Reasons You Need an Ultrasound Before Abortion

If you’re considering an abortion, it’s essential to get an ultrasound. This simple scan will give you the critical information you need to stay safe, including your pregnancy’s gestational age (how far along you are), its location (growing in your uterus), and if it’s viable (if there’s a heartbeat).

Read on to learn more about the reasons you need an ultrasound before an abortion. Or, if you want to schedule a free ultrasound appointment and talk in a safe, non-judgmental environment, contact Attleboro Women’s Health Center today. Same-day appointments may be available.

Abortion Comes with Risks

Abortion comes with risks to your physical and mental health. For example, the abortion pill is associated with the following risks:

  • Incomplete abortion, which is when parts of the terminated pregnancy remain in your uterus
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

You’re more likely to experience one of these risks if your pregnancy is past 10 weeks gestation (the abortion drugs are only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is 10 weeks gestation or under). An ultrasound can help determine your pregnancy’s gestational age.

Ultrasound Reveals Details You Need to Know to Stay Safe

Along with determining how far along you are in your pregnancy, an ultrasound also reveals your pregnancy’s location. This is important for ruling out ectopic pregnancy, which is when a pregnancy attaches and grows outside the uterus. It’s a life-threatening situation that requires immediate medical intervention.

Ultrasound will also help determine your pregnancy’s viability by looking for signs of life that decide whether or not you’re still pregnant or have had a miscarriage. Because 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, this is a critical step. If you’ve experienced one, you will need medical follow-up to ensure you don’t face complications.

Next Steps

Navigating your pregnancy options can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone in this. At Attleboro Women’s Health Center, we’re here for you.

Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment. Same-day appointments may also be available.