A positive pregnancy test cannot tell you all there is to know about your pregnancy. An ultrasound is important to confirm vital pregnancy details that determine your pregnancy health and options.
Do I Need An Ultrasound?
1. Confirm viability
An ultrasound confirms that the pregnancy is viable and verifies that the pregnancy is healthy and progressing. Roughly 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and abortion isn’t an option for miscarriage treatment. An ultrasound will alert you to this complication. After a miscarriage, a healthcare provider will offer different treatment options unique to your situation.
2. Confirm pregnancy location
Pregnancy location matters, as many women experience a life-threatening complication called ectopic pregnancy. This condition occurs when the pregnancy is in an area other than the uterus, such as a fallopian tube. Since the fallopian tube does not expand as the pregnancy progresses, ectopic pregnancy may cause severe complications, including heavy blood loss due to the tube bursting.
Abortion cannot resolve an ectopic pregnancy, so it is important to confirm with an ultrasound that the pregnancy is located in the uterus.
3. Confirm how far along you are
Lastly, confirm how far along you are to determine your next steps. Medical abortion (the abortion pill) is only FDA-approved up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. If you are farther along than this, medical abortion is not recommended.
It can be difficult to track pregnancy if you experience an irregular period every month. That’s why getting a pregnancy test with a medical professional is important, followed up by an ultrasound to be sure. An ultrasound with a medical provider will be able to determine exactly how far along you are.
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Schedule a free appointment today to begin pregnancy confirmation and get the clarity you need through an ultrasound. One step at a time.