. This type of pregnancy develops outside the uterus, usually within the Fallopian tubes. Although rare, it’s essential to be aware of this because an ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of the inside of your uterus. Our technician applies a gel-like substance to your abdomen. Then, the technician rubs a device known as a transducer through the gel. The transducer records sound waves and transforms them into images.
We believe the more information you have, the more confident you’ll be about your unplanned pregnancy decision. Our ultrasounds are provided at no cost and give you the necessary information, especially if you’re considering abortion.