Free Limited Ultrasound for Those Considering Abortion
If you receive a positive pregnancy test in our office and are thinking about an abortion, you may be eligible for a free ultrasound. Our nurses will make the determination of who is eligible for the ultrasound based on established criteria.
Ultrasounds are performed by medical staff specifically-trained in limited ultrasound.
Why have an ultrasound before making a pregnancy decision?
Confirm a viable pregnancy. - A positive pregnancy test does not mean that you have a healthy pregnancy. The test could be inaccurate, or you could be experiencing a miscarriage. Between 15-25% of pregnancies will end in miscarriage. An ultrasound is an accurate confirmation of viable pregnancy.
Give an estimate of the age of the pregnancy - If you are wondering when you might have conceived or cannot remember when your last period was, an ultrasound will give you a measurement of the age of your pregnancy. If you are considering having an abortion, knowing how many weeks pregnant you are will determine your abortion options.
May determine if pregnancy is in correct position - On rare occasions, the pregnancy may be growing outside of the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy grows within the fallopian tube(s) and is life threatening to the mother. Sometimes, this type of pregnancy can be detected by ultrasound. You will need to see your health-care provider immediately for a pelvic exam if you suspect you have an abnormal pregnancy.
May confirm multiple gestation - Is there more than one pregnancy? (twins)
This education is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.