Medical pretesting is standard practice for quality health care and precedes any medical procedure. However, many abortion clinics do not provide these services to women except on the same day as an abortion procedure. You deserve to know what the status of your pregnancy is before agreeing to any medical procedure. Expecting to receive the same standard of quality care that any other medical procedure requires is in your best interest in ensuring your health and safety.
Ultrasound answers the following 3 key questions:
If you cannot remember when your last period was or have a history of irregular periods, an ultrasound will give you the gestational age of your pregnancy. If you are planning on having an abortion, you will need to know how far along you are in order to determine which abortion methods are available to you. It is very common for women to be off by weeks in their own pregnancy calculation.
If you are pregnant and considering abortion, you may not need one.
A positive pregnancy test recognizes the presence of the pregnancy hormone HCG. HCG can be present even if the pregnancy is not viable. Studies show that as many as one in five early pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. An ultrasound can help determine if your pregnancy is viable by detecting a fetal heartbeat. (A fetal heartbeat can be measured as early as 21 days after conception.)
If your pregnancy is ectopic, meaning the fertilized egg is outside of the uterus, you will need to seek emergency medical attention. An ultrasound can help determine if your pregnancy is developing inside the uterus or assess if you are at risk for an ectopic pregnancy.
If you believe you may be pregnant, schedule an appointment for a no-cost confidential pregnancy test and ultrasound at Your Options Medical today.