If you’re pregnant and considering abortion, you might be wondering why you would need to get an ultrasound scan. While many states require one before getting an abortion, that’s not the only reason you should consider scheduling an appointment for an ultrasound scan. 

Ultrasounds will provide valuable insight to you and are a key piece to making an informed choice regarding abortion and your unique pregnancy.

First, what is an Ultrasound and how do they work?

An ultrasound is a scan that uses soundwaves, instead of radiation or other imaging technology, to create an image of internal organs and structures within the human body. Ultrasounds, also known as sonograms, are most frequently used to display an image of a pregnancy within the womb. These images can be used to gather information on the pregnancy about the developing fetus. They’re non-invasive and will not be painful or uncomfortable.

Here are five key reasons to schedule an appointment for an ultrasound scan before your abortion:

1. Your ultrasound results will help determine which abortion option you’re eligible for

There are various methods of abortion available and your eligibility for each will most likely be determined by the stage of pregnancy you’re in. An ultrasound is the most accurate method of determining the gestational age and potential due date of the pregnancy. 

2. You’ll need an ultrasound to determine if the pregnancy is viable.

Even if you’re received a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound will help determine if you are pregnant with a viable pregnancy, meaning a pregnancy that is likely to make it to term and would have a chance of survival outside of the womb.

3. An ultrasound is necessary to discover immediate health concerns.

When a pregnancy isn’t located in the womb, it’s considered ectopic and can be dangerous and even life-threatening to the woman. Ultrasounds will show the location of the pregnancy and identify any immediate concerns related to your health and the condition of the fetus that might impact your abortion options.

4. Seeing an ultrasound provides you with more information and allows you to make a fully informed choice.

When making a decision for your pregnancy, it’s important that you have all of the information you need in front of you. Getting an ultrasound is the best way to access all of the information regarding your unique pregnancy and health conditions and is essential in making an informed decision.

5. They’re free at your local pregnancy clinic!

The good news is that you don’t have to pay anything to get access to an ultrasound! Your local pregnancy clinic, like First Step Women’s Center, will provide you with no-cost and confidential pregnancy services, including ultrasound scans!