If you’re reading this blog, you’re likely wondering why you need to have an ultrasound scan prior to your abortion.

Whether or not you plan on accessing an abortion, if you are pregnant, an ultrasound is an important step in maintaining your health and safety. It also ensures you are informed and knowledgeable about what’s happening to your body during this time.

Here are five reasons you need an ultrasound before abortion:

1. An ultrasound is the only way to truly confirm your pregnancy

So you’ve taken an at-home pregnancy test, but did you know the only way to really confirm you are pregnant is through an ultrasound? That’s right! While a pregnancy test identifies the pregnancy hormone, HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), it does not confirm whether a pregnancy is actually viable.

Your ultrasound will help determine if your pregnancy has a heartbeat, is developing properly for its stage, and is located in the proper position.

2. An ultrasound determines your eligibility for abortion procedures

An ultrasound will help identify the gestational age of your pregnancy. Even if you have carefully tracked your menstrual cycle and believe you know when your pregnancy was conceived, it’s important to confirm this information with an ultrasound.

Because certain abortion procedures can only be accessed safely and effectively at certain points in your pregnancy, knowing how far along you are will be an important step in keeping you safe and healthy.

3. They will identify serious health conditions

Abortion procedures can be either ineffective or dangerous to your health if provided alongside certain health conditions.

One of the main conditions an ultrasound will identify is an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is a dangerous, nonviable pregnancy developed outside of the uterus, typically in the fallopian tube. If left untreated, an ectopic pregnancy can be fatal. It’s important to identify this early and treat it immediately.

4. An ultrasound allows you to make an informed choice for your pregnancy

We spend countless hours researching new products, restaurants, hotels, etc.

Doesn’t it make sense to invest even more time and energy into researching the best option for your pregnancy? Ultrasounds are an important step in ensuring you have all of the information you need as you make the best choice for your pregnancy.

5. Ultrasounds are free and easy to access

Not only is an ultrasound essential when considering abortion, but they are also absolutely free and easy to access through your local pregnancy center. Alpha Omega Center offers free ultrasound scans, lab-quality pregnancy testing, STI testing, options counseling, and more.

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