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Do I need an ultrasound before an abortion?

An abortion clinic may or may not offer an ultrasound before an abortion, though sometimes they do.  The real question is how could an ultrasound benefit you?  Let’s take a look at the pro’s and con’s. Pro’s: Viability Check: An ultrasound helps determine if your positive pregnancy test is really a living, growing pregnancy or just […]

An abortion clinic may or may not offer an ultrasound before an abortion, though sometimes they do.  The real question is how could an ultrasound benefit you?  Let’s take a look at the pro’s and con’s.

Pro’s:

  • Viability Check: An ultrasound helps determine if your positive pregnancy test is really a living, growing pregnancy or just a response of hormones from a miscarriage.  If there is not a living, growing pregnancy, an abortion is not needed to end it.  The benefit here is clear: no emotional burden from having an abortion, no physical risk from having an abortion, no cost from having an abortion.   
  • Ruling out Ectopic Pregnancy: If an abortion is performed (whether by pills or surgery), it will not end a pregnancy growing outside of the uterus, known as an ectopic pregnancy (and sometimes known as a tubal pregnancy, if growing specifically in the fallopian tube).  If undetected (and especially if not suspected, thinking the abortion ended the pregnancy), an ectopic pregnancy can be a dangerous medical situation.  An ultrasound looks for where the pregnancy is located.
  • Determination of Size/Age of Pregnancy:  Abortion procedures vary depending on how far along the pregnancy is.  While the date of the last menstrual period provides an initial estimate, it is often corrected by the date/age discovered in the ultrasound.

Con’s:

  • At many abortion facilities, there is a fee for an ultrasound or insurance is needed. 

HOWEVER, at the Pregnancy Clinic, all of our services are FREE of charge.  We are able to provide a free, viability ultrasound if you have a positive pregnancy test and are considering abortion.

Text us today for your appointment: 443.333.8856.