ULTRASOUND, ALSO KNOWN AS A SONOGRAM, IS A PROCEDURE THAT USES HIGH-FREQUENCY SOUND WAVES TO PRODUCE IMAGES INSIDE SOMEONE’S BODY.
Using ultrasound during pregnancy allows the sonographer to see live images of the pelvic area and a growing fetus, which can confirm a pregnancy diagnosis and determine the gestational age of the pregnancy.
Before we can schedule you for an ultrasound, we need to have confirmation of a positive pregnancy test. This test can either be performed at one of our offices or at another doctor’s office. Request an appointment today to schedule a free pregnancy test, or if you have a letter from another provider, we will discuss scheduling you for an ultrasound appointment.
What is a Limited Ultrasound and what does it include?
At Alternatives, we provide free limited ultrasound services. During the exam we confirm:
- that the pregnancy is in the uterus and not located somewhere where it could be dangerous to the mother
- that there is a heartbeat
- the measurements to estimate how long you have been pregnant
Our ultrasound exams are limited to confirming these early diagnostic factors. If you are in need of a prenatal care provider, we can put you in contact with a doctor who can provide ongoing prenatal care and more in-depth ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy.
I’m considering an abortion. Should I still get an ultrasound?
Even if you are considering an abortion, obtaining critical information regarding your pregnancy is essential. It is important for your health and safety to ensure that the pregnancy is located within the uterus. If the pregnancy is located in the fallopian tubes or outside the uterus, this is a condition known as an ectopic pregnancy that can be life-threatening to the mother. For the safety of the mother, the FDA warns against taking the first of the two-part abortion pill series if you have an ectopic pregnancy¹. An ultrasound can determine the placement of the pregnancy to ensure your safety.
Additionally, the sonographer will be able to determine how far along you are and if a heartbeat is detected. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), “approximately 80% of all cases of pregnancy loss occur within the first trimester”². Due to a large number of early miscarriages, ensuring that you have a viable pregnancy before you make a final decision is beneficial both financially and for your health.
²National Center for Biotechnology Education: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK532992/