What Is An Ultrasound?
If you have taken a pregnancy test, and it came back positive, your next step is to get an ultrasound.
An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of your uterus. The ultrasound technician will use a gel or lubricant to help reduce static between your skin and the transducer to get a clear picture.
By using an ultrasound machine, health care professionals can learn various things about your pregnancy.
What does ultrasound do?
Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be confusing and overwhelming. You need more information about your pregnancy than just a positive pregnancy test. We provide no-cost limited obstetric ultrasounds to women with positive pregnancy test results.
An ultrasound tells you:
- A limited obstetrical ultrasound can confirm how far along you are in the pregnancy, determining what type of abortion you may be eligible for. This is a crucial step when considering an abortion.
- An ultrasound can also detect a fetal heartbeat to ensure the pregnancy is viable, and you haven’t had a miscarriage. According to experts, up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage early in the first trimester.
- Ultrasound can also determine the location of your pregnancy. While most pregnancies develop in the uterus, there is a chance you have an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening. If you experience sharp pelvic or abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, gastrointestinal issues, or fatigue, seek medical attention immediately.
What are my next steps?
If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and need help, contact us today to set up your ultrasound appointment at one of our locations in Palm Beach County. After your ultrasound appointment, we can discuss your pregnancy options.
Our caring staff is here to listen and help you make a confident decision about your pregnancy.