If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion, you will need to know certain information beforehand to ensure your safety. This information includes your pregnancy’s gestational age, location, and viability—and an ultrasound is the only way to determine these details.
Read on to learn more about the reasons you need an ultrasound before an abortion. Or, if you want to talk to someone about your pregnancy and receive free resources and services, contact us today to schedule a confidential appointment.
Abortion Comes with Risks
Abortion comes with risks to your physical 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
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
While these risks can happen to anyone, you are more likely to experience a risk after taking the abortion drugs if any of the following situations apply to you:
- Your pregnancy is older than ten weeks gestation
- Your pregnancy is located outside your uterus (known as an ectopic pregnancy)
- You’re unknowingly experiencing a miscarriage (which happens in roughly 26% of known pregnancies)
Ultrasound Reveals Details You Need to Know to Stay Safe
Ultrasound is a scan that can help reveal your pregnancy’s gestational age, location, and viability (signs of life that determine whether you’ve had a miscarriage). These are essential details you need to know before seeking an abortion.
Ultrasound will also help determine what abortion options are available to you. For example, medical abortion is only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is ten weeks gestation or younger. Even if you think you might know your pregnancy’s age, an ultrasound is the only reliable way to know.
No matter what choice you make for your pregnancy, it will be life-changing. But you’re not alone in this. At Empower Life Center, we’re here for you with free pregnancy resources, services, and information to help you feel supported and encouraged throughout this process.
Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.