Finding out about your unexpected pregnancy can be overwhelming. You received a positive pregnancy test…so now what? To ensure that your pregnancy test results are accurate, we always suggest receiving an ultrasound. At Lilli Women’s Center, we offer free and confidential ultrasounds to confirm pregnancy and give you valuable information about your pregnancy.
What does an ultrasound do?
An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to project an image of the inside of the uterus onto a screen. The ultrasound tech normally uses a gel to reduce static between your skin and the transducer (the sensing device) to receive a clear picture.
An ultrasound can tell you a variety of factors about your pregnancy. Three important factors that an ultrasound reveals are:
- If you have a viable pregnancy (detects a heartbeat)
- Reveals the locations of your pregnancy (if it’s within your uterus or outside – known as ectopic pregnancy)
- How far along you are
Why do I need an ultrasound?
Regardless of what pregnancy option you are considering, an ultrasound is vital. An ultrasound is the best way to give you more information about your pregnancy and alert you to any health complications or risks. Miscarriages are common as approximately 10 to 20 percent of all known pregnancies end in a miscarriage.
If the fetus is growing somewhere outside of the uterus, it may be an ectopic pregnancy that could even be life-threatening. A pregnancy has to implant inside of the uterus, or it is considered an ectopic pregnancy and is not safe to carry or move forward with an abortion.
What are my next steps?
After receiving an ultrasound, you are ready to begin considering all your options. Our options educators at Lilli Women’s Center are here to educate and discuss every option and answer any questions you may have. Your decision-making process is unique to you, and we want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Schedule a free & confidential ultrasound appointment with our caring team today.