Before you can decide the next step in your pregnancy, even if you’re choosing abortion, you will need an ultrasound. This is one of the most important tests you can have after you confirm you are pregnant. At the Pregnancy Clinic, we offer free viability ultrasounds or referrals for a diagnostic ultrasound.
What Is an Ultrasound?
The idea of using sound waves to create an image seems strange, but that’s what an ultrasound does. It is a medical scan that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body, but the scan is done on the outside. You can’t hear the waves, but you will see an image of the fetus on the computer screen
To begin, a licensed medical professional overseen by a physician administers the ultrasound scan. They place a gel-like substance on your stomach. Then, an instrument (called a transducer) is used to record the echoes of the sound waves through your stomach as they bounce back. These echoes create the image you see.
What Does a Viability Ultrasound Do?
Ultrasounds are used for a variety of medical procedures. If you are an athlete, a doctor can use ultrasound to detect an injury. A doctor can also use ultrasound to locate a specific area for a biopsy. For you, a viability ultrasound gives vital information about your pregnancy.
- The word viability means the ability to live. If the ultrasound scan locates a heartbeat, it confirms the fetus is developing.
- It indicates how far along you are. The ultrasound tells you the gestational age of your pregnancy. By measuring the size of the fetus, our medical professionals will be able to determine the date of conception, as well as an expected due date.
- It locates the area of the pregnancy. It’s essential to know where the pregnancy is located in your body. If the fetus has attached somewhere other than the uterus, it’s called an ectopic (or tubal) pregnancy. This type of pregnancy can lead to a severe medical emergency if left untreated.
Why Is an Ultrasound Important?
Ultrasounds provide real-time information. You’ll know what is happening inside your body at the time you see the images. Knowing whether your pregnancy is viable or not will help you understand what to do next.
As you can see, an ultrasound scan gives you essential data to make your final decision, including abortion. We want you to have as much knowledge as possible. No one should make a life-altering decision without completely knowing what’s involved. Plus, we never want you to feel like you’re making your decision alone. We’re here to help.