Before you decide the next step in your pregnancy, especially if you’re considering abortion, you will need a viability ultrasound. This is one of the most important tests you can have after you confirm you are pregnant. At Women’s Clinics Maryland, we offer free viability ultrasounds or referrals for a diagnostic ultrasound.
What Is An Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a medical scan that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture images from inside your body. You can’t hear the sound waves, but you will see the image on the computer screen.
At Women’s Clinics Maryland, a licensed medical professional, overseen by a physician, administers the ultrasound scan. It records the echoes of the sound waves as they bounce back and create the image you see.
What Does a Viability Ultrasound Do?
Ultrasounds are used for a variety of medical procedures. If you are an athlete, a doctor can use ultrasound to detect an injury. A doctor can also use ultrasound to locate a specific area for a biopsy. For you, a viability ultrasound gives vital information about your pregnancy.
- The word viability means the ability to live. If the ultrasound scan locates a heartbeat, it confirms the fetus is developing.
- It indicates how far along you are. The ultrasound tells you the gestational age of your pregnancy. By measuring the size of the fetus, our medical professionals will be able to determine the date of conception, as well as an expected due date.
- It locates the area of the pregnancy. It’s essential to know where the pregnancy is located in your body. If the fetus has attached somewhere other than the uterus, it’s called an ectopic (or tubal) pregnancy. This type of pregnancy can lead to a severe medical emergency if left untreated.
Why Is an Ultrasound Important?
Ultrasounds provide real-time information. You’ll know what is happening inside your body at the time you see the images. Knowing whether your pregnancy is viable or not will help you understand what to do next.
As you can see, an ultrasound scan gives you essential data to make your final decision, including abortion. We want you to have as much knowledge as possible. No one should make a life-altering decision without completely knowing what’s involved. Plus, we never want you to feel like you’re making your decision alone. We’re here to help.
What Do I Do After The Ultrasound?
Once you have received a positive pregnancy test at the Clinic and then had an ultrasound, you will have all of the information you need to plan your next steps. Deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy is a life-altering decision. We never want you to feel alone. We can discuss all of your options, talk about your current life situation, and even talk about your dreams for your future.
Schedule a Free Ultrasound
Contact us or walk-in to Women’s Clinics Maryland for free pregnancy testing. If medically indicated, we can schedule you for a free ultrasound, too. Then, let’s sit down and talk about your options together. You are not alone.
Women’s Clinics Maryland neither performs nor refers for abortion.