Why is an Ultrasound Important?

At Options for Women Pregnancy Clinic, we offer free ultrasounds for all of our patients who have a positive pregnancy test and meet our medical criteria. But what is an ultrasound, and why is it needed?

An ultrasound uses sound waves to show a picture (sonogram) of your baby while it is still in your womb, or uterus. There are many reasons why women may have ultrasounds during a pregnancy, such as checking on the health and growth of the unborn baby.

ultrasoundAt Options for Women, we use ultrasound tests to ensure that our patients:

1.      Have a viable pregnancy. As many as one third of all pregnancies can end in a natural miscarriage early on, so we want to ensure that you truly are pregnant.

2.      Know how far along you actually are based on the baby’s measurements, not just an estimate based on the first day of your last menstrual period. The baby’s gestational age will also determine what options you have if you are considering abortion.

Many people who are pro-abortion claim that pregnancy help clinics such as ours only want to offer women ultrasounds as a way to manipulate them into keeping their babies. While we do believe that ultrasound images can have a powerful impact in showing women there is a very real life growing inside of them, our reasons for offering ultrasounds are much more practical.

The simple truth is, we believe you deserve the best care possible, and that includes knowing and understanding all of the options facing you. If you are thinking seriously about abortion, you need to know how far along in your pregnancy you are so that you can understand what type of abortion you may be able to have.

Prior to nine weeks along, you may be able to have a medical abortion (also sometimes referred to as a chemical abortion or the abortion pill) that does not include a surgical procedure. But if you are more than nine weeks along, a surgical abortion will be needed. There are two types of surgical abortion, and those are also determined by how far along you are.

To fully understand the risks and side effects associated with the option you are considering, we feel strongly that you need to have all of the correct facts before making your decision.

Without an ultrasound, women are often left guessing at how far along they are, based on when they last had a menstrual period. If you have irregular cycles or don’t keep track of your cycles, it may be more difficult for you to estimate how far along you are in your pregnancy. But an ultrasound can tell you, and then we can provide you with the facts on all of the options facing you.

If you think you may be pregnant and/or are considering an abortion, schedule a FREE appointment at Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic today. Our nurses and staff will help you determine how far along your pregnancy is and what options are facing you. Call today at 863-393-6988.

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