The main reason you should get an ultrasound is simply to determine viability. With this safe and accurate procedure you will also be able to determine if your pregnancy is viable, determine the gestational age (how far along you are), and to rule out ectopic pregnancy. Many women we see are considering abortion and use our services to determine viability. If you’re a woman considering abortion, you may not even need to make that decision. Get a FREE limited ultrasound at Options Care Center. One out of four pregnancies ends naturally without the pain and cost of an abortion. All scans are read by a licensed OB and are performed by trained medical professionals.
WHY SHOULD I GET AN ULTRASOUND?
- Confirm pregnancy test
- Detect if the pregnancy is viable
- Determine the gestational age (How far along you are)
- Pinpoint the location of the pregnancy (normal or ectopic pregnancy)
- One in four pregnancies end before 7 weeks. You may not need to get an abortion.
- Your gestational age determines the cost and type of abortion that you could be eligible for.
WHAT IS AN ULTRASOUND?
An ultrasound is simply a method of creating an image with the use of high frequency sound waves, so high they cannot be heard by human ears. The sound waves bounce back to the ultrasound equipment to form the image on a monitor. The procedure is totally safe and painless for both you and your baby.
At Options Care Center you will receive a FREE abdominal ultrasound in which our medical professional will pass the wand over your belly to transmit the image to the ultrasound monitor.
There is another ultrasound procedure, in most cases performed when a transabdominal isn’t clear, called a transvaginal ultrasound. According to the Mayo Clinic, “A transvaginal ultrasound allows your doctor to see the exact location of your pregnancy. For this test, a wand-like device is placed into your vagina. It uses sound waves to create images of your uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, and sends the pictures to a nearby monitor.”1 Options Care Center offers transvaginal ultrasounds for early pregnancy, if necessary.
A SAFE AND HEALTHY PREGNANCY
One very important reason you should get an ultrasound is to determine the location of the pregnancy. If the pregnancy is not in the right place there could be a problem. According to Mayo Clinic, “An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus. Pregnancy begins with a fertilized egg. Normally, the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy most often occurs in a fallopian tube, which carries eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. This type of ectopic pregnancy is called a tubal pregnancy.” 2
Another reason you should get an ultrasound is to determine if the pregnancy is healthy and viable. Many women considering abortion use our services to find out if they are likely to miscarry the pregnancy. More information on that can be found at Mayo Clinic. 3
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR AN ULTRASOUND?
It is a good idea to wear loose fitting clothes for easy access to your abdomen when you come to Options Care Center to have your FREE ultrasound. It is recommended that you drink plenty of liquids (water) and try to not empty your bladder before the procedure. A full bladder makes it easier for detecting viability.
The ultrasound is given after the pregnancy is confirmed. If the ultrasound is given too early in the pregnancy, it may require a follow up ultrasound, which will also be given at no cost to you.
FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL
A great starting point may be for you to make an appointment for your ultrasound—it’s FREE and confidential and our caring staff can answer any question you may have. Before your ultrasound, you will meet with one of our advocates to go over your medical history and discuss all of your concerns. At Options Care Center, we are here to help you with your pregnancy.